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MMB8004 : Ageing & Health

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Cousins
  • Lecturer: Professor John Mathers, Professor Alan Thomas, Professor Julia Newton, Dr Elizabeth Hill, Dr Louise Allan, Professor Julian Hughes, Professor David Burn, Prof. Helen Rodgers, Dr Robert Barber, Dr Steve Parry, Prof. Roger Michael Francis, Prof. Paula Moynihan, Dr Tuomo Polvikoski, Professor Raj Kalaria, Professor Richard Walker
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to introduce the student to the current issues and research in the field of ageing and health by presenting a state of the art knowledge and experience from clinical experts and researchers specialising in the health of older people. It is a review in-depth of clinical aspects of health in older age and is appropriate to clinicians and non-clinicians alike. This module, OR MMB8011 are compulsory for students wishing to qualify with an MRes in Ageing and Health (4814F). The two modules place emphasis on interactions between the biological and clinical aspects of ageing at many levels. The potential economic and social benefits of advances in gerontology through engagement with business, health and social care services, and the community are also considered. This module may be taken by students wishing to specialise in Ageing and Health or as a stand alone 20 credit module for the MRes and other programmes.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module includes lectures and seminars from leading experts on:

• Epidemiology of Ageing and age-associated impairment
• Public Health
• Mental health
o       Dementia
o       Depression
• Physical health
o       Stroke
o       Movement disorder
o       Visual Disorders
o       Gastrointestinal disease
o       Musculoskeletal problems and osteoporosis
o       Oral health and nutrition
o       Diabetes
• Interactions of chronic diseases, ageing and health
• Innovative solutions to impairment: rehabilitation and the use of assistive technologies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation of Presentation (does not include presentation time)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Essay - Preparation and Submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparation for the Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture142:0028:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Preparing Notes form Lectures and Reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Tutorials, Seminars and Workshops includes module introduction plus time on student presentations
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Reflective Learning and Reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide students with current specialist knowledge from clinical experts in the field of ageing and health. The group is small enough to promote interaction with teachers, and seminars (workshops) which will be used for some themes to complement lectures. Both methods will encourage students to reflect individually and in small groups on the state of current knowledge of complex diseases of ageing, based on clinical research.

Critical appraisal, data interpretation and presentation skills will be practised in seminars (all key skills outcomes) and the tutorials will encourage the students to reflect on their learning. Students working in small groups in lectures, seminars and tutorials will encourage collaboration and teamwork. All of these activities relate directly to the learning outcomes above.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Oral presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen written paper tests the student’s knowledge base, comprehension and ability to discuss the subject critically. The oral presentation tests the student’s ability to present data (communication skills) and the level of their understanding of the subject in the context of a particular example. The short essay tests the student's ability to write concisely and critically on the subject and evaluates their ability to source information around the chosen subject as well as other IT skills associated with scientific writing.

Reading Lists