Module Catalogue 2019/20

AGE2000 : Newcastle University Ageing Generations Education (NU-AGE)

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ellen Tullo
  • Lecturer: Dr Luisa Wakeling
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



• To demonstrate to students the relevance of ageing in the modern world, with examples arising from a
range of disciplines including health, engineering and the arts.
• To emphasise positive concepts relating to ageing such as “ageing well”, the maintenance of health,
and anti-ageist approaches.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus includes material from a broad range of topics with links to ageing, divided into three strands corresponding to the three faculties at Newcastle. Students will cover all topics, regardless of their parent faculty.

Ageing Sciences (FMS):
•       Introduction to basic biological principles (via blackboard for non-science students)
•       Biology of ageing e.g basic physiology
•       Keeping well in later life
•       Clinical ageing

Ageing Technology (SAGE):
•       Current and proposed solutions for older living including:
o       Architecture/town-planning
o       Computing, IT access and digital technologies
o       Transport and travel

Ageing, Society & Culture (HASS):
•       Ageing community and economy e.g. neighbourhoods, pensions, politics
•       Ageing and culture e.g. ageism, impact of the cultural environment on the ageing process

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:
•       Describe basic biological processes relating to ageing

•       Explain how modification of lifestyle factors may reduce the risk of developing
age-related disease

•       Discuss the importance of social inclusion, neighbourhoods and social networks to older people

•       Describe examples of existing technological innovations designed to support
independent living

•       Identify and discuss examples of ageism in society

•       Identify examples of current and age-related research at Newcastle university and elsewhere

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

•       Reflect on the relevance of their degree programme and career plans to the lives of
older people

•       Develop reflective writing skills

•       Outline potential age-related study topics or research questions

•       Demonstrate communication and teamwork skills through participation in debate,
interaction with older people (face-to-face and online) and inter-faculty group projects

•       Design and plan an ageing-related living solution and present these ideas in an
oral presentation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00Lectures generally given by guest lecturers
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Linked to student led group activity for assignment. Time to pursue reading and research
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading241:0024:00Available via BB
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Workshops including supervised group work/interaction with older volunteers/intergenerational debate
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity161:0016:00Relating to lectures, workshops and online directed research and teaching. Available via BB
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity81:008:00Linked to group assignment preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study91:009:00Pursuit of own interests and optional supervised visits eg residential facility or an arts event
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion161:0016:00Relating to lectures, workshops and online directed research and teaching. Completed using BB
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

• Lectures are a way of introducing multiple examples of ageing related research and teaching already occurring at Newcastle University in all 3 faculties. Delivered by academics directly involved in ageing research, lectures will increase the knowledge of students about ageing in its broadest context, as per the knowledge related learning outcomes. We hope to be able to open a number of lectures to members of the public who can also contribute to questioning and discussion
• Workshops will facilitate interaction between students from different faculties, provide opportunities of experiential learning, and allow interaction with older members of the public who are living independent lives
• Study coordinated via BB (Directed research and reading, reflective learning activities and online discussion) will reinforce knowledge gained during lectures and allow student access to further resources including audio and video. The e-learning format allows for interactive activities to improve knowledge, and the discussion fora will be used to encourage students to interact with each other and with a group of older people who have access to the facilities. Students have access to an online journal to act as a tool to encourage reflection on the relevance of their own degree to the lives of older people.
• In preparation for one of the workshops and for one of the assignments, students will be asked to work together in groups to design an age-related living solution. This will encourage collaborative, communication and organisational skills.
• Students will be allocated time for assessment preparation and completion, and independent study, which will allow pursuit of individual interests and time to consider whether their future career plans might impact the lives of older people.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152A50Group activity to design an age related living solution – max 15mins.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2A20Completed via BB. Mark is for engagement with reflective journal and evidence of contribution to online discussion fora
Report2A301000 words reflective report covering learning during the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

• Computer-based participation assessment will review extent of student engagement with the online materials and interaction with other students and members of the public.
• The reflective report will assess students’ ability to sythesise reflections on learning during the module in order to apply new knowledge and skills to own degree course and career aspirations. Students will need to demonstrate awareness of current research in order to propose potential future research questions.
• The group presentation will assess collaborative, communication and organisational skills. The project requires the ability to work together to pool knowledge and creativity to develop an innovative design for an age-related living solution. The presentation format requires the ability to communicate ideas to a wider audience and explain the rationale behind the ideas. Formative feedback from members of the public offers students an alternative opinion from the potential recipients of their design.

Students must pass each of the components in order to pass the module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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