Table O - Open Learning Enviroment Descriptions

OLE Unit of Study Title: N - Z

Access the two and six credit point units below; the zero credit point units are available in Canvas.

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Errata
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1. The following unit is now available in Intensive April 2021:

OLET5120 Understanding And Using ABS Data
27/1/2021

Table O - Open Learning Environment

OLE Unit of Study Title: N - Z

This table lists Open Learning Environment (OLE) units of study.
Units of study
OLET1622 Numbers and Numerics

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive July,Intensive March,Intensive October Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: COSC1003 or COSC1903 Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Computational science underpins modern science, engineering and finance. It provides numerical solutions to problems that can't be solved analytically, and explores problems that are not amenable to experiments. This unit focuses on the foundation of numerical computing: how numbers are represented and manipulated by computers. Understanding the representation of integers and real numbers, and their fundamental limitations is critical for accurate numerical calculations. For example, if you add the value 0.1 a total of one million times, the exact answer is 1,000,000 x 0.1 = 100,000. However, when you do this on a computer the answer might be 100,958.3. This is a limitation of the floating-point representation of numbers in every modern computer - but most people are unaware of it! In this Unit you will learn about number systems and binary, two's complement representation for integers; fixed and floating-point representations for real numbers; precision and overflow, rounding and truncation errors. We will illustrate these with practical examples, and show how mistakes in computational calculations can result in catastrophes such as the explosion of the Ariane 5 rocket. All activities will be done in Python 3, a widely used modern programming language.
Textbooks
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OLET2606 Origins of Mathematics

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive July,Intensive November Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics or equivalent and familiarity with basic scientific method Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode
The roots of mathematical thought reach as far back as the beginnings of human history, and many of the foundational ideas behind the modern standards of proof and scientific inquiry were conceived thousands of years ago. This OLE is an introductory course in the history of mathematics and its applications in the development of modern civilisation. You will learn about number systems of early indigenous Australian societies and discover the arithmetic and applied mathematics of the ancient Egyptians that made the construction of their great works possible. You will explore ancient Greek mathematics, from Pythagoras to Euclid and Archimedes, and their role in the development of contemporary science. You will learn how the ancestors of today¿s numerals were conceived in India and made their way to Arab and Medieval European mathematics. You will study the Medieval mathematical understanding of the infinite. You will study primary source documents, such as the Ahmes and Moscow Papyri and Euclid¿s foundational work Elements and conduct further research on a topic of your choice. By completing this unit, you will develop quantitative reasoning skills, and enhance your ability to read mathematical and technical text. You will gain a deeper understanding of the methods of mathematics and science, and how historical ideas underpin modern mathematical thought and reasoning. In your final essay, you will explore a historical mathematical topic of your choosing and use your newly attained knowledge to also review and provide feedback on the essay of one of your peers.
OLET2117 Power and Identity in a Global Era

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 2 Session: Intensive May Classes: 1x2hr flipped lecture/week for 4 weeks, 1x1hr tutorial/week for 4 weeks Assessment: 4 x300wd discussions (20%), Multiple Choice Questionnaire (20%), Long answer 800 wds (45%), Participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Online
This intensive unit of online video lectures and in-person tutorials will explore how thinkers in a contemporary global era have analysed forms of domination and have sought to theorise pathways for change. It will focus on key theories of power and identity including feminism, disciplinary power, hegemony, and post-colonialism.
OLET2138 Presentation Skills: Public Speaking

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive April Classes: 1x2hr seminar/ week, 1x1hr online lecture/week for a four week intensive Assessment: Online Quizzes (15%) Self-assessment exercises (10%) Peer assessed topic talk (20%) Public Speech (35%) Online postings (20%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This OLE encourages and enables students to draw on their own areas of expertise in order to speak out in public fora beyond the University classroom. It teaches students to reflect on questions relating to audience, situation and self-presentation (including dress and gesture) which will facilitate communication orally in a culturally competent manner. These skills are crucial to effective and influential communication in a world where oral communication continues to play a central role in protecting the interests of the disempowered; in driving change and innovation, and in achieving personal and professional goals.
OLET2140 Presentation Skills: Speaking in Class

