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Western High School - Stage 6

Year 12 Biology Assessment Task 3

Document of Instructions

Infectious Diseases

Weighting – 25% of HSC Assessment

DUE DATE – 2:30PM Friday 16th of June 2017

Title of Project.
Individual Project – Developing a resource for young
people that informs them about infectious diseases.

Assessment notification date – May 16th 2017

Sign and tear off below.

I hereby acknowledge that I have received this assessment task and the information needed to
complete the task in this workbook

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Assessment Task Details

Task Description.

Despite improvements in medical science, there is still a real and dangerous risk associated
with infectious diseases in Australia and overseas. The Australian government is most
concerned about young adults who enjoy travelling to destinations that are riskier to their
health than what they typically face here in Australia. Travel to Europe, Asia, Africa and
South America are common destinations for young Australians, often travelling on a budget
and to areas with poor medical access.

The Australian government has asked you to produce informative material that can be easily
disseminated to young people prior to them leaving the country. They are asking you to put
together either a video, podcast or an interactive E-book that will be available on their
website. They have asked you to focus on two (2) pathogens of infectious disease. One
pathogen that they are likely to or are at risk of encountering whilst travelling (including in
Australia), and one pathogen that recently (since the year 2000) caused an epidemic in
Europe, Asia, Africa or South America.

Note – You can not use Zika or Ebola for your project as these were the case studies
covered in class.

Nature of the Project

You must choose two pathogens to research and present your findings on. The pathogens can
be either microorganisms, macroorganisms or non-cellular pathogens. Your presentation
must take one (1) of the below forms.

1) A 10-minute Vodcast (video) presentation.

2) A 10-minute Podcast with accompanying fact sheet
3) An interactive e-book no longer than 10 pages.

You will be given five (5) hours of class time to work on and complete this task. The rest of
the time needed is to be spent outside of class time. During this time, your teacher will be
available to help guide your investigation and research. It is recommended that you complete
your research and write your script before you record your video or podcast, or before you
begin to publish on iBook Author. Your teacher, or the computer lab assistants will assist
with any ICT problems that arise for you.

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Details and tips for each medium

- Your Vodcast must be between 7 and 10 minutes in length.
- The introduction MUST include your name and student number and include a
reference list at the end of your video.
- You must present the information in a visually appealing and engaging way and
include relevant information related to your chosen pathogens.
- Your video must be submitted via email AND USB stick with your name clearly
written on it. It must be in an mP4 format and the email must contain either a
downloadable mP4 file or a link to view the video on a website such as YouTube.
- You may use PowerPoint, iMovie, Screencast or any other video production

- Your Podcast must be between 7 and 10 minutes in length.
- The introduction MUST include your name and student number.
- The information presented must be clear and audible and present the information
on your pathogens in an engaging way.
- Your podcast must be submitted in an mP3 format, in both an email AND USB stick
format, with your name clearly identifiable.
- You may use Garage Band, QuickTime or any other form of voice recording software.
- You must also hand in a 1-2 page A4 Factsheet with your podcast. Your fact sheet
should include a section for your references. The fact sheet is a summary of the
information that you are presenting in your podcast and must be submitted via
email, with your podcast and in hard copy form with your USB stick

Interactive E-book
- Your E-book must be between 7 and 10 pages long.
- Your E-Book must include at least one (1) interactive element. This might be in the
forms of graphical data, a slide show, an interactive map or anything that will add to
your E-Book. You may use as many interactive elements as you like.
- The E-Book must include your name of clearly on the front page.
- Your E-Book must include a title page, table of contents and reference section.
- You must submit a direct link to your E-Book AND a hard printed copy of your E-
Book. You do not have to make your hard copy interactive, but you MUST make your
electronic version interactive.
- You MUST use iBook Author publishing software to make your E-Book.

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Investigation Questions.
In your project you must address the following.

1) Identify the two (2) pathogens that you have researched.

2) Are your pathogens endemic, epidemic, small outbreak, rare occurrence or
eliminated in the population? Explain your answer.
3) Analyse the incidence and prevalence of the disease. Provide relevant data and
present the data in an appropriate way (graph, table, chart).
4) How are your pathogens and the disease spread? Describe the mode of
5) Identify the part(s) of the world you are most likely to encounter your pathogens.
6) Describe the signs and symptoms of the disease of your pathogens. Distinguish
whether these symptoms are immune responses or pathogenic in nature.
7) Identify and analyse the effectiveness of the treatment and medical interventions
available for your pathogens and diseases they cause.
8) Investigate how you would control and prevent the spread of your pathogen and
disease in a susceptible population?
9) Propose what young Australians can do to protect themselves from your chosen
10) What general advice can you recommend to travellers with respect to preventing
themselves catching other infectious disease whilst travelling?

