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 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 48.57% 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 thoroughly enjoyed the history of midwifery. It was good to learn the history and the progress of midwifery practice. I felt the content was very interesting and beneficial. I very much enjoyed reading and learning about the history of midwives etc as it has formed the role of today's midwife.
Recommendation
Continue to provide appropriate assistance, relevant and up to date information in an interesting format that is easy to use and accessible to students.
Action Taken
Continue with relevant and up to date information.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Moodle is set out very well and its easy to navigate and all of the information required was on there. Feedback for assignments is very informative and prompt
Recommendation
Continue to provide interesting unit materials and content in an easy to use and accessible format.
Action Taken
Continue to provide easy to follow and useful study guides and build a user-friendly Moodle page.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
I really enjoy the lectures.
Recommendation
Continue to provide interesting and relevant lectures to students via the Echo360 platform and upload to Moodle.
Action Taken
Continue to provide interesting and relevant lectures to students via the Echo360 platform and upload to Moodle.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
I thought that together with the other subjects the assignments were due to close together which made it difficult with time management to do the weekly study guides as well as the assignments and online discussions.
Recommendation
Reconfigure due dates across term 1 for a greater spread of due dates. Double-check all term 1 due dates with other subjects across term 1.
Action Taken
I reconfigured due dates across term 1 for a greater spread of due dates. I double-checked all term 1 due dates with other subjects across term 1
Source: SUTE
Feedback
I felt this unit was organised well and the feedback given was returned very quickly. I felt really well supported when I was unsure.
Recommendation
Continue to provide timely assistance, guidance and feedback to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Lectures were very informative. Assignment break downs were great! The best aspect of this unit was the online discussions and reading materials. I found this helpful and also enjoyed the content.
Recommendation
Continue to provide interesting material and assessment items such as the online discussion to stimulate learning and engagement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The unit coordinator was very prompt replying to my emails when asking her questions or clarifying the content of assignments etc. This made studying easier considering this degree is online and I live so far away from the main campus. The layout of the Moodle page and the overall set up of the content was easy to navigate through each week.
Recommendation
Continue to be supportive, available and accessible to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
There is so much information on the study pages and web that I wish I had more time to go through it. Therefore, with time to come, I’m hoping to continue this research and develop more from it. Some of the weeks content is massive- maybe breaking it down a little could be more beneficial.
Recommendation
Format study guides and information into smaller digestible portions of information wherever possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
I would have found it easier if the actual assessment tasks and how they were asked to be set out matched the rubrics a little more. I found that example assignments confused me too especially when they didn't match our assignment task exactly.
Recommendation
Develop assessments, rubrics, essay guides and other such resources to provide clearer guidance.
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