MDWF13002 - Postnatal Health and Wellbeing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides the theory to understand the physiological needs of the mother and baby during the postnatal period. An emphasis will be placed on the psychosocial adaption of the mother and significant other in bonding with their newborn infant. It will consolidate the knowledge related to primary health care, specifically breast feeding and family planning. You will investigate current research relating to postnatal care. This unit is to be studied in conjunction with the clinical unit Midwifery Practice 3.

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

Co-req

MDWF13003 Midwifery Practice 3

Pre-req

MDWF12005 Foundations of Midwifery 2

MDWF12006 Midwifery Practice 2

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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Residential School No Residential School

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 22.73% 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
Overall a fantastic unit. Great support from the unit coordinator, always very forward in helping with any concerns where possible. Lecturer's enthusiasm was always a treat. Bridget is a fair marker and offers encouragement along my midwifery studies journey.
Recommendation
Continue to provide support and assistance to the students that meet their learning requirements.
Action Taken
Continue to provide support and assistance to the students that meet their learning requirements
Source: Student feedback. Unit evaluation.
Feedback
The assignment tasks were very relevant to the unit and helped me learn a lot about current issues within maternity care. This subject is really enjoyable as it links in greatly with my student days and the practical part of my learning.
Recommendation
Continue to provide relevant assessment items. Continue to provide relevant and pertinent information that aligns with evidence-based midwifery practice and current clinical standards.
Action Taken
Continue to provide relevant assessment items. Continue to provide relevant and pertinent information that aligns with evidence-based midwifery practice and current clinical standards.
Source: Student feedback. Unit evaluation.
Feedback
Many links in the study guides did not work. Sometimes it's difficult to find Meta page and certain links.
Recommendation
Recheck links throughout the term.
Action Taken
Recheck links throughout the term
Source: Student feedback. Unit evaluation.
Feedback
For me personally, I really struggled to fit in the 5 assignments this semester, with the university holidays and the fact that there wasn't an exam as one of the assessment pieces for this subject. Not sure if a short format exam could be incorporated, instead of the case study. Improve explanations of assignment tasks, the guides helped but could include more information about exact requirements. Also time frames for assignments, especially during the last few weeks of the term is very short which makes it very difficult to manage placement, family life and submit quality assignments
Recommendation
Reconfiguring of assessment items and reconsideration of due dates will be addressed for 2019.
Action Taken
The unit assessment due dates across term 3 2019 were reconfigured to ensure equal spacing for every assessment item in all units.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
I enjoyed learning about the topics provided for the weekly discussions. I personally found the content not very clear and kept getting both this subject and MDWF13002 confused. I would have preferred clear topics in the assessment as both the assessment criteria and feedback were not clear and did not make sense
Recommendation
A new midwifery team member undertook the unit coordination this term. In the future assessment marking moderation will be considered for all new staff undertaking the role of unit coordinator. All assessment items underwent the peer review process at CQU. New assessment items will be developed for the future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
I found the marking of these assignments to have great disparities with other course units. I often questioned if mediating between other faculty members occurred as for this course i received barely passes and other course assignments received distinctions consistently. This was the first course throughout the degree in which marks like this have been noted for myself and I know of other students who are in a similar position.
Recommendation
A new midwifery team member undertook the unit coordination this term. In the future moderation of marking will be considered for all new staff undertaking the role of unit coordinator.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explore the physiological needs of the mother and baby during the post natal period.
  2. Analyse the needs of the woman and her significant other during the postnatal period.
  3. Demonstrate primary health care principles in relation to breast feeding and family planning.
  4. Critique current research in the provision of postnatal midwifery care.

NMBA Midwife Standards for Practice

Standard 1: Promotes evidence-based maternal health and wellbeing.

Standard 2: Engages in respectful partnerships and professional relationships.

Standard 4: Undertakes comprehensive assessments.

Standard 5: Develops plans 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