UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science

This course provides advanced competencies for a sleep technologist, based on a higher order of theoretical content than the certificate. It provides students with advanced practical skills in adult and paediatric sleep scoring and application of therapies for sleep disorders and practical skills in management of a sleep laboratory.

Students will be expected to be in Perth for two weeks in June/July and again in November/December to undertake the two intensive practical components of the course.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Sleep Science
Award abbreviationGradDipSSc
Course code52320
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Credit points required54
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 48 points of taught units and 6 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 54 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit4 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Peter Eastwood

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

While the majority of the course is online, mixed mode units require students to attend UWA in person for two weeks of intensive practical tuition in June/July and again in November/December. Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, transport, etc.

Only students who hold the articulating Graduate Certificate of Paediatric Sleep Science (91250), are required to complete this conversion unit, in place of ANHB5431 Fundamentals in Sleep Technology, ANHB5432 Fundamentals of Sleep Biology, ANHB5433 Sleep Technology in Practice and ANHB5434 Sleep Biology in Practice.

NSANHB5452Adult Sleep Science

Take all units (48 points):

NSANHB5431Fundamentals of Sleep Technology
NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
NSANHB5433Sleep Technology in Practice
NSANHB5434Sleep Biology in Practice
NSANHB5453Advanced Sleep Technology and Laboratory Management
NSANHB5454Advanced Sleep Scoring
NSANHB5456Clinical Research and Biostatistics
NSANHB5457Advanced Competencies in Sleep Science

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) a current National Police Certificate1, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal conviction.

1Currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 51210 Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (24 points)
  • 52320 Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (54 points)
  • 91250 Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Sleep Science (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 54 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 6 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed the articulating Graduate Certificate of Paediatric Sleep Science 91250, are required to complete this conversion unit. All other students are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 6 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules


13. The Faculty may grant students who hold the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Sleep Science 24 points credit, but these students are also required to complete the 6 point conversion unit, ANHB5452 Adult Sleep Science.