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This unit provides students with an introduction to the key infectious agents which may pose a public or environmental health threat to the community. The unit covers surveillance and notifiable disease, water and air quality, food processing and micro-organisms from soil/air/food/water sources involved in outbreaks of disease. The laboratory methods introduce students to the detection of microbes in food processing. Guest lecturers from the Departments of Health and Water present a contemporary view of public health infectious disease in Western Australia. A unique feature of the unit is the involvement of PathWest, which has a strong reputation in public and environmental health microbiology.
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth), QEII Medical Centre Face to face
Students are able to (1) demonstrate familiarity with areas of knowledge basic to public health microbiology (surveillance, epidemiology, prevention); (2) the sources of infectious diseases (air, water, food, sexually transmitted disease); (3) demonstrate familiarity with the principles governing air, water and food quality; (4) the methods for detection of pathogens and toxins in the air, food and water enviroments; (5) demonstrate familiarity with the delivery of public health measures to the community including hospitals and remote areas; and (6) demonstrate familiarity with the application of preventative measures to control infectious disease in diverse environmental and clinical settings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two multiple-choice examinations (15 per cent each); (2) a report (20 per cent); and (3) a two-hour end-of-semester examination (50 per cent). 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)
- Professor Barbara Chang
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week
practical classes/assignments: 3 hours per week
Burlage, Robert S., ed. Principles of Public Health Microbiology: Jones and Bartlett Learning 2012
Grumezescu, A. M. and Holban, A. M. Foodborne Diseases: Elsevier Science & Technology 2018
Percival S. L. Microbiology of Waterborne Diseases: Microbiological Aspects and Risks: Elsevier Acad. Press, 2014
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
- Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.
Face to face
Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Not available for self-enrolment. Students access this mode by contacting their student office through AskUWA. 100% Online Unit.
NO campus face-to-face attendance. All study and assessment requirements are online only. Unit includes some timetabled activities, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. In exceptional cases (noted in the Handbook) students may be required to participate in face-to-face laboratory classes when a return to UWA’s Crawley campus becomes possible in order to be awarded a final grade.
No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.