Infectious Diseases

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This WebQuest addresses the following outcomes taken  from The NSW Board of Studies Stage 6 Syllabus.

9.4 The Search for Better Health

Contextual Outline

When physiological processes malfunction, the body tries to repair the damage. The process is
similar in all living things and it is only when the process fails to contain the damage that disease can
be recognised.
Humans have long recognised the symptoms of disease both in themselves and the animals and
plants around them. Since the beginnings of recorded history, they have noted the signs that reveal
that the body is malfunctioning. Increasing understanding of the causes of disease together with
accompanying advances in technology have changed approaches to treatment and management of
The search for measures to treat and manage diseases of humans and other organisms continues and
this search is paralleled by continued refinements in technology.
This module increases students’ understanding of the history, nature and practice of biology, the
applications and uses of biology, and the implications of biology for society and the environment.

Prior Learning:

Recall statements in Preliminary course: module 8.3 (subsections 3 and 7).
HSC Module 9.3 (subsections 3, 4 and 5)

Syllabus Outcomes:
Prescribed Focus Area.
H1 evaluates how major advances in scientific understanding and technology have changed the direction or nature of scientific thinking
H2 analyses the ways in which models, theories and laws in biology have been tested and validated
H3 assesses the impact of advances in biology on the development of technologies
H4 assesses the impacts of applications of biology on society and the environment
H5 identifies possible future directions of biological research

Knowledge and understanding
H6 explains why the biochemical processes that occur in cells are related to macroscopic changes in the organism
H8 evaluates the impact of human activity on the interactions of organisms and their environment
H13 uses terminology and reporting styles appropriately and successfully to communicate information and understanding
H14 assesses the validity of conclusions from gathered data and information
H15 explains why an investigation is best undertaken individually or by a team

Values and attitudes
H16 justifies positive values about and attitudes towards both the living and nonliving components of the environment, ethical behaviour and a desire for a critical evaluation of the consequences of the applications of science

Module Outcomes

Focus area:

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the work of Pasteur and Koch and other scientists stimulated the search for microbes as causes of disease

Students Learn to:

gather and process information to trace the historical development of our understanding of the cause and prevention of malaria

identify data sources, gather process and analyse information from secondary sources to describe one
named infectious disease in terms of its:
– cause
– transmission
– host response
– major symptoms
– treatment
– prevention
– control


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