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive March Classes: 1x2hr seminar/ week, 1x1hr online lecture/week over a four week intensive Assessment: 10x Quizzes (15%) Self-assessment exercises (10%) 3 x Peer assessed topic talk (35%) Online postings (20%) Self-assessed reflective journal (10%) Class Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This OLE explains what it means to 'participate' in University-level learning. It equips and empowers students to participate in their tutorials, seminars and classroom experiences at tertiary level. Participation is a routine part of tertiary level assessment and yet, for many students, participation is daunting and new. This unit teaches students to reflect on questions relating to content, audience and situation which will facilitate communication orally in a culturally competent manner. It presents different expectations about participation drawn from a variety of teaching situations and from faculties across the University.
OLET1901 Presentation Skills: Speaking in Public

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Narelle Yeo Session: Intensive August,Intensive May Classes: 3 hours of online or in-person tutorials. Assessment: Quizzes: 40%, Participation: 10%, Mini TED Talk presentation: 50%. Mode of delivery: Online
Public presentation skills are integral to success in professional life. The focus of this unit of study is the development of the technical skills, personal style and physical confidence to present authoritative and relevant content on a topic about which the student has a passion or special knowledge. Students develop a unique and individual style of presentation while being aware of their own physicality, verbal skills and talents.
OLET2119 Professionalism in the Workplace

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive October Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week for 4 weeks, 2x1hr seminars/week for 4 weeks Assessment: 9x10min multiple choice quiz (25%),1x700wd discussion and reflection on Workplace Ethics 40%),1x600wd networking site profile (35%) Mode of delivery: Online
This OLE unit teaches the skills required to be a productive member of the workforce and will provide you with resources for cultivating your professional, ethical and personal identity. It will prepare you to become a valuable contributor to a globally competitive workplace by exhibiting a sound work ethic, integrity, reliability, flexibility and cultural competency. Topics covered include professional boundaries, social mores, operating procedures and values, and intercultural communication. These modules will teach you to network effectively, hone your interpersonal skills, and develop an online presence for professional use.
OLET1654 Pseudoscientific Thinking

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive April Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Peudoscientific thinking is a pervasive problem. This unit will provide students with an understanding of both what distinguishes good from bad science, and the psychology of how people come to form beliefs that appear scientifically sound but are not supported by evidence, and why those beliefs can be resistant to change. The unit uses examples from many areas of life, but with a particular emphasis on beliefs about human health, with a view to explaining how common and potentially harmful misconceptions have become so prevalent, such as the efficacy of homeopathy for cancer treatment. Psychological principles will be applied to specific examples of common pseudoscientific beliefs. Students will be encouraged to reflect on how learning biases may impact their own beliefs and assumptions, and understand the commonalities and differences in their own beliefs and beliefs across cultures. The knowledge gained will provide students with critical thinking skills that are applicable to evaluating evidence in any field of study or presented in the media and thus will be beneficial to their future studies and lives more generally. Students will do research into a particular pseudoscientific health practice or false belief and propose research about how to change people's practices and beliefs.
OLET2602 Psychology of Crime

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive April,Intensive September Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode
Psychology of Crime investigates the interplay between psychology and the criminal legal system. In particular, it focuses on an array of topics including: perpetrators and defendants, interviewing, false confessions, jury deliberation, eyewitness memory, fitness to stand trial, rehabilitation of offenders, and expert evidence. This unit aims to provide you with an introduction to a selection of topics studied in this field. Importantly, by doing this unit, you will be able to describe and critically evaluate key empirical studies and theories in forensic psychology.
OLET2608 Psychology of Faith

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive May Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: No academic knowledge is pre-required, only academic competence of logical and critical thinking. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Faith (specifically religion/spirituality) is a fundamental, multidimensional and multilevel aspect of humanity. Faith has always had a powerful and distinct impact on a person's functional and dysfunctional mental processes, their emotional and intellectual states, behaviour, and attitudes, while at the societal level, it has been providing the necessary requirements for the formation of identity, social stability, social roles and social control, and moral order. At the same time, faith and science, arguably, have not had an easy or friendly relationship. In fact, this relationship has been at times rather polemical, in part due to fundamentally opposing positions and gross bilateral misunderstanding of interpretations. This Open Learning Environment unit will introduce the academic field of the psychology of faith. You will understand how faith is psychologically defined and evaluated, its psychological, evolutionary and sociocultural characteristics, structures and processes, its relation to wellbeing, psychopathology and anomalous experiences, and you will be critically exposed to the major theoretical and empirical issues and approaches in the psychological study of faith. In general, this unit will help you promote better cultural, intergroup or interpersonal relations and understanding. By completing this unit you will be able to recognise and disambiguate the psychological and, to an extent, broader scientific/academic approaches to and understanding of faith.
OLET5902 Qualitative Research for Law and Policy

