MDWF12004 - Critical Inquiry and Midwifery Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Informed practice is fundamental to safe midwifery care. To achieve this, you require research skills and the ability to critique the research in order to provide the best care. This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse research for the purpose of enhancing your midwifery practice and critique current policy.

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

Pre-req

MDWF12001 Midwifery - Past and Present

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 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 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. Group Discussion 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
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

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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: Student feedback survey
Feedback
Use of multi-media, written study guides, + video clips
Recommendation
The resources provided in this unit will undergo a review for currency and relevance prior to the next offering of the unit.
Action Taken
The unit was restructured and all resources were redeveloped. Weekly lectures, videos, and resources were used to support the written study guides.
Source: Student feedback survey
Feedback
I find the online blogs, frustrating due to there being so much other study that is expected. It's more like an annoying inconvience [sic]
Recommendation
There were only 4 online contributions required for Assessment 1. The unit and course coordinator will review and may consider how these are spaced across the term, particularly with reference to other units and assessments.
Action Taken
As per the courses' ANMAC accreditation assessment one required the students to participate in 4 blogs. Care was taken to ensure that the blog topics were in a case study format to help ensure content was interesting and applicable to contemporary midwifery practice.
Source: Student feedback survey
Feedback
Given this was a research unit which is normally a very dry topic and one that is hard to remain motivated Adele did her best to bring some life to this topic
Recommendation
The unit content was deliberately put together in a way that attempted to engage students in research in a meaningful way. The content and how it is presented will be reviewed to ensure that it is relevant and interesting for students.
Action Taken
The unit was structured to encourage active participation by all students. This was achieved by encouraging students to not only post their own blog entries but also respond to another student's entries. Further to this, interactive Zoom sessions were held to encourage student/lecturer interaction.
Source: Student feedback survey
Feedback
"A difficult subject to cover and obviously hard to engage students in. It is not really my forte and some of the content was just simply boring. However, I do understand it's necessity and would expect a profession such as midwifery to be thoroughly guided by ethics, evidence and research. Thank you for attempting to engage our interest."
Recommendation
The unit content will be reviewed and consideration given to strategies to present it in a manner that clearly links to everyday practice.
Action Taken
Unit content continued to be developed and delivered in a way that is interesting and is applied to practice.
Source: Student feedback survey
Feedback
"Unfortunately I feel this subject does not require a whole semesters worth of learning, it could be incorporated into other subjects. While I know EBP and research is obviously essential to our practice and forms the basis of our knowledge and practice, this subject was too focused on 'research' as opposed to more relevance to Midwifery and therefore I did not find it had much benefit to me."
Recommendation
Although the content centred on midwifery research, the links to everyday midwifery practice will be enhanced and research in practice will be more prominent in the presentation.
Action Taken
Care was taken when developing the unit materials to ensure that all content related to midwifery practice.
Source: Student feedback survey
Feedback
"This course's content has already been covered in the bachelor of nursing, so to cover it again seems a waste for a specialised course such as midwifery. I am aware that being able to critically evaluate research is important, however I don't believe this needed to be an entire subject, it could have been covered in one or two modules, or one assignment, not the entire twelve weeks of the course. Overall I believe this course does not support my learning as a student midwife, especially in my day to day practice."
Recommendation
There are commonalities in research despite discipline. Further consideration will be given to differentiate the unit content from that covered in undergraduate or postgraduate nursing units that are a prerequisite to undertaking this course of study
Action Taken
The unit was restructured to ensure that each of the 12 weeks was used to explore in detail how that weeks particular topic was relevant to midwifery practice. Where possible applied examples were provided in the form of videos or external resources.
Source: Student feedback survey
Feedback
"I really liked writing the script as this related directly to my practice. The second assessment required a lot of in-depth research and evaluation of the evidence which was also helpful to practice."
Recommendation
The obvious links to clinical practice promote student enquiry and engagement. As such, unit content, activities and assessments will be reviewed to further facilitate students make these links.
Action Taken
A script format was used again to encourage students to actively think about how they would implement evidence-based practice into their everyday work as a midwife and apply this to their discussions with women.
Source: Student feedback survey
Feedback
"Adele gave thorough feedback" "Good feedback of weekly discussions"
Recommendation
Detailed and constructive feedback will be provided on all assessment pieces. Students may contact the unit coordinator for further discussions following feedback on their assessment pieces.
Action Taken
Detailed and constructive feedback was provided on all assessment tasks undertaken and the lecturer was available to provide further feedback if it was requested.
Source: Unit feedback.
Feedback
"The content was easy to understand and encouraged me to learn. Clear direction, well explained."
Recommendation
To continue to ensure that content is interesting and easy to understand.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit feedback.
Feedback
"Evidence-based research is paramount! Finding the evidence through research makes so much more sense now."
Recommendation
To continue to ensure that the unit continues to include specific instructions on how to search, locate and identify the literature to inform midwifery practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit feedback.
Feedback
"The assessments are very well explained. There are plenty of opportunities to clarify what is required. Tanya explains concepts very well and the youtube videos in the weekly study guides were very good for explaining things."
Recommendation
To continue to offer Zoom sessions to discuss assessment tasks, and to provide videos to further inform more complex concepts such as those relating to quantitative research.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit feedback.
Feedback
"Thoroughly enjoyed the assessments and Tanya was great! The assignments were interesting therefore easier to write!"
Recommendation
To continue to prepare interesting assessment tasks that relate to contemporary midwifery practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit feedback.
Feedback
"When previously taking on a research subject in a bachelor of nursing (not at Cqu) I have struggled to understand it. In this course, Tanya has made me grasp an understanding of research. thank you, Tanya."
Recommendation
To continue to ensure that the unit content is easy to understand and apply to practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit feedback.
Feedback
"One of the topics of discussion was very similar to the question of the written assessment. I felt like repeating the same thing and it was not motivated me at all."
Recommendation
To ensure that the blog topics are very different from the larger written assessment tasks in order to avoid any overlap in content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the concepts that underpin the types of evidence informing current midwifery practice.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to analyse current evidence for best practice in midwifery.
  3. Critique current policy relevant to midwifery practice.
  4. Recommend appropriate midwifery care informed by current research and ethical decision making.

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 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 4
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 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
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