Postgraduate Course: Telecare (NUST11084)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course focuses on three main themes:
The technology: examining Telecare solutions and exploring user centred design
The home: critiquing the transformation of the domestic environment into a smart extension of a care environment
The practice: exploring issues around an evidence based approach, ethics and potential risks to service users and providers of health and care services.
Reasons why health and care staff maybe more ambivalent towards using assistive technologies and the lived experience of carers and service users, who have Telecare at home, are also explored. Finally, the impact Telecare has on traditional roles and the emerging new advanced professional skills, needed to excel in a technology enhanced care environment, is also examined, whilst reflecting on whether we really need humans to carry out caring activities in homes of the future.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. Formative assessment - Week 2: Students will be asked to:
Choose 3 'types of Telecare devices', from a list, and explore the information available to consumers on the Internet. Try and find commercial resources from own country of residence and note the costs, benefits and whether the sites note any risks or legal issues concerning the installation of such technologies in homes. The assignment should be condensed to 3 PowerPoint slides that students will be expected to present to their peers during a scheduled on-line seminar at the end of week 2.
2. Summative assessment of 1,500 - 2,000 words to be submitted by Week 10 (80% of total mark)
3. Active participation and contribution to shared learning via the discussion board (20% of total marks).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate different types (generations) of assistive technologies and identify implementation methods for devices that support independent living.
- Summarise and critically assess the existing empirical evidence regarding Telecare evaluations.
- Chart the transformation pathway of the home from a caring domestic environment to a 'smart' extension of a care facility.
- Explore the potential of embedding Telecare as part of a holistic care package, which addresses the effects of social isolation in older adults.
|OUDSHOORN, N. 2012. How places matter: telecare technologies and the changing spatial dimensions of healthcare. Social Studies of Science, 42, 121-42.|
POLS, J. & WILLEMS, D. 2011. Innovation and evaluation: taming and unleashing telecare technology. Sociology of Health & Illness, 33, 484-98.
BARLOW, J., SINGH, D., BAYER, S. & CURRY, R. 2007. A systematic review of the benefits of home telecare for frail elderly people and those with long-term conditions. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 13, 172-179.
LINSKELL, J. & BOUAMRANE, M. M. 2012. Assisted-living spaces for end-users with complex needs: a proposed implementation and delivery model. Health Informatics Journal, 18, 159-70.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr Sharon Levy
Tel: (0131 6)51 5595
|Course secretary||Mrs Alison Grahamslaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 4277
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