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Postgraduate Course: Telecare (NUST11084)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Online Activities 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate different types (generations) of assistive technologies and identify implementation methods for devices that support independent living.
  2. Summarise and critically assess the existing empirical evidence regarding Telecare evaluations.
  3. Chart the transformation pathway of the home from a caring domestic environment to a 'smart' extension of a care facility.
  4. Explore the potential of embedding Telecare as part of a holistic care package, which addresses the effects of social isolation in older adults.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMr Sharon Levy
Tel: (0131 6)51 5595
Course secretaryMrs Alison Grahamslaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 4277
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