Our sleep and circadian rhythms are integral to our health and wellbeing, but they are often at odds with our technology-filled, caffeine-fuelled, and 24-hour world. This unit introduces how sleep and circadian rhythms work and their impact on health and society. Examples include sleep deprivation, jetlag, shiftwork, and common sleep disorders. Students will gain insights into their own sleep and circadian rhythms to help optimise their wellbeing and performance. The unit will also showcase how different disciplines contribute to a fuller understanding of the world and help to provide new solutions to complex problems. Students will be asked to reflect on their own discipline and how it can contribute to solving problems like those encountered in sleep and circadian science. The content will be founded in science, medicine, and health but will include perspectives and examples from physics, engineering, sociology, and history. This entry-level unit of study has been developed by academics in the University's Charles Perkins Centre, an interdisciplinary education and research hub whose mission is to develop real-world solutions for chronic disease.
Self-paced online, 8 modules, requires 40-50 hours of student effort
Module quizzes, online discussion (not graded, necessary for completion), final assessment, peer review.
There is no dedicated textbook for this unit. All resources will be made available through the online learning management system, Canvas.