Course Title: Outbreak: The Detection and Control of Infectious Disease

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Outbreak: The Detection and Control of Infectious Disease

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Danilla Grando

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257135

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.1.66

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email as first point of contact

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In Outbreak you will learn how humanity responds to outbreaks of infectious disease. You are provided with an opportunity to extend your knowledge of the causes and control of outbreaks. Each year the press reports on new and emerging diseases like Bird Flu and discusses the possible ramifications of the appearance of old diseases like Smallpox as bioterrorism events. The course will create simulated outbreaks where you will work in teams online and assume the role of a key person in an outbreak investigation. Workshops will be provided online to sharpen your analytical skills and help bridge any learning difficulties faced with understanding the nature of infectious disease.

The course will enable you to develop technical and scientific communication skills. This does not imply that you need a scientific background, rather that you will be better equipped to carry on a professional career in this technological age. In fact there are many careers that face the challenges of global spread of disease including the challenges to tourism, trade, safe food production and health care delivery. This course is of particular interest if you are studying in programs such as Medical Sciences, Nursing, Journalism, Public Relations, Environmental Science, International and Business Studies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops capabilities in:
• Identification of hazards that lead to the outbreaks of infectious disease
• Familiarization with organizations that are responsible for the control of infectious disease (Australia and International)
• Sourcing relevant and accurate information pertaining to the control of infectious disease
• Working cooperatively with members of a team sharing the common goal of disease control
• Problem solving and research, including both critical and lateral thinking in the context of the outbreak report
• Writing science reports in an engaging and effective way

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Source information that guides hazard analysis

2. Recognise the major organisations charged with responding to outbreaks of infectious disease

3. Communicate in the language of introductory epidemiology 4. Write reports in an effective an engaging manner


Overview of Learning Activities

Independent study is an essential part of this course. As well as study related to problem solving activities, preparation for the outbreak project report and feedback to fellow members of the outbreak, your online contributions to the course is required online on a regular basis. You have the role of an active learner and thus have the responsibility of contributing on a regular basis to online forums relating to the learning activities. Reporting deadlines are crucial and late work is penalised at 10% per calendar day. An extensive work guideline document is provided at the course myRMIT site once you have enrolled and this sets out all the deadlines and required submissions online.

Overview of Learning Resources

  Links to learning resources are provided at the course site at myRMIT. There are no textbooks required for this course

Overview of Assessment

 Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment will be based on individual task submission.

Formative Early Assessment:

Draft task, peer review 1 and workshop

Weighting 30%

You will receive written feedback on the draft task and peer review 1.

These assessment tasks support CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Mid Stage Assessment:

Final version of task report, Workshops 2 and 3 and quiz

Weighting 40%

These assessment tasks support CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Summative Assessment Health Minister Report and Peer review 2 Weighting 30%

These assessment tasks support CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4