MDWF12004 - Critical Inquiry and Midwifery Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Informed practice is fundamental to safe practice in midwifery care and ethical decision making. Informed practice requires you to review evidence for its relevance to best practice. In this unit, you will apply skills to search for evidence, critically review contemporary research and other evidence, and critique current policies relevant to midwifery practice.


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


MDWF12002 Foundations of Midwifery 1, MDWF12003 Midwifery Practice 1, and MDWF12007 Professional Midwifery Practice: Legal and Ethical Frameworks

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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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. Case Study 50%
2. Report 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 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 24.14% 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
I enjoyed the way Tanya kept the content applicable to midwifery. This made the research subject more bearable and interesting.
To continue to ensure that the content is applicable to midwifery.
Action Taken
The unit content was related to contemporary midwifery practice.
Source: SUTE Feedback
The assessment pieces for this unit were relevant to practical learning.
To continue to ensure that the assessment tasks for the unit are relevant to practical learning.
Action Taken
The use of case studies ensured that the unit assessment tasks were relevant to practical learning.
Source: Student email
I've enjoyed the unit and finally understand some of the more confusing research terms.
To continue to provide simple explanations of some of the more complex research terms in the unit learning materials.
Action Taken
Simple explanations of the more complex research terms were provided throughout the unit.
Source: SUTE Feedback
I quite enjoyed this course. I just feel that the requirements of clinical placement and my work hours impeded on my ability to actually focus on preparing for the assignments.
Students will be encouraged to start preparing their assessment tasks earlier in the unit. The assessment Zoom sessions will be held earlier in the term to allow for this.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Feedback
I found reaching 2'500 word limits very challenging and would suggest a reduction in word count.
Due to the 50% weighting of the two assessment tasks a word count of 2500 was deemed appropriate. For the next offering, additional complexity will be added to the case study options enabling further exploration.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Teacher Evaluation for MDWF12004
Tanya is awesome. Very empathetic and caring nature that shines through and makes learning enjoyable. Thanks Tanya.
To continue to ensure that the students feel well supported during the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the types of evidence that inform current safe, quality midwifery practice
  2. Critically analyse current evidence for translation into midwifery practice
  3. Evaluate the relevance of current research to inform ethical decision making in midwifery practice
  4. Analyse and critique current policy relevant to midwifery practice.

The draft Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Standards (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 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.

NMBA Code of Conduct for Midwives (2018).

Principle 2: Woman-centred practice.

Principle 6: Research in health.

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

Practice of midwifery.

The professional responsibilities of Midwives.

Advancement of midwifery knowledge and practice.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2017).

Communicating for Safety.

Clinical Governance Standard.

Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard.

Medication Safety Standard.

Comprehensive Care Standard.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Case Study
2 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Case Study
2 - Report