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

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 3 - 2019 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.94% 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: Student feedback: Unit evaluation
Feedback
I thoroughly enjoyed the content in this unit. The postings were timed well and I found it easy to contribute. The Unit Coordinator was easily contactable with any questions and was always in touch. Good communication!
Recommendation
Continue to provide open and timely communication
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The introduction to Indigenous health was really helpful for practical experience. The discussion questions were relevant and a great way to learn.
Recommendation
Continue to provide relevant subject material and information
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The assignments were interesting to research
Recommendation
Continue to provide topical and interesting assessment items
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Some assignment timings could have been better throughout this unit and others.
Recommendation
Improve timing and spacing of assessment items across term 3
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