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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Identification of hazards that lead to outbreaks of infectious disease
    • Sourcing of information relevant to controlling outbreaks
    • Team work in infectious disease control
    • Outbreaks involving topics such as tropical diseases, food borne diseases, bioterrorism and health care outbreaks
    • Reporting and effective communication of outbreaks
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Quizzes
      • Simulations

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understood how to go about naming the agent responsible for an outbreak
  2. describe the environment in which the outbreak has occurred, noting all possible routes of transmission
  3. select tests that will determine which mode of transmission is responsible for the outbreak
  4. list and describe the roles of individuals that will be required to participate in the outbreak response team
  5. determine whether the agent of the outbreak is presenting typical traits of previous outbreaks or whether it is a new emerging agent
  6. explain why the outbreak occurred
  7. monitor control measures for their effectiveness
  8. list changes to operating procedures to prevent further outbreaks
  9. design an information campaign to inform the commsubjecty of the nature of the outbreak
  10. feedback to team members ideas for improvements in strategies
  11. rethink current and past control strategies and suggest improved practice for the future.
  • Assignment 1 - Exercises (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Critical Analysis (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Quiz (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • SoftwareDetails - Access to word processing software and spreadsheet software such as 'Word' and 'Excel'. Openoffice software is sufficient.

Learn how humanity responds to outbreaks of infectious disease. The subject will create simulated outbreaks where you will assume the role of a key person in an outbreak investigation and work in teams online. Although you are placed in a team you will produce your own reports and your work is assessed as an individual submission. You will sharpen your research and analytical skills and develop an understanding of infectious disease. This subject is relevant to students studying biological and health sciences and many other areas including nursing, journalism, public relations, international studies and business students.

Assessment: This subject will be assessed by individual contribution to online discussions, an online quiz, submission of individual workshop reports, a final individual project report and an individual peer review of another groups 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 subject coordinator to get immediate access to the subject's learning hub portal and be assigned to a team. There is no exam other than an online quiz; no attendance is required on campus.

There are two hurdles in this subject - you must pass the first 4 assignments (aggregate score) and then pass the following 3 assignments (aggregate score).

This subject is part of the Science Pathway.

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