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BIDH5000: Implementation Science in Digital Health

This unit will offer you the opportunity to develop your understanding of opportunities, theoretical and practical issues in digital health transformation projects. Students will have the chance to consider their own approaches in relation to project design and implementation. Drawing on recent research digital health theory and practice, students will design, develop and evaluate their digital health transformation and implementation proposal relevant to their chosen project context.


Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Unit code BIDH5000
Unit name Implementation Science in Digital Health
Session, year
Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

Assumed basic knowledge of health, health care and associated systems are required. Students who have not completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a health profession will be asked to complete the Open Learning Environment module "Preparation for learning in the Hospital Environment', which is openly available to all University of Sydney students via Canvas. Please check the Canvas site for this unit for any information on further recommended resources

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Rowena Forsyth,
Lecturer(s) Rowena Forsyth ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
10 question quiz on content from Workshops 1 & 2
10% Week 03
Due date: 22 Aug 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 29 Aug 2022
10 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO6
Assignment Reflection 1
Reflection after workshop 2
2% Week 04
Due date: 25 Aug 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 30 Sep 2022
300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO2
Assignment Reflection 2
Reflection after workshop 3
3% Week 05
Due date: 01 Sep 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 01 Oct 2022
400 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
10 question quiz on content from Workshops 3 & 4
10% Week 06
Due date: 05 Sep 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 12 Sep 2022
10 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Assignment Reflection 3
Reflection after workshop 4
5% Week 06
Due date: 08 Sep 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 08 Oct 2022
600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Overall reflection mark
This mark is for the reflections combined
5% Week 07
Due date: 18 Sep 2022 at 23:59
No additional submission required
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Preliminary project plan
Design/redesign and implementation plan
15% Week 07
Due date: 16 Sep 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 04 Nov 2022
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Presentation Presentation
Live in-class presentation of design/redesign and implementation plan.
25% Week 10
Due date: 14 Oct 2022 at 09:00

Closing date: 14 Oct 2022
20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Final project plan
Individual critical reflection and final project plan.
25% Week 12
Due date: 28 Oct 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 04 Nov 2022
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6


Quiz 1 tests your knowlege of Workshop 1 and 2 content.

Quiz 2 tests your knowlege of Workshop 3 and 4 content.

Reflection tasks

Reflection 1 asks you to reflect on how the Design content in Workshop 2 is informing your project.

Reflection 2 asks you to reflect on how the Implementation content in Workshop 3 is informing your project and how your Design thinking is progressing.

Reflection 3 asks you to reflect on how the change transformation and ethical thinking content in Workshop 4 is informing your project and how your Design and Implementation thinking is progressing.

You will also receive an overall mark for the consistency and development shown across the 3 pieces of reflection.

Project plans and presentation

Preliminary project plan asks you to detail the Design and Implementation aspects of your project.

Presentation requires you to presnt your project to your peers and other stakeholders.

Final project plan includes change transformation and ethical thinking content as well as a finalised project plan.


Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard


75 - 84


Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Simple extensions of up to 48 hours may be requested by emailing the unit coordinator Dr Rowena Forsyth prior to the assignment due date. Should your request be approved you will receive an email with your new due date and time. Requests for longer extensions must be submitted through the Special Consideration system.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 02 Workshop 1 - Systems Context Workshop (7.5 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 03 Workshop 2 - Digital Health Design and Development Workshop (7.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Workshop 3 - Implementation and adoption Workshop (7.5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Workshop 4 - Change transformation Workshop (7.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Workshop 5 - Stakeholder engagement presentations Workshop (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

In person attendance is expected for all Workshop sessions in this unit of study. The workshops run from 9:00am-4:30pm for Workshops 1-4 and 9:00am-2:00pm for Workshop 5.

The workshops are on the following dates:

Workshop 1: Friday 12th August (week 2)

Workshop 2: Friday 19th August (week 3)

Workshop 3: Friday 26th August (week 4)

Workshop 4: Friday 2nd September (week 5)

Workshop 5: Friday 14th October (week 10).


All assignments must be submitted in order to be eligible to pass this unit. Students who do not submit one or more assignments will be automatically awarded an AF (absent fail) grade regardless of accruded marks.


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Critically evaluate and demonstrate an understanding of the individual, organisational and systemic factors in complex health challenges.
  • LO2. Apply critical inquiry and research skills to design an implementable innovative digital health solution to a specific health problem that embraces development and evaluation cycles.
  • LO3. Demonstrate understanding of the competing individual and interdisciplinary demands that relate to effectiveness and delivery during phases of transformation or implementation, considering professional responsibilities across the disciplines of health, design, IT and business.
  • LO4. Demonstrate the professional capabilities associated with ethical project management by addressing stakeholder engagement, hybrid issues of health and technology using agile methodologies and translational science frameworks.
  • LO5. Communicate understanding of, and approaches to, complex health issues to a variety of audiences using a range of tools, and explaining the iterative and evidence-based design, as well as market need.
  • LO6. Demonstrate a best practice approach to the conceptualisation, design and development or evaluation of integrated transformation, implementation and project management strategies.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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