Overview

This unit provides students with an understanding of the nature and scope of communicable diseases, including identification, control and contemporary management techniques.

Requisites

Teaching Periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between immunology and immunisation
  • Contrast the major transmission routes for communicable diseases of public health importance
  • Apply the principles of public health surveillance and epidemiology in relation to investigating communicable disease outbreaks
  • Explain the legislative frameworks for preventing and controlling communicable diseases in Australia
  • Analyse the human and environmental factors that contribute to the emergence of new communicable diseases

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Lecture
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Tutorial
1.00 12 weeks 12
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Various
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
7.50 12 weeks 90
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 25% 3,4 
Assignment 2Individual 35% 2,4,5 
Mid-Semester TestIndividual 40% 1,2 

Content

  • The immune system
  • Vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Immunisation requirements and procedures in Australia
  • Social determinants of health and vaccination
  • Principles of epidemiology and outbreak investigation
  • Communicable disease surveillance
  • Public health legislation and notifiable diseases
  • Principles of infection control in skin penetration premises
  • Emerging communicable diseases

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.