Bodily Aging and Health Gerontology
2013-2014 - MGE4031 - 15 ECTS

On the basis of

MGE4001 Introduction to Gerontology (Module 1)

Expected learning outcomes

Within knowledge:
The student
can apply and discuss knowledge about normal aging processes
can apply and discuss knowledge within the key areas of Geriatrics
can apply knowledge about the most important types of functional loss in high age and their causes, prevalence, methods of mapping and course of events
can apply and discuss knowledge about the most important features of the organization and legislation of nursing- and care services
know the most important challenges within administration and management in municipal nursing- and care services
Within skills:

The student

  • can initiate rehabilitation measures in case of prolonged chronic functional loss for the elderly
  • can initiate health-promoting and preventive measures for the elderly


  • The body's normal aging process
  • Biological aging theories
  • The most important acute and chronic diseases for the elderly
  • Functional loss and need of assistance in elderly years
  • Relevant welfare technology
  • The role of family and next-of-kin in relation to elderly with ill-health
  • The philosophy of health care
  • Organization and management of health care services in municipalities
  • Innovation
  • Rehabilitation of elderly people
  • Mental and physical activity, learning and training
  • Administrative and legal challenges in the municipal nursing- and care services
  • Important research methods within the field of bodily aging

Teaching Methods

Group works
Net Support Learning

Teaching Methods (additional text)

MGE4031 (Module 4) focuses on the aging body and its vulnerability, but also on its possibilities.
MGE4031 (Module 4) starts with a joint session for all the students. One day is set aside for an introduction to MGE4031 (Module 4), an outline of time schedule and topics, individual and groupwise appointments (for the students that want to cooperate on the project design). Several days are set aside for project-work as a method. In addition, students are offered resource lectures within the core areas of MGE4031 (Module 4).

The Days of Introduction will be followed by computer-based resource lectures. During MGE4031 (Module 4) the student shall, individually or together with one or two fellow-students, finish a project design ( a practical project relevant for health problems of the elderly). The research question may be clinical or administrative, but must thematically be connected to the topic “Elderly people with functional loss".

The University College will contribute to the facilitation of individually-tailored offers of course programme and offers of practical placement and work experience if this is desired.

Form(s) of Assessment

Home exam, see textarea

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

The student will individually or in groups of two or three prepare a proposal for project description (see above) of 4000 words to be assessed by the teaching staff according to the current marking scale, based on the following criteria:
•        The research question and the method are academically justified
•        The research question is operationalized, limited and elaborated
•        The research question is practically focused and the target group is clear
•        The suggested method for implementation is relevant
•        The design contains a clear and feasible time plan
•        The project can be assessed

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and external examiners

Re-sit examination

Project description in adapted form, alternatively describe a new project

Coursework Requirements

Obligatory working requirements:

  1. Participation in a basic unit
  2. Participation in tutoring about the project description