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Nursing Care Focused on Aging Well, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Omvårdnad med fokus på det goda åldrandet

This syllabus is valid: 2019-07-29 and until further notice

Course code: 3OM383

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Nursing: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

Grading scale: Pass course only, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Nursing

Revised by: Programme Council for nursing education, 2019-03-28


The course will cover in-depth studies of aging including aging as a part of the life course, the meaning of gerontology and geriatrics, factors related to good aging and other key topics related to aging. Aging will be discussed from nursing, biopsychosocial and intersectional scientific perspectives. The course will address the specialist nurse's function in the care of old people, strengthen understanding of aging within the life course perspective and highlight the importance of prevention and health promotion for aging well.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to

Knowledge and understanding
  • describe different theories and perspectives of good aging
Skills and Abilities
  • demonstrate the ability to interview and interpret life stories
  • relate life stories to theories of aging and to the social situation of old people
  • independently assess needs and prevention, plan actions and/or nursing assessments for old people based on scientific evidence, and evaluate these in relation to aging issues and social circumstances
Evaluation ability and approach
  • demonstrate the ability to analyse and assess different perspectives on aging that can affect the design of nursing care for old people

Required Knowledge

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and work experience as a nurse equivalent to at least 12 months full-time. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

This course is completely web based. A student-active problem-based learning approach will be applied. This will encompass knowledge-seeking, problem-solving, and application and reflection based on evidence and demonstrated experience. The pedagogical methods will include individual work, recorded lectures, study groups, posts in chat forums, written individual assignments and seminars. An educational support for the students' learning is targeted learning activities, with increasing difficulty towards the course objectives. A scientific approach will apply to all assignments, and students will be required to reference scientific literature. Posts in chat forums and seminars will be compulsory.

Some teaching may be in English.

Access to a computer with an internet connection of 2.0 Mbit/s or higher in both directions is required for the network elements, as are a USB headset with microphone and a webcam. Fixed connection is preferred. Internet access can be via networks in a campus, learning centre or library.

Examination modes

A two-grade grading scale applies: pass (G) and fail (U).

The course is examined in the form of written individual assignments with associated seminars. FSR 1-3 through written individual assignment and 4-5 are examined through a written individual submission assignment with associated seminar.
To pass (G) the whole course, a pass must be obtained in all examinations, and mandatory parts must be conducted.

The number of test sessions (examinations) is limited to five. A student who has failed twice has the right to request that the Programme Council provide a different examiner.

Deviations from the syllabus examination format are possible for a student who has been granted a teaching support decision due to a disability. An individual adaptation of the examination format should be considered based on the student's needs. The examination format is adapted within the framework of the expected syllabus study result. At the request of the student, the teacher in charge of the course must, in consultation with the examiner, decide promptly on the adapted examination format. The decision must then be communicated to the student.

Students can apply for a credit transfer in respect of the entire or a part of the course based on previously completed education or professional activities. Rejections of credit transfer applications in whole or in part must be justified in writing. Appeals against rejections of credit transfer applications should be submitted to the Higher Education Appeals Board. For more information, please contact Studentcentrum/Examina.

Other regulations

For further information, see the regulations at Umeå University.


Valid from: 2019 week 31

Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism
Ayalon Liat., Tesch-Römer Clemens.
Cham : Springer International Publishing : 2018 : XXX, 564 p. 10 illus. :
Table of Contents / Abstracts
ISBN: 9783319738208
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Mauk Kristen L.
Gerontological nursing : competencies for care
Fourth edition. : 2018 : xliii, 1009 pages :
Connect to this resource online
ISBN: 9781284104479
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Niklasson Johan
Morale in very old people : with focus on stroke, depression and survival
Umeå : Department of community medicine and rehabilitation, Umeå university : 2015 : 129 s. :
ISBN: 9789176013502
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Viglund Kerstin
Inner strength among old people : a resource for experience of health, despite disease and adversities
Umeå : Umeå universitet : 2013 : viii, 60 s. :
ISBN: 9789174597523
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