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 an understanding of the changes that occur in the human body with age and aids to observe healty ageing.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to
- be able to identify the structures of the human body and name the different organs and describe the normal healthy functions in the body as a basis for the ageing process
- understand and be able to describe the age related changes in the structure and the function of the human body and understand the consequences of the ageing of the body for the individual
- be able to identify healhty body functions in elderly, encourage health promoting body activities and prevent damages.

Course contents

Human Anatomy and Physiology. Age related changes in organs of the human body

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Not necessary

Previous course names

Gerontology/ Anatomy and Physiology and Biological Aspects of Ageing

Recommended or required reading

Digiovanna,A.G. 2000. Human aging biological perspectives. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.ISBN 0-07-292691-0
Additional litterture
Brocklehurst, J. 1998. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. Saunders Pub. ISBN 0-443-02696-3.
Hampton, K. 1997. The Biology of Human Ageing. Brown Pub.
ISBN 0-697-13783-X

Study activities

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 10 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 10 hours
  • Project work and productions - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 68 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 78 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 55 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods


Assessment requirements

Accepted examination in Biological Ageing


Tillman Ilse


Tillman Ilse

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

2010-12-13 - Exams

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