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

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirement for some teaching activities. If a course has compulsory in-person attendance for some teaching activities or assessment, you will need to comply with your local state/national vaccination mandate/rules/guidelines for on-campus attendance and assessment that apply when the course starts and throughout the duration of the entire course. The applicable vaccine mandate may require you to have COVID vaccinations or an approved medical vaccination exemption to attend RMIT in-person activities. Please also read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it relates to vaccination and your study at RMIT:

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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 2019,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020


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 we face the possibility of new and emerging diseases like animal-derived coronaviruses and these create challenges for pandemic preparedness. 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. A workshop will be provided online to sharpen your analytical skills and help bridge any learning difficulties faced with understanding the nature of infectious disease. Weekly lectorials help you explore important concepts in outbreak investigations.
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

The following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) should enable you 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.  

Overview of Learning Resources

Links to learning resources are provided at the course learning site.  

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on individual task submission. 

Assessment Task 1: Foundation concepts Assessments: 

Draft task (15%) and online test on foundation concepts (15%)  

Total Weighting 30% 

You will receive feedback on your draft task report. 

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

Assessment Task 2: Mid Stage Assessment: 

Final version of task report (15%) and Workshop report (15%) 

You will receive feedback on your final version of the task and workshop report 

Total Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: Health Minister Report

Weighting 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4