Outbreak: The Detection and Control of Infectious Disease
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Undergraduate Level 1
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- Domestic student fee:
- $1,039.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,264.00 (AUD)
Learn how humanity responds to outbreaks of infectious disease. The unit will create simulated outbreaks where you will assume the role of a key person in an outbreak investigation and work in teams online. You will sharpen your analytical skills and develop an understanding of infectious disease. This unit is relevant to students studying biological and environmental sciences and many other areas including nursing, journalism, public relations, international studies and business students.
Assessment: This unit will be assessed by contribution to on-line discussions, an on-line quiz, submission of workshop reports, a final project report and a peer review of another group's outbreak project. Students should be aware that assessment tasks start early in the study period, any student enrolling after the start of the study period must email the course coordinator to get immediate access to the course's learning hub portal. There is no exam other than an online quiz, no attendance is required on campus.
- Other special requirement — Access to word processing software and spreadsheet software such as 'Word' and 'Excel'. Openoffice software is sufficient.
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- understood how to go about naming the agent responsible for an outbreak
- describe the environment in which the outbreak has occurred, noting all possible routes of transmission
- select tests that will determine which mode of transmission is responsible for the outbreak
- list and describe the roles of individuals that will be required to participate in the outbreak response team
- determine whether the agent of the outbreak is presenting typical traits of previous outbreaks or whether it is a new emerging agent
- explain why the outbreak occurred
- monitor control measures for their effectiveness
- list changes to operating procedures to prevent further outbreaks
- design an information campaign to inform the community of the nature of the outbreak
- feed back to team members ideas for improvements in strategies
- rethink current and past control strategies and suggest improved practice for the future.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||Identification of hazards that lead to outbreaks of infectious disease|
|2||Sourcing of information relevant to controlling outbreaks|
|3||Team work in infectious disease control|
|4||Outbreaks involving topics such as tropical diseases, food borne diseases, bioterrorism and health care outbreaks|
|5||Reporting and effective communication of outbreaks|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Audio/Video - Streaming
- Online Assessment
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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