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PBHL29002 - Communicable Diseases

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Unit Synopsis

Communicable diseases transmit from human to human or animal to human. They form a major component of the global burden of disease, thus presenting a significant public health challenge. Developments in health technologies, pharmaceuticals and other preventative approaches and treatments have decreased the impact of communicable diseases over the last century particularly. However, this is countered by an increasing risk of emerging and re-emerging communicable disease outbreaks across borders, in part due to the exponential increase in global travel and the expansion of the human-animal interface. This unit explores the knowledge, principles and skills required to address communicable diseases prevention and control. You will examine the epidemiology of communicable diseases and its relationship to prevention, management and control strategies from a public health perspective. Surveillance and other public health strategies on communicable diseases control are studied. Case studies are used to develop insights into public health responses to communicable diseases control, challenges and facilitators. The unit applies a critical lens to the essential role of cross-sectoral collaboration and partnerships in effective communicable disease strategies and policies.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 35%
2. Group Work 25%
3. Report 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the major types and modes of transmission of communicable diseases.
  2. Interpret and critique risk factors contributing to the burden of communicable diseases from a public health perspective, using a socio-ecological model to focus on at-risk populations.
  3. Explain and apply methods of measurement, monitoring and surveillance of communicable diseases and evaluate how they are used to safeguard public health.
  4. Critique public health strategies and programs used in the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
  5. Appreciate and critique the factors and contexts driving collaborative and coordinated approaches to communicable disease prevention and control.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
3 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8