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There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


This unit consists of six modules: (1) biopotentials and their measurement; (2) equipment and instrumentation (non-biopotential); (3) performing polysomnography (PSG); (4) reading, scoring and analysing sleep (I); (5) reading, scoring and analysing sleep (II); and (6) data management, confidentiality, ethics.

Students undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine (52340) are advised to complete ANHB5432 Fundamentals of Sleep Biology first. Students undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210) or the Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (52320) are advised that this unit is a prerequisite for the intensive units ANHB5433 Sleep Technology in Practice and ANHB5434 Sleep Biology in Practice.

6 points
Not available in 2023OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) apply basic principles of electrical activity and physics to the measurement of biopotentials; (2) explain the standard equipment and instrumentation utilised in laboratory-based and portable sleep monitoring systems; (3) differentiate the PSG protocols, MSLT, MWT, standard PSG and therapy PSG; (4) justify the presence/absence of sleep, sleep stage and normal/abnormal sleep based upon the signal characteristics from PSG; (5) perform basic analysis and scoring of sleep studies according to standard guidelines; and (6) recognise the significance of principles of data management, professionalism, ethical behaviour and medical confidentiality.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment for each module (one online quiz for each module) and (2) a final online examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Eastwood, Dr Jennifer Walsh & Dr Kathleen Maddison
Unit rules
enrolment in
either the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210), Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (52320), Graduate Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine (52350)
or Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine (52340)
for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine (52350)
or Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine (52340)
: ANHB5532 Fundamentals of Dental Sleep Medicine
Contact hours
no formal contact—students are able to seek assistance by email or phone. Students are expected to spend approximately 50 hours working through the online learning modules, readings and quizzes. Some additional study time is recommended (approximately 100 hours).

Kryger, M. H. et al. eds Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 4th edn: Elsevier Saunders 2005

Rechtschaffen, A. and Kales, A. A Manual of Standardised Terminology, Techniques and Scoring System for Sleep Stages of Human Subjects: Brain Research Institute 1968

Iber, C. et al. The AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events—Rules, Terminology and Technical Specifications: American Academy of Sleep Medicine 2007

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