Infection Prevention and Control in Practice module (PN50128)

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This module forms part of the MSc infection Prevention & Control . It can also be taken as an option in other MSc programmes or as a stand-alone module.

SCQF Level: 11 (Masters level)

SCQF Credits: 30

Total student effort: 300 hours

Available January

Target Audience

All healthcare practitioners who have a responsibility for infection prevention and control in their role.

Mode of Delivery

This module is delivered entirely online through My Dundee (the University virtual learning environment). All materials are provided through this medium. E-learning offers you easy access to web resources and documents needed for your studies, as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. Anyone with access to the internet and basic IT skills will be able to use My Dundee.

Module Aim(s)

To provide you with the opportunity to critically explore and debate infection prevention and control issues and practice.

Module Overview

This module will help you consolidate the knowledge and skills already acquired and prepare you for greater responsibilities within your practice. It will enable you to take a strategic holistic view so that you can enhance and develop clinical practice and service provision.

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • examine and discuss core components of infection prevention and control and their application to practice
  • critically appraise the professional and accountability issues of infection prevention and control practice
  • demonstrate the ability to formulate, implement and evaluate appropriate strategies to promote quality and safe patient care
  • demonstrate the skills required to participate in the development and implementation of operational and strategic initiatives in infection prevention and control
  • critically evaluate the decision-making process, risk assessment, multi-professional and multi-disciplinary working, accountability and governance within complex situations

Assessment Strategy

The two elements of the assessment recognise the need to demonstrate sound evidence based theory and practice. You will exhibit the ability to source and evaluate evidence, utilising a problem solving approach to make clinical decisions and present key points.

  • written essay: Identify a challenge you are currently facing in your role in infection prevention and control. Critically discuss this challenge in relation to current literature and identify ways in which this challenge can be addressed (wordage 2000)
  • final Assessment: Online activity: online participation of day-today infection prevention and control activities leading up to managing an outbreak (equivalent to 2500)

Module Requirements


  • working in a relevant role, usually healthcare
  • access to IT facilities, including internet access

Entry requirements

  • degree educated, or equivalent
  • first level registered nurse or registered health professional, or equivalent in their country of practice
  • IELTS overall 6.5 or equivalent for students whose first language is not English

Additionally students must be able to demonstrate that the module topic is relevant to their professional practice context.

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534