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Unit Overview


The effective communication of scientific information about infectious diseases is critical in today's world, where new infectious threats continue to emerge, and issues such as vaccine hesitancy continue to challenge society. This unit provides students with the tools and techniques for effectively researching and communicating a range of themes and topics related to infectious diseases, to several different audiences.

The objectives of this unit are to provide students with the tools to communicate information and data on infectious diseases to a range of audiences. Students will learn how to communicate effectively, demonstrated using both written work and oral presentations.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically evaluate scientific literature in the field of infectious disease and microbiology; (2) effectively communicate on a range of infectious diseases themes and topics to diverse audiences; (3) summarise complex themes in infectious diseases using lay terminology; and (4) analyse scientific data derived from infectious diseases studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) writing exercises and data analysis exercise; (2) seminar and discussion board participation; and (3) MCQ. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
A/Prof Kate Hammer
Unit rules
Enrolment in
54540 Master of Infectious Diseases
Advisable prior study
MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1 MICR5831 Molecular and Cellular Microbiology MICR5846 Molecular Epidemiology and Microbial Communities MICR5832 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology PUBH5761 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
Contact hours
Lecture/Seminars 2 hours per week
Tutorials/Workshops 2 hours per week
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