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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS3281 Dementia: the Personal Journey

10 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Gary Morris

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Certificated evidence of ability to study at level 3; students should have studied Level 2 modules in health or social care related subjects.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module addresses the educational / awareness raising needs as identified in the National Dementia Strategy (DOH 2009). The emphasis throughout is upon the personal journey as experienced directly by those affected - persons with dementia, family members, carers and friends. It reflects the personhood work of notable theorists including Tom Kitwood and the Bradford Dementia Group. The focus upon the personal experience takes a holistic approach which is further widened to embrace the totality of one's experience including states of both struggling and coping. Students are introduced to a core theoretical base which incorporates a broad selection of research as well as personal first-person narratives. This acknowledges the status of those directly affected as "experts by experience". Student learning is facilitated through a blended learning approach providing an innovative and engaging learning environment.


The module aims at developing an enhanced awareness of the lived dementia experience as affecting persons with dementia, carers, family and friends through an examination of:

- Types of dementia and aetiology
- Impact upon daily life
- Experienced difficulties
- Stigma
- Cultural dynamics
- Supportive interventions
- Peer support
- Campaigning
- Living well / Living beyond dementia

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Critically reflect upon the impact that dementia can have upon the daily life of those living with the condition, carers and family members

Demonstrate a critical understanding of evidence based interventions which meet the physical, psychological and social needs of individuals with dementia, their families and carers.

Critically Illustrate ways in which individuals with dementia can be assisted to live well and cope with the changes to their cognition.

Analyse the dementia experience within varying cultural frameworks.

Skills outcomes
Dementia experience
Dementia care
Family member's / carer's needs


- Dementia - manifestations and aetiology

- Lived experience - the person with dementia (online study)

- Struggling - experienced problems and impact upon one's daily life

- Lived experience - carers (online study)

- Impact upon the family (including children and adolescents)

- Coping and living beyond dementia (online study)

- Cultural dynamics

- The environment of care - own home, nursing home, hospital setting (online study)

- Therapeutic interventions:
Psychological Therapies
Reminiscence and Validation
Academic supervison

- Creative approaches / arts (online study)

- Autonomy and education:
Choosing a nursing home
Raising awareness and changing attitudes (Campaigning / dementia champions/dementia friends)

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning52.0010.00
Independent online learning hours2.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Guided study - students engaged in a search of blogs and discussion forums where personal dementia experience is expressed / discussed.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative review of students work carried out after each of the e-learning activities. Students are required to submit responses to questions based upon the material and content accessed. Tutorial sessions will provide further opportunities through group discussion / exercises to review engagement with learning content. Academic supervision offered - group and individual.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 words100.00
Online AssessmentFORMATIVE: E-Learning Package0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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