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Yane Svetiev Session: Semester 2 Classes: Tuesday evenings (6-8pm) in weeks 1-4, weeks 7-8 and week 10 (14 hours of face-to-face teaching) Prerequisites: Complete the assessment tasks for OLEO5901 Qualitative Research for Law and Policy (0 credit points) Assessment: to complete the 2-credit point ole unit, participants will need to: (1) complete the assessment tasks for the 0 credit point ole unit (25%); (2) either (a) if you have an existing research proposal, you can re-write your research project proposal by explicitly identifying its legal or regulatory dimensions, canvas potential sources and methods to study those questions and identify how the research outcomes may be relevant to legal or policy reform (45%); or (b) if you do not have an existing project proposal, you should develop a hypothetical research question in your home discipline, identify its potential legal or regulatory dimensions, canvas potential sources and methods to study those questions and identify how the research outcomes may be relevant to legal or policy reform (45%); and (3) develop a pilot proposal for a collaborative project with at least one other unit participant, which will combine at least two disciplinary perspectives to study a problem with a legal, regulatory or policy dimension (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
This 2 credit point unit focuses on designing interdisciplinary projects for research questions with a legal, policy or regulatory dimension. It will help participants distinguish research projects that can be performed through simple interdisciplinary research design from projects that may require collaboration across disciplines. The 2 credit point unit is interactive and will draw upon the participants' own research interests. Participants will be invited to reformulate their own research ideas or projects through the lens of the methodologies and sources presented in the 0-credit point unit, as well as to identify research questions or sub-questions for which such techniques may be helpful. Since law, regulation and policy are an important focus of research in many disciplines beyond law, the course will also focus on communicating research results to scholarly and policy audiences beyond your specific area of specialization.
OLET1401 Radiological Interpretation: the Chest

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Sarah Lewis Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: MRTY2102 or MRTY2106 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus, Online
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Students will gain an insight into radiological anatomy of the chest through medical imaging. The UoS comprises of a core 0 CP UoS called OLEO1400Radiological Interpretation: Core and a 2 CP UoS called OLET1401 Radiological Interpretation: The Chest. They will explore anatomical relationships in the chest as visualised with medical imaging. This unit is delivered online, self­paced, facilitating students learning how to interpret radiological images of the chest. The anatomy, search skills and problem solving necessary for interpretation of chest radiographs will be taught using a case based approach. Students will demonstrate radiographic interpretation skills by completion of summative and graded online quizzes plus a written submission based on selected pathology and injury of the chest.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
OLET1625 Reading and Writing Mathematics

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
In the modern world it is increasingly important to be able to read and write logically and coherently. Whether one is designing computer algorithms, writing a legal argument, advocating for social or environmental causes, or doing research in basic sciences, clear and effective communication is critical. The aim of this unit is to identify and practice logical argument through mathematical writing. Key components of good writing and common pitfalls will be identified, and students will contribute writing samples and engage in peer-review. Students will be exposed to elegant writing samples and beautifully simple mathematical gems. For instance we read an essay on the notion of dimension: What is a 26 dimensional space? What does it mean for a fractal to have dimension 1.2619? Or we might read about Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem, which has bearing on the limits of attainable knowledge. In the process students will also learn how to write and read mathematical proofs.
OLET2628 Research Data Management

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive April Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit will give you an insight into the exciting world of data. More and more we are bombarded with concepts like big data, open source data, and sensitive data. Data management is what links these concepts. Much of the development in data management has come from research in the physical, biological, and social sciences, research in languages, finance, law, and medicine, and many more. In all cases it is critical to ensure that data is safe and accessible. Importantly, lessons learnt from research are also applicable to managing our own data. Therefore, this unit introduces key concepts of data management delivered through 12 interactive online modules. The modules will initially define research data and explore the various flavours of research data. Then you will discover what can go wrong when you don't manage your data and explore ways which you can best store your data. You will look at using open source data, and how to best access and share data. And finally you will look at how to manage sensitive data and explore what big data is.
OLET2142 Sacred Feasts. Ritual Food and Drink

