NURSING 7134 - Advanced Infection Control Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course will examine issues related to advanced infection control practice within the clinical setting. Students will cover various practice-related issues within their specific health care setting with particular reference to managing change of infection control practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7134
    Course Advanced Infection Control Practice
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Flexible delivery mode
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Course Description This course will examine issues related to advanced infection control practice within the clinical setting. Students will cover various practice-related issues within their specific health care setting with particular reference to managing change of infection control practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Paul McLiesh

    Course Coordinator: Paul McLiesh
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6286
    Location: School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Debate the contemporary issues that relate to advanced nursing practice in the specialty of infection control. Ensuring that practice is evidence based.
    2 Discuss the topics relevant to the speciality including: ethics of care, leadership, advocacy, evidence based practice, health service management, and professional standards.
    3 Discuss quality improvement principles, risk management principles and accreditation systems
    4 Demonstrate personal and professional skills with the aim of improving the management and leadership within the clinical setting. Evaluating the impact of this role and identifying its effectiveness within the team and the setting.
    5 Recognise and apply the relevant legal and ethical issues that surround the infection control nurse roles.
    6 Recognise the method of economic analysis of health care interventions that can be applied in the speciality of infection control.
    7 Prepare an effective business case justify a particular change in practice. Identify the issue of interest and developing the rationale for introduction of an intervention designed to reduce the incidence of infection
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3-4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3-4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4-7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Mooney, G 2003, Economics, medicine and health care, 3rd edn, Prentice Hall, Harrow.

    The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    For Advanced Infection Control Practice, it is recommended that students also have access to these texts:

    Department of Health and Ageing 2004, Infection control guidelines for the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases in the health care setting, Australian Government Printers, Canberra.

    Drummond, MF, Sculpher, M, Torrance, GW, O’Brien, B & Stoddart, GL 2005, Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

    Lee, G & Bishop, P 2005, Microbiology and infection control for health professionals, 3rd edn, Prentice Hall, Frenchs Forest.

    Note: You are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable supplementary reading on various aspects of the material covered within this course and you are encouraged to have a look at them.
    Online Learning
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    Library Resources
    Help for Nursing Students
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    Remote student library service
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered through Flexible Learning

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    While all students work at a different pace it is expected that study for this course will be approximately 12 hours per week of your time. This is a rough guide and may vary for students who have not studied recently
    Learning Activities Summary

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    Specific Course Requirements
    The course content will include the following:

    1. Role of the Advanced Infection Control Professional (ICP)
    2. Quality Management in Infection Control
    3. Applying Education Principles into Infection Control
    4. Management and Leadership Skills for the ICP
    5. Legal and Ethical Issues
    6. Economics of Healthcare Associated Infection
    7. Methods for Economic Analysis in Healthcare
    8. Introduction to Business Case Development
    9. Collecting the Evidence
    10. Constructing the Business Case
    11. Changing Practice and Culture
    12. Emerging Trends
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Online Quiz Formative 0% 1
    Essay Summative 40% 2-4
    Business Case Summative 60% 5-7
    Assessment Detail
    Weighting: 35%
    Length: 1,250 words
    Essay – Topic
    Students are required to critique their current role by including discussion of the content and reflective discussion points presented during Weeks 1 to 4 of this course.

    Weighting: 65%
    Length: 2,500 words
    Business Case – Topic
    Using the supplied framework as outlined in Week 10, students are required to construct a business case supporting a new initiative in infection control practice within their clinical setting. You will need to consider the content and discussion points from Weeks 6 to 10. Students must also include a rationale for change and supply literature search strategies as part of their submitted assessment.
    Assessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at

    Turnitin is used to submit all assignments in this course. Turnitin is a plagiarism software tool that enables the student to identify any matching text before final submission.

    An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file. If submitting a PowerPoint presentation for marking, the .ppt or .pptx must be submitted as .pdf file. It is also important to submit your file under your name, such as surname.firstname. MyUni stamps all the other details against your filename once you submit your assessment.

    An Assignment Coversheet must be submitted with each assessment. The coversheet should be the first page of your assessment. A word version of the Assignment Coversheet is available to download at The Plagiarism Statement must be signed and dated for your assessment to be marked (please note the details stated on the Assignment Coversheet). More information on avoiding Plagiarism is available at
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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    Referencing: providing a full bibliographic reference to the source of the citation (in a style as determined by the School).
    Quotation: placing an excerpt from an original source into a paper using either quotation marks or indentation, with the source cited, using an approved referencing system in order to give credit to the original author.
    Paraphrasing: repeating a section of text using different words which retain the original meaning.
    Please note: changing just a few words does not constitute paraphrasing.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide (

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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