Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to develop a specific area within current gerontechnology through an individual project work where multiprofessional resources are contacted and used. Thus providing healthy and independent living for elderly in our dynamic society, enriched by technical devises and information networks.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student:
- is in her/his project work expected to demonstrate a deep understandig of the process of ageing and the everyday life of the elderly
- is expected to apply this gerontological knowledge in her/his gerontechnological solution
- is able to demonstrate her/his skills in the English language, in scientific writing and in presenting a conference paper.

Course contents

The students have chosen a specific area of interest in the course Introduction to Gerontechnology for their individual project works: An exsisting product or service to be developed with the perspective of Design for all, Inclusive design and Product development using multiprofessional teamwork and consultaion. Information from previous studyvisits like Toimiva koti or new visits to Iiris and Swedish assosiation for hearing impairment will be used. The student will also make studyvisits of his/her own according to what is needed for the specific individual project chosen.
The student will work independently and consult different professionals like physiotherapists, occupational therapists or technical devises technicians according to the specific project work chosen. The student's individual project work will be presented as poster, abstract and oral presentation in the final conference of the whole Gerontechnology module.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Introduction to gerontechnology 5cu

Previous course names

Product Development

Recommended or required reading

Fozard J. et al.2000. Gerontechnology: Creating enabling environments for the challenges and opportunities of aging. Educational Gerontology, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p 331, 14p.
Graafmans,J.,Taipale, V. & Charness,N.(eds.).1998. Gerontechnology: a sustainable investment in the future. Amsterdam : IOS Press
ISBN: 90-5199-367-6
Harrington T.L. & Harrington M.K. 2000. Gerontechnology Why and How. Shaker Publishing B.V. ISBN 90-423-0107-4
Lecture notes.
Also lecture notes specificly from:
Introduction to Gerontechnology (Design for all and inclusive design).
Notes and information from study visits.
Scientific articles.

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


Gustafs Christel


Gustafs Christel

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

2011-05-31 - Reports and productions

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