MDWF13005 - Transition to Autonomous Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This capstone unit will consolidate relevant knowledge and values acquired throughout the midwifery course thereby facilitating your transition to practicing as a midwife. You will evaluate the breadth and types of maternity services available and explore the role of the midwife in supporting a woman’s informed choice. You will also learn the importance of continual professional development, for your own professional development and for the care you will provide to women and their families. This unit is to be undertaken in conjunction with Midwifery Practice 4.

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-reqs

MDWF13006 Midwifery Practice 4

Pre-reqs

MDWF13002 Postnatal Health and Wellbeing

MDWF13003 Midwifery Practice 3

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 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.43% 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
Feedback
I enjoyed the fact that this subject helped link us to the actual job of midwifery. The transition is quite a daunting one from student to midwife but this subject gave us the avenues to pursue to achieve this. Thank you for all the support along the way too
Recommendation
To continue to provide appropriate questions for online discussions and to ensure the weekly study guides and power points provoke questions and continual learning
Action Taken
Appropriate questions for online discussions continued to be provided. The weekly study guides and power points continued to provoke questions and continual learning.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
I would have preferred the assessment tasks to be spread out from probably week 2 to allow more time on the harder assessments toward the end of terms.
Recommendation
Discuss with team, to ensure timing of assessments meets the learning needs of the students
Action Taken
Assessments due dates were discussed and agreed with the midwifery team to ensure the students were not overloaded.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
I enjoyed this unit and feel it has prepared me for my transition to autonomous midwifery practice which I am looking forward to. Meredith has provided us with a unit that is both interesting and informative.
Recommendation
To continue to provide weekly study guides, power points and assessment pieces that support learning throughout the unit.
Action Taken
Weekly study guides, powerpoints, and assessment tasks were developed and delivered to support student learning.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The way the moodle page displayed the discussion pieces make it difficult to read.
Recommendation
Discuss with team, to ensure interactive content is easier to locate and access
Action Taken
Students were shown at residential school how to locate the discussion forums.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Completing that assignment gave me enthusiasm and inspiration to continue my journey as a new midwife and help me realize what area of midwifery I want to work in.
Recommendation
To continue to ensure that assessment tasks promote reflective thinking that positively informs midwifery practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Great way to highlight issues surrounding midwifery fatigue and how to overcome them during practice
Recommendation
To continue to ensure that the unit covers the development of skills that assist with managing the challenges of day to day midwifery practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The weekly lectures did not contain any more information than the study guide as they were mostly just the study guide readout. I found it just as easier to only read through the study guides and not worry about the lectures as I wasn't learning anything new from them.
Recommendation
To ensure that one or two complex concepts are selected and covered in greater detail during lectures rather than the whole study guide content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the breadth and types of available maternity services .
  2. Appraise the role of the midwife in supporting woman’s informed choice.
  3. Articulate the key values associated with a commitment to ongoing professional midwifery development.

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 4: Undertakes comprehensive assessments.

Standard 5: Develops plans for midwifery practice.

Standard 6: Provides safe and quality midwifery practice.

Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to improve midwifery practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
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