This Open Learning Environment unit of study is designed to introduce students to one of the major chronic health challenges of the 21st century, namely the increasing burden of allergies and autoimmune diseases. The unit will cover, at a basic level, what allergies and autoimmune diseases are, how they are treated, how they impact on the lives of individuals and the community, why they are becoming more common as living standards rise and what we might do to prevent them in future. Basic knowledge in high school biology is recommended for interested students. This unit of study has been developed by academics in the University's Charles Perkins Centre, an interdisciplinary education and research hub where researchers produce novel solutions to chronic disease.
The online self-directed learning component of this course will require up to 28 hours to complete. Each of the 8 online modules includes 1-1.5hr of online content, while additional online resources including videos and further reading will require 16 hours in total. Completion of this unit will also involve 10 hours of face-to-face contact and group work. Face-to-face contact time will consist of one 2 hour tutorial and a 2 hour session in which student groups will deliver a short presentation to their cohort. Preparation of the group work component of the course is expected to take 6 hours to complete.
Assessment for this unit will require approximately 2 hours to complete, consisting of online tutorial quizzes (10-15 mins per module), and a short group presentation.
There is no dedicated textbook for this unit. The unit is hosted through the University's Learning Management System (LMS) where all the resources are available, including videos, links to published papers, summaries and factsheets, and podcasts.