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 SCA 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 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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Term 2 - 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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.75% 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 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
Care was taken to ensure that all content included in the unit was interesting and easy to understand.
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
The content of the unit continued to include specific instructions on how to search, locate, and identify the literature to inform midwifery practice.
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
Zoom sessions continued to be offered to discuss each assessment task, and videos were provided to further inform more complex concepts such as those relating to quantitative research.
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
Assessment tasks were prepared that continued to relate to contemporary midwifery practice.
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
Care was taken to ensure that the unit content was easy to understand and applicable to practice.
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
It was ensured that all blog topics were very different from the larger written assessment tasks in order to avoid any overlap in content.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Feedback
One of the best aspects was the research knowledge I learned and how to find journal articles specific to my task.
Recommendation
To continue to provide resources that help students to identify, locate, and appraise journal articles.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Feedback
I enjoyed the written assessment tasks, the topic choices were relevant to my learning.
Recommendation
To continue to provide interesting and relevant assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Feedback
One of the best aspects was that the study guides and the easy explanation of research principles
Recommendation
To continue to provide weekly study guides that provide an easy to understand explanation of research principles.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Feedback
This is an area that I have never been fully confident in. This unit has helped me to expand my existing knowledge and feel that I have gained valuable skills in gathering information and not accepting literature at face value.
Recommendation
To continue to ensure the unit content and resources are appropriate and useful for students that are required to access and critique information for application to contemporary midwifery practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Feedback
This subject was a little bit dry and difficult to follow at times.
Recommendation
To check that the unit topics flow from one concept to the next in a coherent way to aid understanding.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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