Outcomes Assessed.
Knowledge and Understanding.

- analyses infectious disease in terms of cause, transmission, management and the

organism’s response, including the human immune system (BIO12-14)

Working Scientifically.

- selects and processes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data and information
using a range of appropriate media (BIO11/12-4)
- analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information (BIO11/12-5)
- communicates scientific understanding using suitable language and terminology for
a specific audience or purpose (BIO11/12-7)

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Mr McLennan’s Epidemics Video –

This video shows you a basic level investigation into the Zika Virus and the Ebola Virus
epidemics. This is not representative of the quality of work you are expected to produce, but
rather act as a guide to how you can produce your video, or podcast.

Your teacher will provide you with additional exemplars from last year’s assessment. These
are to be used as a guide only and are NOT to form any part of your project. If Similarities
are picked up between your work and the exemplar, you will automatically fail this
assessment and be awarded a “Did Not Attempt” on your HSC assessment.

Suggested Software Programs to use

Video – These programs will allow you to design, record and edit. You may want to
combine a cartoon from Powtoon with prezi to and edit it on iMovie.




iMovie (iPad or school computer Labs)

PowerPoint (computer Labs)

Podcast – Make sure you save in an mP4 file to email your submission.

Garage Band (iPad or schools computer lab)

Interactive E-Book – The only program you should use is iBook Author. It is on the
computers in the computer lab and you can download it to your own device. It will allow you
to publish your interactive E-Book. This will be the only program that your teacher can
access and read.

iBook Author (Computer Labs)

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Suggested Resources
The World Health Organisation (WHO)

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)

Smart Traveler

The Department of Health

YouTube Clips (May give ideas for your Vodcast presentation)

Epidemics – Mr McLennan Class video

Epidemics and Pandemics

Epidemics, Outbreaks and Pandemics

Podcasts (may give ideas for your podcast presentation)

Tracking Epidemics RN

It is important that you properly reference your information. To do this, you are to provide a
reference section at the end of your project, in APA format. You can use “bibme” as a
resource for creating your APA formatted reference


McLennan, A. (2017, April 17). Epidemics Video. Retrieved April 17, 2017, from

Williams, R. (2004, April 06). Tracking Epidemics. Retrieved April 16, 2017, from

World Health Organisation. (n.d.). WHO. Retrieved April 17, 2017, from

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Suggested Timeline
To complete this assessment task there are a number of steps that you need to take. The
below list offers a suggested timeline to follow to make sure you are on track to handing in
your completed assessment on time. You will be given class time to complete some of these
activities and other activities you will need to complete outside of class time.

Activity Date Completed

Receive Assignment Document of Instructions 16/5/2017
Decide on your two (2) pathogens to research 18/5/2017
Begin looking and summarizing the relevant information on 18/5/2017
your chosen pathogens from the list of resources
Research further into your chosen pathogens. Make sure you are 25/5/2017
using the guiding questions to decide what information is
relevant for your project.
Decide on your Project format – Video, Podcast, E-Book 25/5/2017
Begin writing your script for your project. What do you want to 25/5/2017
say and how are you going to answer the guiding questions?
Have your first draft finished. Give your first draft to a 1/6/2017
classmate to read and give you feedback on.
Edit your first draft and complete your second draft ready for 6/6/2017
publishing your project
Complete your project. Have another friend look over it and 14/6/2017
give you feedback. You will have time in class to work on your
project this week.
Review your project yourself. Have you answered all the 14/6/2017
guiding questions? Have you provided a reference list? Have
you completed all the components ready to hand in on Friday?
Use this time to complete the finishing touches to your project.
(FRIDAY). Make sure you have emailed and provided the hard
copy. Make sure you have your teacher or a teacher in the
science faculty sign your “Hand-in” receipt. Keep this receipt

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Cover Sheet – (Attach this to the front of your hard copy or your E-
Book or Fact Sheet (podcast), or include in the envelope that will contain
your USB if you are doing a video)

Student Number:

I, (name), declare that the work I am

submitting for this assessment, HSC Biology Assessment Task 3 – Infectious
Disease, is my own work. Assistance or information received or obtained from
other sources has been properly acknowledged within this project, in the
bibliography section.


Have your teacher sign below when you hand in your assignment. Tear off the
receipt and keep it safe as it is your record that you have handed in your
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HSC Biology Assessment Task 3 – Infectious Disease Receipt

Format (circle) Video (USB) Podcast (USB and Fact Sheet) E-Book (email and Hard Copy)

Student Name: Date and Time Handed in:

Handed in on Time Yes No

Teacher Signature: Date:

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