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive October Classes: 5 x 1 hour online lectures 4 x 1 hour tutorials 2 hours of workshopping the Case Study assignment Assessment: 10x Quizzes (25%) 3x Field Report (30%) 1x Case Study (45%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Sacred food and drink is part of the lived reality of contemporary religions. The unit commences with the introduction of the concept of sacred food restriction, feasts and fasting. The unit then explores "sacred feasts" including the Christian Communion service of bread and wine; banquets served at Chinese New Year (noodles for longevity, dumplings for wealth); "cakes and ale" consumed after modern Pagan rituals; the solemn and joyous Jewish Passover Seder; and sweets eaten at the Hindu Ganesh Chaturthi.
OLET1664 Science of Australia's Deadly Animals

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive September Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Australia's biodiversity is globally celebrated for its unique beauty and distinctiveness. Australia also has a reputation for being home to some of the world's deadliest animals. This reputation, sometimes well earned, has created an aura of danger and mystique around Australia's native fauna. The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an appreciation of these animals and the skills to investigate organisms perceived as risks to humans. Completing modules on snakes, spiders, crocodiles, sharks, octopuses, jellyfish, insects, and ticks, you will assess and evaluate the evidence addressing key questions: Just how dangerous are Australian animals? How much of their deadly reputation is myth? Why, and how, do people get killed by these extraordinary animals? How well do we estimate the risks they pose? How does understanding of the science of how these animals operate help us manage the dangers they pose? You will learn about how the threats posed by different animals are a function of their behaviour, ecology, morphology and evolutionary history. You will also identify medical responses to these threats, examining the latest research and investigating how these advances have changed our perceptions of the risk posed by these animals. You will also reflect on the role these animals play in Australian culture, looking how they have been portrayed historically and how they are represented today. By completing this unit you will develop a deeper understanding of the evidence, knowledge gaps, and misconceptions that are behind the science of our most misunderstood animal groups; those that pose a threat to us.
OLET1632 Shark Bites and Other Data Stories

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode
This OLE gives students a simple, transferable approach to the exploration of multivariate data in everyday life. You will investigate the relationship between variables in spreadsheet like data, learning what questions to ask, what techniques to use, and what mistakes to avoid. Focused on concepts, not formulae, the OLE is accessible for students from any discipline. You will focus on studies, including: How does the Australian public respond to shark bites? Is mobile phone usage related to higher incidence of brain tumors?
OLET2346 Social Network Analysis Principles

Credit points: 2 Session: Intensive September Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Online
Note: The unit is designed such that it is accessible to University of Sydney students from all disciplines can benefit from it. Basic concepts from statistics and graph theory will be introduced, but advanced prior mathematical knowledge is not required.
Social Network Analysis (SNA) allows you to understand the structure of relationships between people and organization, its drivers, and its consequences. It enables you to explore how ideas or behaviour spread and explain why individuals or teams with specific patterns of relationships do better than others. OLET2346 Social Network Analysis Principles will help students understand the fundamental principles of network research thinking, developing their network literacy required for success in an increasingly connected world characterized by an abundant source of diverse information. This unit will enhance students' understanding of diverse network structures, concepts of network centrality, network diffusion and how social networks can be leveraged or can hinder the delivery of desired real-world outcomes. This OLE will require an estimated 50 hours of course learning content, practical formative exercises and assessments. Graduates of this unit are expected to develop Interdisciplinary effectiveness, Digital literacy, Influence, Broader Skills, Depth of Disciplinary expertise.
OLET2144 Social Protest in a Digital Age

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 2 Session: Intensive May Classes: 1hr/week online participation, 4x1hr face-to-face tutorial Assessment: 1x 1000 words Long answer quiz (50%) 1x Tutorial participation (10%) 4x 500 words Discussion board participation (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
This intensive four-week unit of online video lectures and face-to-face tutorials explores the operation of social protest in societies that are increasingly globalized and digitized. It considers cases of protest, state/police responses, and possibilities for resisting state surveillance and censorship via social media and citizen journalism.
OLET1403 Student Leadership: Community Engagement

