HBS301 Stress, Ageing and the Skin

Unit Description

HBS 301 Stress, Ageing and the Skin introduces students to the contemporary theories and research regarding ageing and stress and its effects on the human body, specifically the skin. Students gain an understanding of the normal ageing process and examine current technologies and treatments used in the mitigation of the demonstrable signs of the ageing process and the maintenance of health. This unit also examines stress as the basis to the emerging epidemic in contemporary society and considers alleviation strategies. Students will engage with contemporary research in molecular genetics and the emerging field of epigenetics and gain an understanding of the potential future applications of longevity medicine and its impact on society.


HBS201 Pathophysiology is the only named prerequisite for this unit, however students are expected to have undertaken the 101 and 102 units relating to human structure and function and pathophysiology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  • Reflect on and interpret a variety of ageing ¬†theories
  • Critically discuss the range of influences (biological, social, environmental) that affect the ageing process
  • Analyse and discern the signs and symptoms of the ageing body, with specific reference to the integumentary system and its structure and functions
  • Differentiate various factors contributing to stress and ageing
  • Analyse the basic concepts of genetics and epigenetics and critically apply their influences on ageing
  • Distinguish between good and bad stress and ¬†construct an argument for distress as the underlying cause of disease

Graduate Attributes (GA)

In addition to the unit-specific learning outcomes listed above, the following graduate attributes are taught, developed and assessed in varying degrees within this unit:

  • Knowledge of applied health science theory and practice
  • Knowledge of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities within healthcare delivery systems
  • The ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and the wider community
  • The ability to demonstrate in-depth competence in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The ability to formulate and apply therapeutic interventions in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The capacity to lead, manage and/or work effectively with multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse teams
  • Awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to ongoing professional development and life-long learning.
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