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SEXH5401: Introduction: Sexual and Reproductive Health

Semester 1, 2021 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit will cover the foundational aspects of sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including relevant anatomy and physiology, sexuality, gender, sexual orientation and behaviour. The social, medical and public health aspects of SRH will be introduced including preconception care, pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy and abortion, fertility, and contraception. Students will develop an awareness of the diversity of values, opinions and behaviours in sexual orientation. The effect of socio­economic, ethnic and cultural factors and current theories of sexuality and sexual behaviours will be discussed.The basic principles of the prevention and management of common STIs and HIV will be introduced and emphasis will be given to the sexual and reproductive health rights of all individuals as well as the importance of healthy sexuality.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SEXH5401
Academic unit Sexual Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Christopher Fox,
Lecturer(s) Jessica Lowe,
Kirsten Black,
Arlie Rochford,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Individual assignment 2
30% Formal exam period 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
Online task Discussion board participation
Online discussion
10% Ongoing 200-500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Individual assignment 1
20% Week 08 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO2
Small test Multiple Choice Quiz (MCQ)
Online quiz
20% Week 10
Due date: 14 Oct 2020 at 12:00
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Group assignment
Group choice of poster, PowerPoint presentation, pamphlet, App etc
20% Week 12 Dependent upon chosen media
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

You must attempt each assessment task to be graded for this unit of study.

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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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:

For this unit of study the late submission penalty will be 5% of the maximum awardable mark for 10 calendar days only. If the assessment is submitted more than 10 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to sexual and reproductive health Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 02 Introduction to sexual and reproductive health Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 03 Anatomy and physiology Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 04 Sexual and reproductive development throughout the lifespan Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 05 Sexual and reproductive development throughout the lifespan Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 06 Reproductive health and fertility Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 07 Reproductive health and fertility Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 08 STIs and HIV Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 09 STIs and HIV Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 10 Foundations of sexology Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 11 Sexual and gender diversity Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 12 Sexual and reproductive health promotion Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 13 Sexual and reproductive health promotion Independent study (10 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 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

This unit of study has the following textbook:

Van Look, P. F. A (2011). Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Public Health Perspective. 1st Edition. Elsevier. ISBN 9780128102329.

The textbook is available as an e-book here

All other readings for this unit can be accessed on Canvas

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. demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts and definitions of human sexuality and sexual health
  • LO2. examine the critical link between human sexuality (attitudes and behaviours) and sexual health
  • LO3. describe the common STIs and HIV, mechanisms of transmission, management options and preventive strategies
  • LO4. discuss the reproductive aspect of human sexuality and sexual health
  • LO5. demonstrate skills in developing an audience appropriate resource targeting sexual or reproductive health care

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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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