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Principles of infection control

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This unit of study aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the importance of infection prevention and control within the workplace. Students examine the issues related to legislation, quality, prevention, transmission and management of infections. Students will explore some of the specific issues encountered when planning strategies to minimise potential transmission between patients, 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 the process of achieving positive quality health outcomes.

Principles of infection control

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

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

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Principles and fundamentals of infection control

a) Discuss the various legal and ethical obligations relative to infection prevention and control.

Assessment 1 Online activities


1 per week

Theme 2: Microbiology and immunisation

b) Compare and contrast disease process and transmission, and the varying pathogens.

Assessment 2 Online discussions x 2



Theme 3: Epidemiology and surveillance

c) Illustrate the significance of occupational considerations for staff health.

Assessment 3 Essay (2000 words)



Theme 4: Professional and ethical issues of infection control

d) Evaluate the importance of a risk assessment and quality management program

Assessment 4 Discussion paper (2500 words)



Theme 5: Environmental considerations of infection control.

e) Justify appropriate nursing strategies for the prevention of infection in various scenarios





 f) Investigate the various environmental considerations for infection prevention and control.





g) Select and discuss appropriate methods of surveillance and data collection for a variety of situations.





h) Critically reflect on clinical nursing practice in relation to current recommended guidelines in assessing, planning, implementing and maintaining infection control principles





Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.