UCC CPD courses

Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia

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Fact File

  • Title

    Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia

  • Code

    CG6015

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €995. Also application fee of €35. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please see full entry requirements below. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    9th of August 2019.

  • Venue

    UCC.  Exact rooms to be confirmed on registration.

  • Credits

    10

  • Start Date

    19th of September 2019.

Outline

The objective of this module is to gain an understanding of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment and dementia.

Module Content: 

  • Epidemiology,
  • Risk factors and prevention of dementia;
  • Cognitive reserve, cognitive domains and commonly used cognitive assessment tools;
  • Language versus memory in assessment;
  • Subjective memory impairment and mild cognitive impairment versus dementia;
  • Diagnosing and disclosing diagnoses;
  • Differential diagnosis of dementia;
  • Dementia sub-types;
  • Delirium;
  • Treatment of memory impairment - cognitive enhancing medications, cognitive rehabilitation, cognitive stimulation;
  • Treatment of "Behaviour and Psychological symptoms of dementia" psychosocioeducational interventions, medications.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the current evidence for interventions to prevent and/or delay dementia.
  • Integrate knowledge of brain regions, cognitive domains and specific dementia syndromes to aid diagnosis and individualized care planning.
  • Discuss the assessment and differential diagnoses of subjective and objective cognitive impairment.
  • Evaluate preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for delirium in various settings.
  • Reflect upon the complex inter-relationship between communication and cognition as it relates to cognitive assessment.
  • Critically appraise the evidence for treatment strategies for BPSD, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies.
  • Evaluate commonly used rehabilitation strategies for cognitive impairment, both restorative and adaptive.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 40 x 1hr(s) Lectures (Includes Group Discussions, Workshops and Directed Study, e-learning, and web seminars); 160 x 1hr(s) Other (Self-Directed Learning).

A ten-credit module equates to 200-250 hours of learning, including approximately 40-50 hours of structured contact time.

Provisional class dates 2019/20: Venue      
19th September 2019 TBC
20th September 2019 TBC
28th November 2019 TBC
29th November 2019 TBC

Practicalities

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 3,000 Word Essay - 150 Marks; In-Class MCQ - 50 Marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Progression:

CPD module credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia: 

In accordance with UCC's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning, a student who has successfully completed modules for Continuous Professional Development within the MSc in Dementia programme, and/or has completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level (subject to approval of the Programme Team), and who meets the entry requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia, can apply to register for the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years.   The modules available to be taken under these conditions are to a maximum of 20 credits in total, with a limit of 15 credits to be taken in any year.   Acceptance of a candidate onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia is subject to Garda Vetting. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy

CPD module credit towards the MSc in Dementia: 

In accordance with UCC's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning, a student who has successfully completed modules for Continuous Professional Development within the MSc in Dementia programme, and/or has completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level (subject to approval of the Programme Team), and who meets the entry requirements for the MSc in Dementia, can apply to register for the MSc in Dementia with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years. The modules available to be taken under these conditions are to a maximum of 20 credits in total, with a limit of 15 credits to be taken in any year. Acceptance of a candidate onto the MSc in Dementia is subject to Garda Vetting. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Requirements

Candidates must have:

  1. A Primary Degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent academic qualification and professional experience to be approved by the programme team;
  2. Ideally candidates should have at least one year's practical experience in their area of qualification post-registration;
  3. Applicants who do not meet the normal academic or experience requirements may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the Programme Team.

*A relevant health care discipline includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing science, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology, and social studies.

  • Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, taking certain modules will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.
  • If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see the comparable table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €995.  There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

 

Application Form:

CPD Application Form 2019-20

Forward this form along with the

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.

Applications for this module are now open.

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