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Unit of study_

OLET1510: Health Challenges: Sleep

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.


Academic unit Sleep Medicine
Unit code OLET1510
Unit name Health Challenges: Sleep
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Online
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 2

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Sun Bin,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Participation
Contribution to pre-lecture activities and online discussion boards
5% - N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Module 1 Quiz
15 multiple choice questions
10% Week 01 Expected: 15 min Time limit: 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Tutorial quiz Module 2 Quiz
15 multiple choice questions
10% Week 02 Expected: 15 min Time limit: 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Module 3 Quiz
10 multiple choice questions
5% Week 03 Expected: 10 min Time limit: 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Module 4 Quiz
10 multiple choice questions
5% Week 04 Expected: 10 min TIme limit: 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Module 5 Quiz
10 multiple choice questions
5% Week 05 Expected: 10 min Time limit: 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Module 6 Quiz
10 multiple choice questions
5% Week 05 Expected: 10 min Time limit: 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Module 7 Quiz
10 multiple choice questions
5% Week 07 Expected: 10 min Time limit: 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Module 8 Quiz
10 multiple choice questions
5% Week 08 Expected: 10 min Time limit: 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Final assessment
45% Week 10 1 page
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2

All quizzes must be attempted to progress in the course and complete the unit.

Students will lose the opportunity to complete the final assessment and gain the associated marks after the deadline has passed.

Assessment criteria

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject as well as a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding to produce original solutions for novel or highly complex problems and/or comprehensive critical discussions of theoretical concepts.


75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a well­developed understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding of the subject to produce good solutions for challenging problems and/or a reasonably well­developed critical analysis of theoretical concepts.


65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad general understanding of the unit material and can solve routine problems and/or identify and superficially discuss theoretical concepts.


50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge.


0 - 49

A ‘Fail’ is awarded to a student who has not demonstrated threshold knowledge.

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:

Late submissions for the online quizzes will receive no marks. No late submissions will be accepted for the final assessment. Please apply for special consideration as soon as possible if you think you cannot meet assessment deadlines.

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

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 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 01 Introduction to sleep (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Introduction to circadian rhythms (3 hr) LO1
Week 03 Sleep deprivation (3 hr) LO1
Week 04 Jetlag (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 05 Shift work (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 06 Measuring sleep and circadian rhythms (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 07 Sleep hygiene and insomnia (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 08 Other sleep and circadian disorders (3 hr) LO1 LO2

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 2 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 40-50 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. Describe how the human sleep and circadian systems work and how they affect health and performance.
  • LO2. Explain the relevance of sleep and circadian health for different demographics, situations, and disciplines; and how sleep and circadian health can be optimised for health and performance.

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
To be completed after Unit of Study survey results are released.


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