MDWF12005 - Foundations of Midwifery 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will build on your knowledge acquired throughout the course and demonstrate higher-level learning to identify complex factors that may present during the childbearing continuum. This unit will provide the theory to understand the complex factors that may impact on the childbearing continuum and the care required utilising the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'.


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


MDWF12004 Critical Inquiry and Midwifery Practice

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 - 2023

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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. 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 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
The best aspect of the unit is having sufficient contact with all of the lecturers. This has provided me with a supportive learning environment and they are always willing to help!
To continue to ensure that students have ease of access to the academic team.
Action Taken
It was ensured that the students had easy access to the academic team when required.
Source: SUTE Feedback
I enjoyed the content. It is useful and has helped me to apply the theory to practice.
To continue to ensure the unit contents are strongly relevant to practice.
Action Taken
The unit content was strongly relevant to clinical midwifery practice.
Source: SUTE Feedback
The information is always presented in a way to help our learning.
To continue to ensure that the content is always presented in a clear way to aim student learning.
Action Taken
The content was clearly presented to aid student learning.
Source: SUTE Feedback
I felt the rubric for assessment 1 didn't align with what was expected as such for e.g. pathophysiology. However, this was explained in the video for the assignment.
To ensure in the future that the rubric aligns with the task expectations.
Action Taken
It was ensured that the rubric content aligned with the assessment task expectations.
Source: SUTE Feedback
Sometimes the videos used are older and talk about assessments/events that haven't occurred in this cohort
All lectures will be updated for the 2023 offering.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Feedback
I found it really difficult to do the online exam because I could not write down notes to prepare my answers. I feel that if I could do that, I would be able to provide more logical answers, as speaking of any type is not my forte.
The oral exam is part of the course structure which was externally accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) in 2021. In the future, students will be provided with additional support to prepare for and practice the oral viva assessment.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Feedback.
2,500 world limits I find hard to achieve. Could be more successful in reducing the word count a little.
Due to the 50% weighting of the two assessment tasks for this unit, a word count of 2500 was deemed appropriate. For future offerings, additional complexity will be added to each of the assessment one case study options, enabling further exploration.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret the complex factors that may present during the childbearing continuum and their impact on the woman, neonate and family
  2. Analyse the care required for a woman experiencing complexity within the childbearing continuum
  3. Apply the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral' to the management of maternity 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 practice.

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.

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.

Blood management Standard.

Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration 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