MDWF12001 - Midwifery – Past and Present

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Contemporary midwifery is a product of its historical roots, social and political influences. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of these factors and how they have shaped contemporary midwifery practice. In this course, you will explore the role of the midwife and the theories and philosophy underpinning contemporary midwifery practice in national and international settings.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 68.57% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
I found the unit interesting the lectures were great. I enjoyed the online discussion assessments. The accessibility of the course coordinator was great, very responsive and willing to help. extremely supportive. Because the lecturer was passionate about the history of midwifery it made it more interesting and easier to learn. The online discussion forced fortnightly learning which was helpful. Lectures, I loved that I could go and listen to them at any time if I needed. Bridget was great to help with any issues I had regarding assessment etc. Content was great! Good source of information and relevant. The teacher of this unit was very helpful and supportive. No improvement needed. The assessment questions did not completely match the marking rubric for the 2 essays. It can make things confusing. it should just be the same. the wording from the rubric should be used to formulate the questions.
Recommendation
Continue to provide current, relevant learning resources. Improve clarity and tighten up the wording in the assessment items and rubrics.
Action Taken
The assessment items were re-structured and re-worded. The students were also provided with an individual essay guide for each assignment task.
Source: Email sent to me from a student who was struggling with the workload and clinical placement commitments required of the course.
Feedback
Thank you for being genuine, fiercely supportive and dedicated. I had clarity of the situation and a bounce in my step after our conversations. You made a difference to my development as a student midwife.
Recommendation
Continue to provide quality academic and clinical advice to my students. Remain accessible to students and respond to them promptly within working hours. Respond appropriately to any personal and/or academic/clinical emergency crisis for students.
Action Taken
The unit co-ordinator continued to remain highly accessible to students during work hours and promptly responded to all student communications. Zoom session were built into the subject for general discussion regarding any arising issues or assessment concerns.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Great unit, interesting content. The overall view of midwifery presented through the ages and now was good. I enjoyed seeing how midwives make a difference in society. The Coordinator was very approachable and knowledgeable. I did not receive this amount of support with my last university. I feel you are all behind me 100% The interaction with the lecturers was great. I really appreciated having lectures where they were visible to us. It really made it feel more like a classroom environment in my own study zone, thanks. The discussion forum is a good form of assessment. It is a low pressure way to discuss the learning and slowly complete it throughout the term which I prefer to assignments. This unit was actually extremely interesting, learning historical to current midwifery practice I feel is vital to know, not just for our practice, but for the respect and understanding of where midwifery has been and gone. I felt like I learnt a lot from this unit and it has given me a deeper understanding of midwifery as a whole. I felt supported throughout my unit from Bridget and her assessment feedback was very very helpful. Her knowledge and passion shows in her units and practice. Thank you for a wonderful first term all! Enjoyed the learning The course coordination Bridget is so incredibly knowledgeable and is able to engage students throughout the whole term. Assignments were returned very quickly (I'm not sure how they're marked so fast!) and always included helpful feedback. The essay topics were interesting and helpful for my learning Prompt staff response to questions, Very fast marking turn around with excellent feedback. Initially I found this unit challenging as I am not someone who is really that interested in History. In certain aspects of history yes but not generally. Although Bridget delivered this unit in an excellent manner and her passion for midwifery is evident, her passion and ability to deliver this unit ensured i remained focused and interested. The layout is easy to follow. The lecturer's are great and always willing to help. Easy to contact and always reply in a quick time frame. The level of critical thinking required during the course enables you to really look at issues from many view points. Bridget's positivity, energy and passion, and wanting us to do well. I really enjoyed the unit as it gave a good perspective of what midwifery was, is and where we are headed. relevance to beginning our midwifery careers The information given about what was expected in our assignments was amazingly helpful.
Recommendation
Continue to provide appropriate assistance, relevant and up to date information and be supportive of student needs.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Navigation of the Moodle site was challenging for some students
Recommendation
Look at ease of Moodle site and provide students with resources to extra assistance such as TASAC and student services.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students thought the assessments interesting but found that some material overlapped in assessment items.
Recommendation
Change assessment items
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students found that assessment due dates were close together
Recommendation
Plan assessment item due dates differently
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine the historical roots and social and political influences on contemporary midwifery.
  2. Explain the role of the midwife.
  3. Critique the theories and philosophy underpinning contemporary midwifery practice in national and international settings.

NMBA Midwife Standards for Practice

Standard 1: Promotes evidence-based maternal health and wellbeing.

Standard 2: Engages in respectful partnerships and professional relationships.

Standard 3: Demonstrates the capability and accountability for midwifery practice.

Standard 4: Undertakes comprehensive assessments.

Standard 5: Develops plans for midwifery practice.

Standard 6: Provides safe and quality midwifery practice.

Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to improve midwifery practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment