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SEXH5404: Variations in Sexual Function

Semester 1, 2020 [Block mode] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit will provide students an evidence-based approach to understand human sexual response,; appreciate sexual functioning of differently abled people across the lifespan; and equip students with adequate knowledge and skills to identify and manage a number of sexual concerns/problems/dysfunctions in men and women. On completion of this unit, students will be able to: (i) Evaluate sexual function across the lifespan; (ii) Appraise the role of sexual (health) literacy in optimum sexual health; (iii) Critique human sexual response models; (iv) Identify common male and female sexual dysfunctions; (v) Appraise the psychosexual and other management options for common sexual dysfunctions; and (vi) Critique the biopsychosocial determinants of sexual functioning.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SEXH5404
Academic unit Sexual Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Vijayasarathi Ramanathan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
In-semester test MCQ - 2
15% Formal exam period
Due date: 11 Jun 2020 at 12:00
20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2 LO1
Online task Online discussion
Online discussion
10% Multiple weeks 150-250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO2
Assignment Essay 1
20% Week 07
Due date: 06 Apr 2020 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
In-semester test MCQ - 1
15% Week 08
Due date: 23 Apr 2020 at 12:00
20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Essay 2
20% Week 10
Due date: 04 May 2020 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Presentation group assignment Oral presentation
Individual presentation
20% Week 12 6 minutes per student
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Online group discussion: You are expected to actively take part in the online group discussion of topics given. Has sexual functioning been too much medicalised? How does it impact on an individual’s/couple’s sexual well-being? What are the impacts of (sexual) health literacy on sexual functioning and overall sexual health?
  • Essay 1: Identify, categorise and briefly describe all factors that influence human sexual functioning. Of those factors, select any two (of your choice) and discuss in detail how the selected factors determine sexual functioning (by means of thorough review of literature and guidelines).
  • Essay 2: Select one male/female sexual dysfunction and develop a generic management plan addressing the etiology, diagnostic criteria and treatment/management options bearing in mind a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Multiple choice quiz- 1 & 2: The multiple choice quizzes are online, open-book quizzes. Each multiple choice quiz comprises of 15 questions and must be completed in 20 minutes. Students need to take each quiz individually. The multiple choice quiz covers topics/subjects in the learning modules, prescribed textbook and those covered during the intensive week.
  • Oral presentation

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.

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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.

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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 human sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Variations in male sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Variations in male sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Variations in male sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Variations in female sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Variations in female sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Variations in female sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Medications and its impact on sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Health co-morbidities and sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Health co-morbidities and sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Measures of sexual functioning Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Intensive workshop (4 days) Workshop (32 hr)  
Week 13 Revision Online class (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance at the intensive is compulsory for all students. Failure to attend may result in an absent fail for the unit of study.

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

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas.

Prescribed textbook

John P. Wincze and Risa B. Weisberg, Sexual Dysfunction: A Guide for Assessment and Treatment (3rd ed), Guildford Press (2015)

Recommended textbook

Kevin R Wylie, ABC of Sexual Health (3rd ed), BMJ Books (2015)

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. evaluate sexual function across the lifespan
  • LO2. appraise the role of sexual (health) literacy in optimum sexual health
  • LO3. critique human sexual response models
  • LO4. identify common male and female sexual dysfunctions
  • LO5. appraise the psychosexual and other management options for common sexual dysfunctions
  • LO6. critique the biopsychosocial determinants of sexual functioning

Graduate qualities

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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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