Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level 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 more quality of life, innovative and independent living by user-friendly design for elderly.

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 able to demonstrate her/his skills in the English language, in scientific writing and in presenting a conference paper.
-is expected to summerize in his/her project work and in the final conference: Gerontechnology Why and How? Demonstrating insight and experience from many different scientific domains as well as consulting multiprofessionals and older people themselves - userfriendly design.

Course contents

The students will choose a specific area of interest and use information from the course Introduction to Gerontechnology for their individual project works: An existing product or service to be developed with the perspective of Design for all, Inclusive design and/or Product development using multiprofessional teamwork and consultation. Information from previous study visits like Loppukiri,and new visits to Toimiva koti, Iita-project and Iiris and an optional visit to Kontula elderly center and the IT-project will be used. The student will also make study visits 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 geronoms, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, technical devises technicians, nutritionists, speech therapists, music therapists,researchers,elderly etc 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 in the end of May 2013.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Introduction to gerontechnology 5cu

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.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 15 hours
  • Small-group work - 10 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 25 hours
  • Individual studies - 48 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Grading 1-5. Written study visit reports. Three compulsory study visits.
Presented idea of project work in ideaseminars.
Individual tutorials for starting own projectwork.


Gustafs Christel


Gustafs Christel

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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