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NURS471 Special Topic: Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

The paper will present the core business of IPC including fundamental principles in regard to standards and policies, environments, quality and risk, microbiology and epidemiology, and everyday IPC processes.

The foundations of infection prevention & control (IPC) paper will develop student knowledge on the core principles of infection prevention and control. Learning activities emphasise and promote the development of evidence informed clinical reasoning involving the core components of IPC procedures & guidelines, epidemiology & microbiology, the built environment, education, surveillance, clinical governance, outbreak management, environmental & medical equipment management. The aim of this paper is to provide the student with a depth of understanding in IPC core principles that allows for effective application within clinical practice.

Paper title Special Topic: Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control
Paper code NURS471
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,903.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
Limite to PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc, MAdvNP

The applicant will:

  • Have registration as a nurse from a three-year programme or course, congruent with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003.
  • Hold a current Practising Certificate.

Teaching staff

Course convenor: Jo Borren

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

Two three-day study blocks.


Lee, G., & Bishop, P. (2015). Microbiology and infection control for health professionals ebook. Pearson Education Australia.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Critically evaluate IPC guidelines:

  • Explain the core principles of infection prevention and control.
  • Articulate the role of patient safety, risk management and quality improvement.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the strategies employed in the in the prevention of healthcare associated infections and combating antimicrobial resistance.
  • Articulate the relationship between healthcare facility design and IPC outcomes (built environment).
  • Demonstrate understanding of epidemiology and microbiology in the context of infectious disease transmission and outbreaks.
  • Critically evaluate approaches to patient, whānau and staff IPC education.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system