Degree Programme in Elderly Care, Multimodal implementation: MGERO22
DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME AND COMPETENCIES
Expertise in the Degree Programme in Elderly Care the focus is on ensuring that students become prepared and committed to the promotion of a good life for older people on the level of the individual, communities, organizations and also on the level of society. Their work with individual clients and groups involves prevention, support, care, rehabilitation and promotion of the old person’s participation in various settings of elderly care and services. Important areas in the degree programme are the assessment of aged clients' well-being, functional capacity and need for support and the well-planned use of various gerontological care and nursing interventions and social work methods and also psychosocia- and sosiocultrular methods to promote the client’s well-being and function.
The degree programme also emphasises skills required in the organization of individualized services, such as the assessment of service needs; case management; organisation of service pathways and multi-professional services for elderly clients, and supporting the clients’ families. On the level of service organisations, the focus is on the supervision of the service provision, first-level management and on the development of human resources and services. On the level of society, the emphasis is on the evaluation and development of the service provision systems and on influencing decision-making and elderly policies in society.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCY PROFILE
Completion of the studies guarantees a wide range of expertise and professional skills in elderly work. Multidisciplinary gerontological skills provide an opportunity to find employment in a variety of work environments for the elderly, such as home care, service housing, service guidance, management and development roles in both the public and private and third sectors. In the studies, it is possible to study some courses in English.
In the study as a whole, professional competencies have been taken into account, which have been developed in co-operation with all polytechnics offering gerontology education in Finland. Competences: multidisciplinary gerontology, guidance, service systems, multidisciplinary assessment, gerontological care, care and rehabilitation, management, development, quality
PEDAGOGICAL ACTION MODELS
The Degree Programme in Elderly Care uses the concept of socio-constructivist learning as a pedagogical background theory. Different student-centered and experiential as well as individual and collaborative as well as exploratory learning learning methods promote student learning. Learning methods are used in many ways: theory studies as lectures, digital learning environments, small group exercises, simulation exercises and practice of different methods. Some of the studies can be carried out as online studies, distance learning and contact teaching. There is also independent study in the studies. Studies can also be completed in an exchange abroad according to a personal study plan. Students can also complete their studies in SeAMK's multidisciplinary SeAMKPro learning environment in accordance with a personal study plan.
The curriculum has five transversal strands that run through the studies. They are based on SeAMK's reports, studies and strategy, as well as national and international recommendations and regulations for polytechnics:
The information acquisition plot strengthens the student's professional and sectoral information acquisition skills through studies and is part of working life skills. Finding and using knowledge is an integral part of learning in all studies in the degree program.
The internationality plot ensures the development of the student's international competence during their studies. The Bachelor of elderly care in multicultural and international work environments and encounters clients from many different cultures. Due to this, the contents of the education include multiculturalism, meeting people from different cultural backgrounds, teaching and learning materials in foreign languages, international exchanges, acting as an international tutor and internationalization at home.
Studies according to the Entrepreneurship plot help the student to understand the central and growing role of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in society. Being entrepreneurial is an important part of social work. The content of the studies includes internal and external entrepreneurship as well as financial thinking and management studies. In the reform of service structures, the private sector and the 3rd sector will be large service providers in the future and this will be taken into account in the content of studies.
Sustainable development as a strand helps the student to become aware of social responsibility and to understand the diversity of sustainable development as a working life skill. In the content of education, sustainable development emerges from different perspectives at different stages of education.
Career guidance as a thread helps the student to identify their own skills as well as their own strengths. Studies include reflecting on one's own professional growth and recognizing the meanings of multidisciplinary work. Topics for the development of one's own professional image also include knowledge of working life, job search skills and lifelong learning.
Career guidance, interprofessional and interdisciplinary co-operation are clearly present at different stages of education and are used in a variety of ways by alumni and professionals.
The curriculum is being continuously developed based on current development challenges, evidence-based knowledge and competence requirements expressed by the practice of gerontlogical social work and health care. National reports on competence needs and other information about competence needs produced through research and development are also used in curriculum development.
Studies will be arranged so, that students' prior studies and work experience are noticed and different alternative pedagogical approaces are offered.
Study module Empowerment and Wellbeing of Older Adults is possible to be studied in english language.
Learning Outcomes are based on the General Competences of UAS Studies and on the Spesific Competences of Bachelor Degree in Elderly Care, Geronomi (AMK) in Finnish. Learning Outcomes in detail are introduced in the Study Course describtions.
