MDWF13001 - Cultural and Psychosocial Diversity in Midwifery

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit examines the influences of cultural and psychosocial diversity in relation to midwifery practice. In particular a focus will be on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, health, wellness and culture and the influence of these on their childbearing continuum. You will also explore the psychosocial factors which may impact on the childbearing woman and her family including perinatal mental health, domestic violence and substance use. The role of the midwife in referring woman to appropriate support services will be examined.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-req

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 1 - 2020

Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 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. 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

Term 3 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.81% 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 evaluation via Moodle
Feedback
Assessment work could be marked and returned to students quicker. I feel this would enhance our learning.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will ensure the return of assessments complies with the time frame, as stated in the Unit guide
Action Taken
The unit coordinator was a new casual staff member who attempted to grade assessments and return them within the specified time frame.
Source: Unit evaluation via Moodle
Feedback
this unit really opened my eyes to the many diverse needs of mothers in my care and how best I can support them through their journey. having the input from other students through the discussion boards enabled me to see how other areas manage the care for some of these women, and it was gratifying to know that our small unit appears to care for women with diverse needs well.
Recommendation
The Online Group discussions in this Unit are a highly beneficial for student learning, networking and student to student support. The Online Group discussions will continue to be offered as part of this Unit assessment
Action Taken
Online discussions have continued to be incorporated into the unit during term 3.
Source: Unit evaluation via Moodle
Feedback
As it has been recognised by the tutors, this semester challenged time management for completing assessment tasks due to the mandatory university breaks.
Recommendation
The Central Queensland University Midwifery team acknowledge and have discussed this issue. This will be further discussed when this course comes up for Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) review in 2021
Action Taken
All unit assessment due dates across term 3 2019 were reconfigured to ensure equal spacing for every assessment item in all units.
Source: Unit evaluation via Moodle
Feedback
I really enjoyed this unit. I liked all aspects of the assessment process
Recommendation
Positive feedback reinforces students are learning and can apply their knowledge to practice, while assessments meet ANMAC requirements. The structure of this Unit will continue until reviewed by ANMAC in 2021
Action Taken
Continue to provide support and assistance to the students that meet their learning requirements
Source: Unit evaluation via Moodle
Feedback
A very positive Course CoOrdinator. Meredith's kindness and knowledge shone through her dealings with us as students. She certainly showed her wealth of midwifery knowledge in this course
Recommendation
Course coordinators to continue to be available to discuss student concerns, and answer their questions in a timely manner. Unit Coordinators continue to be clinically up to date with current Midwifery practice.
Action Taken
Continue to provide support and assistance to the students that meet their learning requirements
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
This is a relatively interesting topic and it really highlights areas where maternity care needs to improve. I enjoyed learning about different cultures in midwifery especially how indigenous women and families birth
Recommendation
Continue to provide relevant information, teaching resources and assessment items. Continue to provide relevant and pertinent information that aligns with evidence-based midwifery practice and current clinical standards.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The assignments possibly need to be explained a bit better. In one assignment, task 1 and 2 almost seemed similar and I received minimal response and support when I asked for these to be explained further.
Recommendation
Improve assessment tasks and rubrics, ensure all relevant information on the Moodle page is opened in advance for students to access this in a timely manner. Improve promptness and responses and appropriateness of responses to student inquiries.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
I think the assessments need to be more clear, the feedback and the assessment criteria did not match and were not clear in the explanations. I also found that the weekly tutorials were not helpful in the final assessment and I also found that having a subject such as domestic violence very difficult for a final assessment in the semester
Recommendation
In the future, it will be imperative to have unit coordinators write their own assessments. All relevant teaching material, weekly content and resources will be opened in Moodle to ensure students have access to information they require for completing assessment items.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explore the cultural and psychosocial diversity in relation to midwifery practice.
  2. Discuss the provision of culturally appropriate midwifery care with a specific focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  3. Explore the psychosocial factors which may impact on the childbearing woman and her family including perinatal mental health, domestic violence and substance use.
  4. Explore the midwive's role in providing support services to woman from culturally and socially diverse backgrounds.

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
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
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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