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jeff Rogers Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This OLE aims to give students theoretical and practical underpinning for their leadership aspirations and provide students with the opportunity to develop and practise relevant skills. The curriculum includes provision of foundational areas to support and inform study into leadership skills, the opportunity to broadly apply leadership skills and a strong focus on personal development and communication. The UoS comprises of a core 0 CP UoS called Student Leadership: Core and a 2 CP UoS called Student Leadership: Community Engagement, whereby the focus is on leadership in the community, workplace and industry and with different groups of people including clients, organisations and patients. The attributes of key community leaders will be discussed and evaluated. Students wishing to extend their leadership knowledge can undertake related Student Leadership OLEs in Representation and Peer Mentoring, each of 2 credits points, to scaffold student achievement.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
OLET1404 Student Leadership: Peer Mentoring

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jeff Rogers Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This OLE aims to give students theoretical and practical underpinning for their leadership aspirations and provide students with the opportunity to develop and practise relevant skills. The curriculum includes provision of foundational areas to support and inform study into leadership skills, the opportunity to broadly apply leadership skills and a strong focus on personal development and communication. The UoS comprises of a core 0 CP UoS called Student Leadership: Core and a 2 CP UoS called Student Leadership: Peer Mentoring whereby the focus is on students building effective leadership skills to lead a peer group or facilitate peer activities. Students wishing to extend their leadership knowledge can undertake related Student Leadership OLEs in Representation and Community engagement, each of 2 credits points, to Excluded From Module Registration:
Description: This OLE aims to give students theoretical and practical underpinning for their leadership aspirations and provide students with the opportunity to develop and practise relevant skills. The curriculum includes provision of foundational areas to support and inform study into leadership skills, the opportunity to broadly apply leadership skills and a strong focus on personal development and communication. The UoS comprises of a core 0 CP UoS called Student Leadership: Core and a 2 CP UoS called Student Leadership: Peer Mentoring whereby the focus is on students building effective leadership skills to lead a peer group or facilitate peer activities. The attributes of successfiul student-led mentoring will be explored. Students wishing to extend their leadership knowledge can undertake related Student Leadership OLEs in Representation and Community engagement, each of 2 credits points, to scaffold student achievement.
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Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
OLET1405 Student Leadership: Representation

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jeff Rogers Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This OLE aims to give students theoretical and practical underpinning for their leadership aspirations and provide students with the opportunity to develop and practise relevant skills. The curriculum includes provision of foundational areas to support and inform study into leadership skills, the opportunity to broadly apply leadership skills and a strong focus on personal development and communication. The UoS comprises of a core 0 CP UoS called Student Leadership: Core and a 2 CP UoS called Student Leadership: Representation whereby the focus is on leadership in representative scenarios such as committees, networking groups and education organisations. Students wishing to extend their leadership knowledge can undertake related Student Leadership OLEs in Community Engagement and Peer Mentoring, each of 2 credits points, to scaffold student achievement.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
OLET1672 Sustainability: Climate and Energy

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive August Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode
Are you addicted to fossil fuels? What are the wider impacts of the forms of energy that power your life? What is the nature and scale of the problems spawned by current practices, and can we chart a pathway to a sustainable, clean future? This OLE will inform climate and energy questions with real-world data, deconstructing propositions that are constantly thrown around in the media. It will provide quantitative information to counter the morass of misinformation surrounding the supply and demand for energy and resources, raising issues of who wins and who loses when it comes to energy supply and its impacts on society and the environment. Our world faces major challenges in resource sufficiency and impacts on our biosphere, yet misinformation often drowns out fact-based reason in the public discourse. This OLE will arm you to understand and influence that debate.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
OLET1630 Symmetry

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
The principle of symmetry appears in architecture, in the arts, in nature. It is often understood as harmony of proportions. But what is the philosophical or mathematical significance of the idea of symmetry? This unit will help clarify this significance by developing the geometric concept of symmetry and by conveying the sensibility to recognise and categorise symmetries in different contexts. The richness, diversity, connectedness, depth and pleasure of the systematic study of symmetry, and indeed of mathematical thinking, is central to this unit. It will not involve grinding through formulas, but instead emphasise the process of thinking, comparing, analysing, understanding and inventing.
OLET2110 Telling True Stories