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BASIC STUDIES COMMON TO ALL IN SEAMK
|XX00CG82||Studying at a University of Applied Sciences||2||2||2||1||1|
|XX00CG83||Career Planning and Internationalisation||2||2||2||1||1|
Business and entrepreneurship competence
|XX00CL55||Basics of Entrepreneurship||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|XX00BE91||SeAMK Innovation Week||2||2||2||0.7||0.7||0.7|
Research and project work skills
|YPO1C2||Introduction to Research and Development||2||2||2||0.7||0.7||0.7|
|YPO2C3||Introduction to Project Work||3||3||3||1||1||1|
BASIC STUDIES IN SOCIAL AND HEALTH CARE
|STPO101||As an Expert in the Social and Health Field||2||2||2||0.7||0.7||0.7|
|STPO201||Basics of Drug Care||2||2||2||0.7||0.7||0.7|
|VIRKARUKI||Swedish Skills of the Staff of Public Organizations, written||0|
|VIRKARUSU||Swedish Skills of the Staff of Public Organizations, oral||0|
BASIC STUDIES IN THE DEGREE PROGRAMME IN ELDERLY CARE
Towards Professional Competence in Elderly Care
|BC00CW98||Professional Competence in Elderly Care||2||2||2||0.7||0.7||0.7|
|GERPOS400||Professional Competence in Elderly Care||2||2||2||0.7||0.7||0.7|
|BC00BS85||Concept Analysis for Nursing and Social Work and Information Seeking||3||3||3||1.5||1.5|
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN THE DEGREE PROGRAMME IN ELDERLY CARE
Basis of Knowledge in Gerontological Work
|GERATP100||Introduction to Gerontology||6||6||6||3||3|
|GERATP200||Foundation of Gerontological Care and Social Work||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|GERATP300||Ethics in Elderly Care||4||4||4||1.3||1.3||1.3|
|BC00CG29||Age-friendly Environment and Thinking||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|GERATP410||Practical Training: Supporting Meaningful Every Day Life of an Old Person||5||5||5||2.5||2.5|
Service provision systems and case management
|BC00DC38||Finnish Society and Social Policy||3||3||3||1.5||1.5|
|BC00DC39||Age Policy Legislation||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|GERAPJ200||Elderly Care Settings and Service Provision Systems||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|GERAPJ400||Assessment of Service Needs||2||2||2||1||1|
|BC00CY18||Facilitating Living at Home||3||3||3||1.5||1.5|
|BC00CG24||Practical Training: Gerontological Social Welfare Work||8||8||8||4||4|
Preventive and Empowering Work
|BC00CK51||Promoting Functional Capacity among Older People||6||6||6||3||3|
|BC00CY19||Preventive and Empowering Methods||3||3||3||1.5||1.5|
|GERAEV510||Practical Training: Preventive and Empowering Work with Elderly People||6||6||6||3||3|
Gerontological Care, Nursing and Rehabilitation
|GERAHK100||Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology||3||3||3||1.5||1.5|
|BC00CG25||Drug Care and Pharmacology||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|GERAHK300||Geriatrics and Memory Disorders||2||2||2||0.7||0.7||0.7|
|BC00CG26||Gerontological Nursing and Rehabilitation||5||5||5||1.7||1.7||1.7|
|BC00CY20||Skills in memory work||5||5||5||2.5||2.5|
|GERAHK500||Dependence and Mental Health Problems||3||3||3||1.5||1.5|
|BC00CY21||Work with Special Needs Groups in Elderly Care||3||3||3||1.5||1.5|
|GERAHK111||Practical Training: Gerontological Nursing||8||8||8||2.7||2.7||2.7|
|GERAHK122||Practical Training: Memory Disorders||7||7||7||3.5||3.5|
Research and Development Competence
|BC00BS91||Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods and Seeking Research Knowledge||5||5||5||2.5||2.5|
|BC00CK53||Development and Evaluation Methods||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|GERAOP200||Thesis Data Collection||5||5||2.5||2.5||1.3||1.3||0.8||0.8||0.8|
Management of Gerontological Work
|BC00DC32||Basics of Management||5||5||5||1.7||1.7||1.7|
|BC00DC33||Evaluation, Development and Quality Management in Elderly Care Services||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|GERAJO310||Practical Training: Management and Development of Gerontological Work||12||12||12||4||4||4|
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Multidisciplinary working-life projects
|0 - 10|
|BC00CL15||Basics of Supporting Daily Activities||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|BC00CY22||Practical Training: Supporting Daily Activities||4||4||4||1.3||1.3||1.3|
|BB00DE55||Multi-professional and multicultural simulations in home environment||2|
|BC00DJ04||Basics of health literacy related to prevention of cognitive impairment||2|
Empowerment and Wellbeing of Older Adults
|0 - 27|
|BC00BT39||Finnish Society and Social Policy||3||3||3||1||1||1|
|BX00CY32||How to Recognize a Grey Panther? Working together for Meaningful Ageing||5||5||5||1.7||1.7||1.7|
|BC00CY27||Ethics in Eldery Care||4||4||4||1.3||1.3||1.3|
|BC00CG81||Rehabilitative Care of People with Memory Disorders||5||5||5||1.7||1.7||1.7|
|SOSEM50||Use of Pictures in Group Activities||4||4||4||1.3||1.3||1.3|
|BC00BT43||Practical Training: Preventive and Empowering Work with Elderly People||6||6||6||2||2||2|
Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.
General competencies (Bachelor’s Degrees)
Elderly Care competencies
Bachelor’s Degree studies