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SEXH5416: Advanced Readings in Sexual Health

Semester 1, 2022 [Supervision] - Westmead, Sydney

Advanced readings in sexual and reproductive health provides an opportunity for students to select a sexual or reproductive health topic that they wish to investigate at an advanced level. This is an independent learning unit with support from academic staff. A systematic review of the literature will be applied to the chosen topic. Topics must be negotiated with the Pathway Coordinator. Students will be required to negotiate a learning contract with the Pathway Coordinator/supervisor in accordance with the unit objectives and assessment procedures. On completion of the unit, students will be able to: (i) Demonstrate a current knowledge and understanding of the chosen unit area; (ii) Conduct a literature search relevant to the chosen study area; (iii) Critically evaluate the literature; (iv) Critique systematic review methodologies; and (v) Apply the concepts from the literature to the area of study.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SEXH5416
Academic unit Sexual Health
Credit points 6
SEXH5401 or CEPI5100 or PUBH5010
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Christopher Fox,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Systematic review
70% Formal exam period 6000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment hurdle task Learning contract
0% Week 06 Form
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment Annotated bibliography
30% Week 09 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found in the Unit of Study Guide that will be provided to you by your supervisor.

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:

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 Reviewing the literature Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 02 Reviewing the literature Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 03 Develop topic Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 04 Develop search strategies (databases and search terms) Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 05 Develop learning contract Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 06 Annotated bibliographies Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 07 Annotated bibliographies Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 08 Annotated bibliographies Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 09 Develop review Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 10 Develop review Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 11 Develop review Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 12 Develop review Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 13 Develop review Independent study (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Regular meetings (as negotiated in your learning contract) with the Pathway Coordinator or Supervisor.

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

Please refer to your Unit of Study Guide provided by your supervisor for a reading list.

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 a current knowledge and understanding of the chosen unit area
  • LO2. conduct a literature search relevant to the chosen study area
  • LO3. evaluate literature in a critical manner
  • LO4. apply concepts from the literature to the area of study
  • LO5. assess your own needs for professional 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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