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OLET5604: Health Literacy for Better Lives

Intensive April, 2021 [Block mode] - Remote

An individual's health literacy has a major impact on their health and wellbeing across their life. Health literacy comprises the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of an individual to gain access to, understand, and use information to promote and maintain good health. People of lower health literacy commonly engage less frequently with the healthcare system, presenting later with illnesses, have lower adherence to medical advice and treatments, and higher mortality rates. In this unit you will learn about health literacy, how it can adversely impact populations, its measurement and applications in healthcare, and an understanding of approaches to increase health literacy. You will develop skills to use within the healthcare system and with external partners to increase levels of health literacy.

Unit details and rules

Unit code OLET5604
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 2
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Haryana Dhillon,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Quiz 1
Closed book, computerized multiple-choice questions
25% Week 04
Due date: 12 Apr 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 12 Apr 2021
15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Online task Quiz 2
Closed book, computerized multiple-choice questions
25% Week 05
Due date: 23 Apr 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 23 Apr 2021
15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Quiz 3
Closed book, computerized multiple-choice questions
50% Week 07
Due date: 02 May 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 02 May 2021
40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary

In OLET5604 no minimum mark for any assessment automatically results in a fail for the overall unit of study. If your marks for all assessment tasks together add up to 50 or more, you will pass the unit. However, you must complete all three quizzes.

  • Quiz 1 (25%): is compulsory, it must be completed before material for weeks 3 and 4 can be unlocked.
  • Quiz 2 (25%): is compulsory, it must be completed before material for workshop can be unlocked.
  • Quiz 3 (50%): is compulsory and will be completed after the course content has been completed. 

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.


Mark Range




Performance in assessment tasks demonstrate learning
outcomes at an exceptional standard.



Performance in assessment tasks demonstrate learning
outcomes at a high standard



Performance in assessment tasks demonstrate learning outcomes at a good standard



Performance in assessment takes demonstrate learning
outcomes at an acceptable standard



Performance in assessment task fail to demonstrate learningoutcomes at an acceptable 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.

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 What is health literacy? Definitions and models Independent study (2 hr)  
Week 02 Why does health literacy matter? Social determinants of health and adherence to health advice Independent study (2 hr)  
Week 03 How can we address health literacy: Population, system, and individual interventions Independent study (2 hr)  
Week 04 How do you develop and evaluate a health literacy intervention? Independent study (2 hr)  
Week 05 Health literacy in practice. Intensive session Face-to-face workshop. Location to be confirmed Workshop (7 hr)  

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.

Required readings

There is no text book for this course.

Required readings are available as part of the elearning site.

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. Define and describe health literacy
  • LO2. Understand health literacy and its impacts on health
  • LO3. Identify and critique models and measure of health literacy
  • LO4. Evaluate models and measures of health literacy
  • LO5. Develop and evaluate health literacy interventions

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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