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Barbara B. Cochrane
UCONJ 440
Seattle Campus

Biological Aspects of Aging

Introductory course on aspects of the biology of human aging and of functional changes associated with normal aging and with those illnesses that may be present in the elderly. Focus on the relationship between changes in physical function, environment, and quality of life. Includes theoretical perspective on aging as well as the aging process in specific physiological systems. Designed for upper-level undergraduate students with an interest in aging.

Class description

Physiological aspects of aging by body system and key aspects of older adults' health (e.g., geriatric pharmacy, nutrition, pain management, sexuality, sleep). This is an interdisciplinary course designed for upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students with an interest in aging.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Fully online, distance-learning class with videostreams (lectures by experts in the field), textbook and online readings, and asynchronous discussions. Course website to be available.

Recommended preparation

A previous course in biology or human physiology is recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Students will interview an older adult and write a short paper summarizing key aging-related changes that the person has experienced and linking these changes with course content.

Two online exams, a short paper, and participation in online discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Barbara B. Cochrane
Date: 06/04/2009