Module 7: Infectious Disease        Downloads for HSC Exam practice - Revision 1  Revision 2  Revision 3                                                                                                           

Causes of Infectious Disease

Inquiry question: How are diseases transmitted?



Responses to Pathogens

Inquiry question: How does a plant or animal respond to infection?


      investigate the response of a named Australian plant to a named pathogen through practical and/or secondary-sourced investigation, for example:

      fungal pathogens

      viral pathogens

      analyse responses to the presence of pathogens by assessing the physical and chemical changes that occur in the host animals cells and tissues  


Inquiry question: How does the human immune system respond to exposure to a pathogen?


      investigate and model the innate and adaptive immune systems in the human body

      explain how the immune system responds after primary exposure to a pathogen, including innate and acquired immunity




Prevention, Treatment and Control

Inquiry question: How can the spread of infectious diseases be controlled.



      investigate and analyse the wide range of interrelated factors involved in limiting local, regional and global spread of a named infectious disease

      investigate procedures that can be employed to prevent the spread of disease, including but not limited to:

      hygiene practices


      vaccination, including passive and active immunity

      public health campaigns

      use of pesticides

      genetic engineering

      investigate and assess the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals as treatment strategies for the control of infectious disease, for example:



      investigate and evaluate environmental management and quarantine methods used to control an epidemic or pandemic  

      interpret data relating to the incidence and prevalence of infectious disease in populations, for example:  

       mobility of individuals and the portion that are immune or immunised

      Malaria or Dengue Fever in South East Asia

      evaluate historical, culturally diverse and current strategies to predict and control the spread of disease

      investigate the contemporary application of Aboriginal protocols in the development of particular medicines and biological materials in Australia and how recognition and protection of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property is important, for example:

          bush medicine

          smoke bush in Western Australia