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HSBH2009: Innovations in eHealth

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Digital technologies are changing the health landscape from consumers having access to Dr Google to clinicians using virtual reality as part of treatment. This unit of study explores the impact of digital technologies on our health and wellbeing and includes consideration of how these devices and software interact with the healthcare system, affect attitudes towards health and healthcare providers, and change the discussions about health ethics, and health equity. Students will engage in practical, hands-on learning experience and complete authentic assessments such as designing innovations, creating an ePortfolio, and applying for a job.

Unit details and rules

Unit code HSBH2009
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
48 credit points
Assumed knowledge

HSBH1012, HSBH1013

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Krestina Amon,
Tutor(s) Emma van der Schyff,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Telehealth Reflection Task
Telehealth Reflection Task
15% Week 05 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Design Project
Design Project
30% Week 09 1500 words & 2 minute presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO5
Assignment Skills assessment
Students choose an area they would like further develop
15% Week 11 10 hours & 400 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Job application
Job application
40% Week 13 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Assessments for this unit are different to those listed in the Handbook and have been updated to reflect changes in unit delivery due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Telehealth Reflection Task (15%): This task requires students to engage with research on an aspect telehealth and reflect experiences of remote-delivered classes to answer the following question: Based on your experiences and research, is telehealth a viable alternative to face-to-face practice?

Design Project (30%): In small groups, students are required to make recommendations about the effectiveness of two potential solutions (one using technology and one without technology) to a specific health problem of their choosing. Students will work together to gather evidence and feedback on the solutions and make a recommendation based on their review and assessment.

Skills Assessment (15%): This assignment is designed for students to identify an area that they would like to further develop, and complete activities to help them develop these skills or knowledge. They will choose one of the following tasks to complete the assignment, and write a reflection on their experience:

  1. Create a professional Twitter profile to use for the semester, OR
  2. Lab work (10 hours) at the USyd CreateSpace, OR
  3. Student work placement (10 hours) at the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA)

Job Application (40%): Students are required to respond to a job advertisement (options provided on Canvas) by writing a cover letter and addressing the selection criteria. Students may submit an appendix of a maximum of three pages, or a one minute multimedia portfolio to supplement the response to the selection criteria.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

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

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For more information see guide to grades.

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:

Unless an application for special consideration or special arrangement has been approved, students must submit all assessment for a unit of study on the due date specified in the unit of study outline. If the assessment is completed or submitted within an approved period of extension by way of an approved special consideration application, academic plan adjustment or informal simple extension (approved in writing), no academic penalty will be applied to that piece of assessment. If an assessment is submitted after the due date (or extended due date as described above), the late submission of assessment will result in an academic penalty as follows: Written work submitted electronically after 11.59 pm on the due date will be considered to have been submitted late. For every calendar day up to and including ten calendar days after the due date, a penalty of 5% of the maximum awardable marks will be applied to late work. For work submitted more than ten calendar days after the due date a mark of zero will be awarded. All assessments must be submitted in order to be eligible to pass the unit otherwise an AF (Absent Fail) grade will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Technology and society Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Online health information Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Remote healthcare Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Online communication Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Innovations & design and creating multimedia Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 How is technology used to improve health: electronic health data as a case study Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 How is technology used to improve health: social media as a case study Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 How is technology used to improve health: games for health Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 How is technology used to improve health: virtual reality as a case study Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Job applications Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 How is technology used to improve health: mHealth as a case study Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 The dark side of technology: cybersecurity and cybercrime Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Unit overview Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance and class requirements: This unit will be delivered as a blended unit with online lectures and a mix of face-to-face tutorials and online tutorials. All lectures will be available for download on Canvas. Tutorials will be face-to-face in Weeks 2-5 and online for the remaining Weeks 6-13. Online tutorials will be a mix of a live Zoom workshop and pariticpation in online discussion boards.

As stated in the Faculty Resolutions, students must attend at least 90% of all timetabled classes (ie. face-to-face and online tutorials). Failure to meet this minimum requirement may result in a Fail grade for the unit. To avoid penalties, please notify the unit coordinator immediately if you are unable to attend a scheduled face-to-face tutorial or apply for special consideration with supporting evidence for not participating in an online tutorial (ie. attending Zoom tutorials and posting on discussion boards).

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 apply their understanding of eHealth research, literature and learning activities to real-life health scenarios
  • LO2. engage in informed discussions about the ethical, legal, socio-cultural and political factors of eHealth in Australia and internationally
  • LO3. reflect on their learning experiences to develop insights into their learning processes and eHealth knowledge and skills
  • LO4. use technology to communicate professionally in a range of health contexts, to a diverse audience group
  • LO5. exercise team work skills to collaborate with peers to formulate and develop solutions that would address various real world health problems
  • LO6. create evidence-based health resources using multimedia.

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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Minor changes to some assessments have been ammended based on student feedback.


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