MDWF12002 - Foundations of Midwifery 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the normal processes of the pregnancy continuum and examines the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating these processes according to the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the philosophy of midwifery care emphasising the concepts of ‘with woman’, midwife-woman partnerships and continuity of care. This unit is to be studied in conjunction with the clinical unit Midwifery Practice 1.

Details

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

Co-req

MDWF12001 Midwifery - Past and Present

MDWF12003 Midwifery Practice 1

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.53% 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 co-ordinator was very responsive in her emails and was able to clarify questions regarding the content.
Recommendation
To continue to ensure that all phone and email inquiries are responded to thoroughly and in a timely manner.
Action Taken
All phone and email inquiries continued to be responded to thoroughly and in a timely manner.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The structured study guides and lectures - I felt that they tied in well. And then we were given chapters to read - which really helped cement the new information.
Recommendation
To continue to ensure that the theoretical content is delivered in a structured and easy to follow way.
Action Taken
The theoretical content continued to be delivered in a structured and easy-to-follow way.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
At times I felt a little oversaturated with information and readings.
Recommendation
In future care will be taken to limit the number of additional readings required each week. Only essential readings will be included in the study guides and 'further reading' will be placed in a separate folder.
Action Taken
Care was be taken to limit the number of additional readings required each week. Only essential readings were included in the study guides and 'further reading' was placed in a separate folder.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Feedback
The content is relatable and closely linked to practice
Recommendation
To ensure the unit content is closely related to clinical practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Feedback
Good lectures and study guides
Recommendation
To continue to provide weekly lectures to accompany the study guide content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Feedback
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
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction, pregnancy, birth and lactation.
  2. Explain the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating normal processes of the childbearing continuum using the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'.
  3. Explore and apply current evidence associated with the provision of midwifery care.

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 6: Provides safe and quality midwifery practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination