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SEXH5410: Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion

Semester 1, 2023 [Online] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit will engage students in learning about evidence-based health promotion as a fundamental component of efforts to address sexual and reproductive health. The unit is divided into three sections: (i) Theories underlying health promotion in public health context; (ii) Evidence-based planning and project management in health promotion, and (iii) Behaviour change, health communication and health literacy. Theories covered will include those that address individual-level change and group and social-level change. Students will learn how to conduct needs assessments, plan programs, and address priority areas in sexual and reproductive health promotion. On completion of this unit, students will be able to: (i) Map population and/or community sexual and/or reproductive health needs; (ii) Plan evidence-based sexual and reproductive health promotion initiatives, and (iii) Identify evaluation strategies for evidence-based health promotion initiatives.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Sexual Health
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Fiona Robards, fiona.robards@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Fiona Robards, fiona.robards@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Assessment 3: Health promotion planning
Report & presentation of a case study
30% Please select a valid week from the list below
Due date: 01 May 2023 at 23:59
1750 words and 15-minute presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Online task Assessment 1: Health needs assessment online discussion
Online discussion
10% Week 04
Due date: 13 Mar 2023 at 23:59
3 discussions - 150-200 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Assessment 2: Application of health promotion framework
Report
20% Week 07
Due date: 03 Apr 2023 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Assessment 4: Behaviour change and evaluation
Essay
40% Week 13
Due date: 22 May 2023 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

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:

Late assignments that have not been granted extensions and are of a standard to receive a pass or higher mark will attract a penalty of 5% of the maximum mark per day late including weekend days. Assignments submitted more than 10 days late without prior approval from the unit of study coordinator will not be accepted and will be given a zero (0) mark.

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 Module 1: Introduction to health promotion and prevention Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 2: Health promotion frameworks Independent study (10 hr)  
Lecture (optional attendance) Online class (1 hr)  
Week 03 Module 3: Health promotion needs assessment Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 4: Implementation strategies Independent study (10 hr)  
Lecture (optional attendance) Online class (1 hr)  
Week 05 Module 5: Principles of working in partnership Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 6: Advocacy Independent study (10 hr)  
Lecture (optional attendance) Online class (1 hr)  
Week 07 Module 7: Theory of behaviour change Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 8: Health communication Independent study (10 hr)  
Lecture (optional attendance) Online class (1 hr)  
Week 09 Module 9: Public health evaluation Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module revision and assessment preparation Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module revision and assessment preparation Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module revision and assessment preparation Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module revision and assessment preparation Independent study (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Online (OL): Complete online independent study. Online guest lecturer teaching sessions throughout semester – optional attendance. However, attendance is strongly encouraged.

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 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. map population and/or community sexual and/or reproductive health needs
  • LO2. plan evidence-based sexual and reproductive health promotion initiatives
  • LO3. identify evaluation strategies for evidence-based health promotion initiatives

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

UoS coordinator considered feedback and made appropriate changes/improvements (e.g greater clarity given to assessment instructions).

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