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SEXH5412: Sexual Health and Relationships Education

Semester 2, 2021 [Online] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit of study will explore the evidence base, implications and considerations when delivering sexual health and relationships education from a public health perspective. Students will develop skills in the development and facilitation of training and education to different population groups. Students will be able to evaluate knowledge needs and synthesise information related to sexual and relationship education. On completion of the unit, students will be able to, 1. Plan and conduct a session which facilitates learning for a chosen population group/community using appropriate health education and learning frameworks, 2. Develop the skills to enable people within a variety of settings to enhance their sexual health and relationship literacy and, 3. Critically appraise various approaches to sexual health and relationship education development.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SEXH5412
Academic unit Sexual Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Iryna Zablotska-Manos,
Lecturer(s) Fiona Robards,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Online Discussions
Online discussions
10% Ongoing 200 words per discussion
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Critical essay
25% Week 06 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Creative assessment / demonstration Education Lesson Presentation
20% Week 09 10-15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Health Lesson Plan
25% Week 11 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Reflective Essay
20% Week 13 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3

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


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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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:

Please note, for this unit of study (SEXH5412) 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

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 Introduction Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 02 Public health education: an introduction Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 03 Working with groups Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 04 Theories of behavioural change Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 05 Domains of learning, writing aims and objectives Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 06 Revision Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 07 Theories of teaching and learning-andragogy and pedagogy Independent study (10 hr)  
Domains of learning, writing aims and objectives Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 08 Planning health education activity: learning styles and education materials Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 09 Revision Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 10 Evaluation of teaching and learning Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 11 Revision Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 12 Revision Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 13 Revision 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

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. plan and conduct a session which facilitates learning for a chosen population group/community using appropriate health education and learning frameworks
  • LO2. develop the skills to enable people within a variety of settings to enhance their sexual health and relationship literacy
  • LO3. critically appraise various approaches to sexual health and relationship education development

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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