Infection Control

10 Units

This course provides students with an opportunity to advance knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control in contemporary healthcare practice. Students will be encouraged to explore aspects of clinical governance, prevention of infection and outbreak / exposure management with particular relevance to the student’s specialist clinical practice

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and synthesise current evidence relating to clinical governance and principles guiding infection control practice; legal and ethical frameworks,standards and guidelines;

  2. Critically analyse and synthesise current evidence relating to the pathogenesis of infection; pathogens, virulence, modes of transmission, sources of infection and health care associated infection;

  3. Critically analyse and synthesise current evidence relating to prevention and promotion of infection control in various practice settings including: a) the implementation of effective infection prevention and control programs; b) risk factors contributing to the development of Healthcare Associated Infections c) evidence-based approaches to classification, surveillances and clinical audits in Healthcare Associated Infections;

  4. Critically analyse and synthesise current evidence relating to outbreak/exposure management in contemporary clinical practice


This course consists of the following three modules:

Module 1. Clinical Governance Structure, Legislation and Standards

Module 2. Prevention and Promotion of Infection Control

Module 3. Outbreak /Exposure Management

Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge * Foundations of health and health breakdown theory, legal and ethical issues related to health. It is also assumed that the student will have fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to health care practice. * Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. * Ability to conceptualise practice. * Knowledge of relevant infection control standards.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay
  • Other: (please specify) - Introductory Blog - Online Postings
  • Presentations - Individual - Powerpoint Presentation
  • Quiz - On-line - Multiple Choice
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials
  • "Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals" & "Infectious Diseases"
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for NURS6650

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