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Principles of Infection Control
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This unit of study provides a comprehensive overview of the importance of infection prevention and control within the healthcare setting. Students examine issues related to legislation, quality, prevention, transmission and management of infections. Students will explore some of the specific challenges encountered when planning strategies to minimise potential transmission between persons receiving care, staff and all personnel involved in the health care system. The unit of study also examines infection prevention and control principles at both local and organisational levels, focusing on achieving positive quality health outcomes.

This unit of study meets Australian Government Department of Health education requirements for Infection Prevention and Control Leads, namely it:

  • has a focus on infection prevention and control
  • is delivered at AQF Level 8
  • is delivered by a recognised education or training provider; and
  • has assessments that facilitate successful completion of the course.
Principles of Infection Control
Unit of study code 117
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Legal & ethical aspects of perioperative practice a) analyse the role of the nurse in preventing and controlling infection in the context of their practice Assessment 1: Online forum 5% 2
Theme 2: Professional perioperative nursing practice b) analyse the standards and policies that inform infection prevention and control initiatives in Australian healthcare Assessment 2: Online discussions x 2 10% 3, 8
Theme 3: Human factors of perioperative nursing c) evaluate strategies employed to identify and control institutional and community-based infection outbreaks Assessment 3: Essay (2000 words) 40% 5
Theme 4: Managing a safe environment d) investigate environmental considerations related to infection prevention and control in the context of their practice Assessment 4: Concept map 5% 7
Theme 5: Perioperative patient care e) justify appropriate strategies for the prevention and control of infection Assessment 5: Short essays (x2 – 1000 words each) 40% 10

Principles of Infection Control (117) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.