The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Online

  • Trimester 3 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss clinical governance, standards and guidelines, legal and ethical frameworks relating to infection prevention and control practice and identify opportunities for further development in own clinical context

2. Recognise the role of pathogenic microorganisms, their virulence and modes of transmission in relation to sources of infection, including health care associated infections

3. Understand the principles and practices of infection prevention and control, recognising and promoting evidence based practices that reduce transmission risks

4. Explore and interpret surveillance and clinical audits associated with health care procedures and identify strategies to reduce health care associated infections

5. Explain policy and practice related to outbreak/exposure management in community and healthcare contexts


Content

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

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.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment Part A *

Proposal / Plan: Written Assignment Part B *

Quiz: Online quiz *

Online Learning Activity: Blog Postings and E-Learning Module

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Total marks from all assessment items should be 50% or greater to pass the course
  • Proposal / Plan: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Total marks from all assessment items should be 50% or greater to pass the course
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Total marks from all assessment items should be 50% or greater to pass the course