This unit of study has been developed by academics in the University's Charles Perkins Centre, an interdisciplinary education and research hub whose mission is to develop real-world solutions for chronic disease. Our sleep and circadian rhythms are integral to our health and wellbeing, but they are often at odds with our technology-filled, caffeine-fuelled, and 24-hour world. This unit introduces how the sleep and circadian rhythms work and their impact on health and society. Examples include jetlag, shiftwork, sleep deprivation, and insomnia. You will gain insight into your own sleep and circadian rhythms, to help optimise your wellbeing and performance. The unit will show how different disciplines contribute to a fuller understanding of the world and help to provide new solutions to complex problems like those encountered in sleep and circadian science. The content will be founded in science, medicine, and health but will include perspectives and examples from physics, engineering, sociology, and history. You will be asked to reflect on your own discipline and how it can contribute to solving problems in sleep and circadian science.
This is a 2-credit point unit of study and will require roughly 40-50 hours of student effort online.
Assessments will take the form of module quizzes and a short reflective essay. The purpose of the module quizzes is formative, they aim to promote learning by testing students' understanding at the end of each module and encourages students to revise content. The written assessment encourages students to reflect on how their discipline can help solve a problem related to sleep and circadian rhythms. For the written assessment, students will be asked to appraise the written work of 2-3 of their peers to develop interdisciplinary understanding. Students' contributions to class discussion and peer assessment will not be assessed, but involvement in these activities will be a necessary part of progression and completion.
There is no dedicated textbook for this unit. The unit is hosted through the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) where all the resources are available, including videos, links to published papers, summaries and factsheets, and podcasts.