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2b Classes: 2x1hr online seminar/week for 6 weeks Assessment: 2x400wd equivalent multiple choice quiz (25%), online discussion participation (10%), 1x250wd story pitch(20%), 1x850wd final story (45%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Students learn to write a narrative nonfiction story that communicates specialist knowledge they have gained in their university course to a general audience. Twelve modules guide students through the writing process, from pitching a story idea to preparing their piece for publication. Topics covered include narrative nonfiction subgenres, research, scene building, structure, ethics and style.
OLES1602 The Apocalypse in Science and Culture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode
Apocalypse scenarios abound in popular culture, due to causes as diverse as nuclear war, climate change, and zombies. Thinking about how the apocalypse might occur, and how to survive it, presents deep questions around our understanding of science, economics and social culture. This unit will investigate topical issues in nuclear physics, climate science, agriculture and economics. We will use examples from film and literature to explore how we might survive apocalyptic events. In this highly interdisciplinary unit of study you will work together with other students on a diverse range of case studies, to explore some of the key problems confronting our civilization. By doing this unit you will develop critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as practical skills in video production.
Textbooks
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OLET2146 The Global Economy in Australia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 2 Session: Intensive April,Intensive September Classes: 4x1hr tutorial/week for 4 weeks; online activities Assessment: 3x multiple choice quizzes (55%) 1x essay (45%) Mode of delivery: Online
The course aims to explain and evaluate the significance of globalisation for the Australian economy. It is intended for students seeking a broad understanding of how globalisation has changed the Australian economy and society. The course will examine globalisation and the economic, distributional and political consequences for Australia. Students will learn about how global dynamics of economic development and change shapes work and life in Australia. WEEK 1 - Globalisation and the Australian economy WEEK 2 - State and society in Australia WEEK 3 - Global production and consumption in Australia WEEK 4 - Power and change in Australia and the world
OLET1616 The Science of Health and Wellbeing

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
This Open Learning Environment unit of study is designed to increase students' knowledge and skills regarding personal and community health and wellbeing. In this unit of study, students will learn about the latest health research and scientific evidence across the key domains of wellbeing: nutrition; physical activity; sleep; mental wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs. This unit of study will also allow students to develop skills in critical thinking relating to health information and how to implement healthy behaviours. The unit has been developed by eminent researchers in each domain to ensure the most up-to-date evidence is incorporated. This unit of study is multidisciplinary and designed to stimulate students' thinking about issues relating to physical and mental wellbeing. The knowledge is to benefit students in their own wellbeing for maximising academic performance and university experience as well as to give them skills to demonstrate leadership in health in their future work environments.
Textbooks
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OLET1662 The Science of Sexuality

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive April Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Sex and sexuality have fascinated people throughout the ages. Ample literary works, theological and moral musings, philosophical accounts, social discourse, and popular presentations of various aspects of sexuality, its related behaviours, and their underlying meaning have been communicated for a wide variety of purposes. People's curiosity about sex seems to know no bound. These accounts are fascinating from a theoretical and conceptual point-of-view; they also have very important practical implications for the society as a whole as well as individuals' mental health and wellbeing. The present unit will provide a sample of the rich research on sex and sexuality, with a special focus on issues relevant to young adults. The content will be structured around recent theoretical and empirical research spanning intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-group, and societal effects of various relevant research related, among others, to sexual orientation, various sexual behaviours (e. g. , aggression), gender differences, and others. Content delivery will be varied throughout incorporating multimedia, qualitative accounts, quantitative studies, cutting edge theories, and popular media all designed to make you well informed on the one hand and personally reflective on their your expression of sexuality.
OLET2148 Thinking Critically

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive April,Intensive September Classes: 2 x 2 hrs intensive tutorials; online activities Assessment: 5 x online quizzes (70%), 1 x final exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Online
In this unit students will develop their intellectual autonomy: their ability to think for themselves. By learning how to distinguish rational argument from mere rhetoric, how to seek evidence and test hypotheses, how to use analogies, and how to detect fallacies, students will gain skill and confidence in critical thinking.
OLET2502 Toxicological Evaluation

