MDWF12002 - Foundations of Midwifery 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the childbearing continuum and the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating healthy processes. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the underpinning philosophy of midwifery care which emphasises the concepts of ‘with woman’, midwife-woman partnerships, and continuity of care.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Written Assessment 50%
2. Oral Examination 50%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 93.75% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 48.48% 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: SUTE Feedback
The content is relatable and closely linked to practice
To ensure the unit content is closely related to clinical practice.
Action Taken
The assessment tasks were based on a case study and realistic clinical scenarios.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Good lectures and study guides
To continue to provide weekly lectures to accompany the study guide content.
Action Taken
Lectures and study guides were reviewed and updated to maintain currency and quality.
Source: SUTE Feedback
I believe the only aspect that could be improved would be the workload. However, it is a course that has been fast-tracked to 18 months. At times it is hard to keep on top of the workload due to prac, CoC appointments and regular RN work
Due to the ANMAC accreditation requirements, it is not possible to reduce the study load. However, care will be taken to ensure that assessment tasks are well spaced. This will be achieved by collaborating with other members of the midwifery team. In addition to this additional or further readings will be kept to an absolute minimum.
Action Taken
Assessment task due date planning took place within the midwifery team to ensure the spacing of assessment tasks was fair and reasonable.
Source: SUTE
I felt that I would have benefited from being able to take notes during the thinking time of the VIVA VOCE exam. I understand that the concern is the content may get to other students, but we could firstly show the blank piece of paper before we start, then show that we are shredding it by hand before turning off the camera.
The midwifery team will discuss the challenges of allowing this to take place.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
I just wanted to mention that the study guide answer sheets were very helpful but once previous UC left I did not see any new ones uploaded which was a shame. I used these to check my answers and go back to a study from.
Due to a change of unit coordinator mid-way through the term, there was a misunderstanding regarding the week-to-week availability of answer sheets. As soon as the issue was identified, it was rectified. This is unikely to occur again in future, as changing unit coordinators part-way through a term is uncommon.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
The lectures did not match the study guides for quite a few weeks. It was extremely time consuming and frustrating.
Lectures and study guides will be comprehensively reviewed for the 2023 offering of this unit to ensure consistency in delivery of learning materials.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
I found the videos a little outdated.
The videos for the unit will be reviewed prior to the 2023 offering of this unit, and changed to more current or relevant versions if required.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction, pregnancy, birth and lactation
  2. Analyse the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating normal processes of the childbearing continuum
  3. Apply current evidence associated with the provision of midwifery care.

The proposed changes to learning outcomes and the unit will meet the following:

The draft ANMAC Midwifery Education Standards (2020).

Standard 1: Safety of the public.

Standard 3: Program of study.

Standard 5: Student assessment.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Midwife Standards for Practice (2018).

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 a plan for midwifery care.

Standard 6: Provides safe and quality midwifery practice.

Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to improve midwifery practice.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Code of Conduct for Midwives (2018).

Principle 1. Legal compliance.

Principle 2. Woman-centred practice.

Principle 3. Cultural practice and respectful relationships.

Principle 4. Professional behaviour.

Principle 7: Health and wellbeing.

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) International Code of Ethics for Midwives (2014).

1. Midwifery Relationships.

2. Practice of Midwifery.

3. The Professional Responsibilities of Midwives.

4. Advancement of Midwifery Knowledge and Practice.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2017).

Clinical Governance Standard.

Partnering with Consumers Standard.

Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard.

Medication Safety Standard.

Comprehensive Care Standard.

Communicating for Safety Standard.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral Examination