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Slade Matthews Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: PCOL3011 or OLEO2501 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
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This Open Learning Environment unit of study is designed to introduce you to an underrepresented but essential discipline - Toxicology. This unit will support your development of critical thinking and the scientific approach to problem solving. Concurrent with increasing understanding of the toxicology of materials in society has been an increase in the regulatory importance of toxicology. In this OLE unit you will learn the key elements contributing to toxicological outcomes, including routes of exposure, dose-response, target end-points and vulnerable populations. You will learn how to interpret toxicological data and make predictions about health effects of given levels and types of chemical exposure. This OLE unit will use a problem-based approach with examples of critical analysis of toxicological factual matrices to presage toxicological evaluation and analysis.
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OLET1656 Understanding Animal Welfare

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive November Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: No prior knowledge required Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode
Ever wondered what it is like to be an elephant? Or why sheep might prefer not to take an overseas trip? Or how to tell if a cat is happy? This unit introduces you to the scientific and ethical frameworks that shape current societal attitudes to animals, how you can assess whether animals are experiencing good welfare, and the way in which practices, policies, legislation and the views of different stakeholders affect animal welfare outcomes. You'll explore these concepts using current examples of animal welfare issues and debates. This unit will stimulate your thinking about the impacts on animals of human activities and give you the skills to critically evaluate information and communicate effectively where your own views lie on animal welfare issues. Through taking this unit you'll discover why animal welfare has been called the social justice issue whose time has come.
OLET2701 Understanding Creativity

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1a,Semester 2a Assessment: project proposal (20%) and project presentation (60%) and peer to peer feedback (20%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Understanding Creativity is geared towards those actively seeking to learn new creative skills or assess and improve creative approaches to their life and work challenges. The course offers experience in the range of creativity you can develop - from everyday creative thinking and actions to deep creative practice using skills and discipline expertise. We begin by stepping through the creative process in workshop style learning sessions called creativegrounds. In these workshops you are guided towards choosing the right tools to design, construct, compose or produce creative outcomes for professional, personal or social interests. Together, your creative capacity will develop through a series of exercises designed to expand your comfort zone, not take you out of it. We will conclude by a group survey of project results.
OLET1133 Understanding Critical Reflection

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Assessment: 3 x MCQ (45%),Workshop tasks x 1000wds (45%), Participation 10% Mode of delivery: Online
Employers have provided clear information about the qualities and skills they require of university graduates to be successful. These include broad skills and knowledge of critical thinking, superior communication, disciplinary expertise, working collaboratively and with diverse groups, while working with integrity, to name a few. This OLE provides students with the knowledge of reflective practices to articulate the development of their graduate qualities. It provides students with the opportunity to create a repository of evidence of their graduate qualities in their ePortfolio thereby commencing their webfolio which they can build on across their course and in future employment.
OLET2125 Understanding Europe

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Online plus 1x1hr lecture at beginning of semester and 1x1hr webinar-tutorial mid-semester Assessment: 4x200wd equivalent online quizzes (40%), 1x400wd media analysis 1 (25%), 1x600wd media analysis 2 (35%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit introduces you to the European Union. Individual modules cover 1) History and Institutions; 2) Federalism versus Nationalism; 3) Freedom of Movement and Security; 4) Foreign Policy. Modules must be completed consecutively within one semester.
OLET2123 Understanding the Arab World

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr/week (online) Assessment: 3 x MCQ (20%), 500wd reports (40%), 500 wd reflection (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
What should I know about the Arab world, as a young professional who aspires to a global career? Who are the Arabs? What is Islam? What the main political debates in the Arab World? This Unit answers to these and other questions, promoting an up-to-date understanding of the relation between the Arab world and Australia.
OLET2151 Understanding the USA

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 5 x online modules 1 x 1 hour online discussion participation per week Assessment: 5x online Multiple Choice Quiz (25%) 1x Research Essay (65%) Ongoing participation and discussion (10%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit introduces students to the politics, culture, economy and society of the world's most powerful nation. This unit expands on five distinct facets of the USA: Regionalism, Politics, Culture, Society and Money. Students will learn what makes the United States different, what makes it rich, what makes it poor and what makes it weird. They will learn how race, religion, capitalism and celebrity culture shape American life. They will find out why the US has such influence in the world, and how it uses that influence. They will gain a greater understanding of the US-Australia relationship, from Australian gangsters in gold-rush San Francisco to American bases in the Northern Territory outback. This unit will be useful to students who want to visit the US, live in the US, do business with the US, or simply understand the US. It will give them what they need to know to further explore America, whether on their own or through future study.
OLET1303 Understanding Web Skeletons and Skins

Credit points: 2 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Online
This OLE unit provides an opportunity to learn the basic structure of a web. It has the emphasis of separating content from display. Hence, students will use HTML, a markup language, to structure the content and CSS, a style sheet approach, to format and to decorate the content. The end result is a static website with a single source of formatting rules to ensure the consistency of presentation of a web system.
OLET2120 US Violence: Terror, Guns, Punishment

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr online content/week, 5x1hr online discussion Assessment: 1x250wd equivalent multiple choice quizzes (25%),1x250wd blog post (20%),1x200wd journal entry (15%),1x500wd short research paper (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
Centred on the War on Terror, this OLE introduces students to the political, cultural, and economic issues that drive American violence. Students will identify the relations between the history of American empire, global terrorism, and the privatisation of state violence. Students will study and interpret cultural texts such as Hollywood and television, propaganda from state and non-state violent actors and groups, and first-hand accounts of war. Building on this global scene of American violence, students will critique the use of the death penalty in the US, and categorise the interpretations of the Second Amendment in relation to the debate on gun control.
OLET2127 Communicating with Wikidata

Credit points: 2 Session: Intensive April Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week for 5 weeks, 1x1hr seminar per week for 4 weeks Assessment: 20x10wd MCQ tests (20%), 5x20wd MCQ tests (10%), 20x10wd complete Wikidata 'statements' (20%), 1x500wd create a Wikidata-powered template (20%), 1x1000wd create a graph or diagram (30%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This OLE unit teaches students to load, use and interpret information using Wikidata. This free, open source repository gathers and stores content in the public domain. It will benefit students in any discipline who are interested in harvesting statistics freely and ¿as Wikidatauses SPARQL ¿without the need for query items to be contained in data bases. Published under CC0 1.0 Universal, the data can be reused, copied, modified, and distributed and stored in Wikidata. Wikidata is multilingual so can be used for translations. It can be used with specific datasets or to ask interesting questions like 'What is the capital city of every chocolate manufacturer and how many people live there?'
OLET2153 World Cultural Heritage

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive August Classes: Approximately 35 hours of self-guided study and 1 x 2hr final tutorial. This will include set activities recorded lectures, documentaries, and set readings. Assessment: 2x online multiple choice quiz (25%) 1x online quiz incorporating both multiple choice and short answer questions (35%) 1x report (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
World Heritage List nominations originate at state level, with an annual limit per state. Valuable cultural and natural sites are often claimed for the purpose of nation-building, though owing to different motivations, and the backdrop to the nomination of sites will be explored in this light.
OLET1811 Writing About Music

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Matthew Hindson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4weeks of online lectures + online or in person weekly tutorials Assessment: 4 x weekly tutorial tasks (40%), 1 x presentation + 600wd write up (60%) Mode of delivery: Online
Music has a language all of its own, yet we may want to describe it using words. In this unit of study, students will learn the standard terminology of the elements of music, including pitch, rhythm, tempo, expressive techniques, texture, timbre and structure. They will learn to use these in a way that communicates musical content to a non-technical reader or listener. Prior knowledge of music notation or music theory is not required. The music examples analysed range from well-known to obscure pieces and songs, come from Western and non-Western music, and include music from historical to contemporary genres.
OLES2129 Writing for the Digital World

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December,Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x100wd multiple choice quiz (10%), 2x50wd multiple choice quizzes (10%), 1x1000wd proposal, source justification and annotated bibliography (20%), 1x1000wd Wikipedia draft article (20%), 1x150wd peer-review (5%), 1x150wd self-review (5%), 1x2000wd final article (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you will learn to produce and publish knowledge to inform broad, general Wikipedia audiences around the globe. You will use html and a visual editing tool to edit articles, write across networks, negotiate various discourse communities, and contribute to and draw from creative commons resources while increasing the number of diverse voices that contribute to networked knowledge.
OLET1666 Writing with LaTeX

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: There is no assumed knowledge apart from basic computer skills. Familiarity with referencing conventions and basic programming would be advantageous but is not required. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
LaTeX is a professional typesetting system that can be used to create documents ranging from simple letters and reports to publication ready theses and books. By doing this unit you will learn the skills for typesetting documents using LaTeX, including basic formatting, cross-referencing, references, and figures tables. After completing this unit you will be able to produce quality LaTeX documents, for use in assignments, papers and reports.