MDWF12002 - Foundations of Midwifery 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces you to the normal processes of the pregnancy continuum and examines the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating these processes according to the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the philosophy of midwifery care emphasising the concepts of ‘with woman’, midwife-woman partnerships and continuity of care. This unit is to be studied in conjunction with the clinical unit Midwifery Practice 1.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-req

MDWF12001 Midwifery - Past and Present

MDWF12003 Midwifery Practice 1

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction, pregnancy, birth and lactation.
  2. Explain the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating normal processes of the childbearing continuum using the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'.
  3. Explore and apply current evidence associated with the provision of midwifery care.

NMBA domain and competencies

Domain – Legal and professional practice
o Competency 1 Functions in accordance with legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice.
o Competency 2 Accepts accountability and responsibility for own actions within midwifery practice.

Domain – Midwifery knowledge and practice
o Competency 3 Communicates information to facilitate decision making by the woman.
o Competency 4 Promotes safe and effective midwifery care.

Domain – Midwifery as primary health care
o Competency 7 Advocates to protect the rights of women, families and communities in relation to maternity care.
o Competency 8 Develops effective strategies to implement and support collaborative midwifery practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - 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  

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
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Myles Textbook for Midwives
Author/s: Marshall, J & Raynor, M Year: 2014
Edition: 16th Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
City: London
Country: England
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorTanya Capper (t.capper@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Human Reproduction and Conception

3,5

Week 2 13-03-2017

Fetal Growth and Development

6,7

Week 3 20-03-2017

Changes and Adaptions in Pregnancy

9,10

Week 4 27-03-2017

Antenatal Education, Screening and Assessment

8,11

Week 5 03-04-2017

Working with Women During the First Stage of Labour

16

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Working with Women During the Second Stage of Labour

17

Assessment One Due

Written Assessment Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Working with Women During the Third Stage of Labour

18

Week 8 01-05-2017

Care of the Mother and Baby Post Birth

23,25

Week 9 08-05-2017

Midwifery Care of the Newborn

28,29

Week 10 15-05-2017

Breastfeeding

34

Week 11 22-05-2017

Breastfeeding Initiation and Support

34

Week 12 29-05-2017

Role of the Midwife in Promoting Normal Processes

Revision

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

2500 word (+ or - 10%) Case Study

Objectives:

This assessment item relates to learning outcomes one (1), two (2), and three (3).

You must be able to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts learnt throughout this course. You are expected to use an academic approach to answer all components of this assessment. Using this approach, you a will need to demonstrate that you have researched the relevant issues present. You are required to read widely and analyse the information that you gather, ensuring that it is applicable, evidence-based and up-to-date.

Note: The following questions must be answered from the point-of-view of the midwife. Although at times medical interventions will be necessary, in this care you must clearly show where appropriate the midwife's role and responsibilities in the multidisciplinary management of this woman.

Assessment: Case Study

Lisa is a 26 year-old G2 P1 vegan woman who lives in a remote community. Lisa has had a previous post-partum haemorrhage of 500 mls following the normal birth of her now 2 year old daughter. Today is Lisa’s 36 week antenatal visit and you are reviewing her last haemoglobin level: Hb is 99 g/L. Lisa tells you that she has had iron deficiency anaemia previously but has been non-compliant with taking iron tablets due to changes in her bowel motions and has experienced mild constipation this pregnancy. Lisa also discloses that currently her diet consists solely of the fruits and vegetables that are available locally.

Consider the case study when answering the following questions. Ensure that you relate your answers to Lisa in the case study:

1. Critically review the importance of good dietary intake during pregnancy.

2. Discuss the benefits of iron supplementation, and examine the dietary advice you would give to Lisa regarding iron rich foods and how she can support normal bowel function.

3. Discuss the dietary advice you would give to Lisa in preparation for the postnatal period and breastfeeding.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

HD D C P F
Structure (15%)
Clear and succinct introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper. (5%) Clear and appropriate introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper Appropriate introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper Introduction is apparent and the topic is introduced but there is not clear direction to the paper No recognisable introduction-the topic is not introduced and/or there is no direction of the paper
Clear and succinct conclusion that outlines the main points and brings the argument to a logical close. (5%) Clear and appropriate conclusion that outlines the main points and brings the argument to a close Conclusion outlines most of the main points and brings some sense of closure Conclusion apparent and outlines most of the main points and endeavours to bring the argument to a close-there may be some incongruity No recognisable conclusion-little reference to the main points and no clear conclusion to the paper
Excellent presentation of assignment, double spaced with 12 point font. Consistently accurate with spelling, grammar and paragraph structure. (5%) Well-presented assignment, double spaced with 12 point font. 1 or 2 errors spelling, grammar and paragraph structure. Well-presented assignment, double spaced with 12 point font. 3 or 4 consistent errors with spelling, grammar and paragraph structure. Well-presented assignment, double spaced with 12 point font. 3 or 4 inconsistent errors with spelling, grammar and paragraph structure Poorly presented assignment. Double spacing not used. 12 point font not used. Many inaccuracies with spelling, grammar and paragraph structure. (> 5 errors).
Approach & Argument (75%)
Content is clearly relevant to the topic, the approach comprehensively answers the question and the argument proceeds logically and is within the set word limit. (10%) Content is relevant to the topic, the approach clearly answers the question and the argument proceeds logically and is within the set word limit Content is appropriate and answers the question and the argument for the most part proceeds logically and is within the set word limit Content answers the question the argument is at times repetitive or lacks cohesion and is within the set word limit with a 10% allowance (under or over the set limit) Content is irrelevant and or does not answer the question and the argument lacks cohesion. The word limit has not been adhered to, the word limit is well over or under the 10% allowance
An articulate and comprehensive critical review of the importance of good dietary intake during pregnancy. (20 %) Insightful and well-developed critical review of the importance of good dietary intake during pregnancy. A logical review that demonstrates a competent understanding of the importance of good dietary intake during pregnancy. A disjointed review that demonstrates a generalised or limited understanding of the importance of good dietary intake during pregnancy. . An inadequate review which demonstrates a poor understanding of the importance of good dietary intake during pregnancy.
Comprehensive critical discussion of the benefits of iron supplementation, and an examination of the dietary advice you would give to Lisa regarding iron rich foods and how she can support normal bowel function. (25%) Well-developed analysis and discussion of the benefits of iron supplementation, and an examination of the dietary advice you would give to Lisa regarding iron rich foods and how she can support normal bowel function. Broad discussion that explores the benefits of iron supplementation, and an examination of the dietary advice you would give to Lisa regarding iron rich foods and how she can support normal bowel function. Minimal analysis and disjointed discussion that explores the benefits of iron supplementation, and the dietary advice you would give to Lisa regarding iron rich foods and how she can support normal bowel function. Inadequate analysis and discussion (which at time is repetitive) that explores the benefits of iron supplementation, and the dietary advice you would give to Lisa regarding iron rich foods and how she can support normal bowel function.
Clear, coherent, and critical discussion of the dietary advice you would give to Lisa in preparation for the postnatal period and breastfeeding. (20%) A clear and relevant discussion of the dietary advice you would give to Lisa in preparation for the postnatal period and breastfeeding. A logical but broad discussion of the dietary advice you would give to Lisa in preparation for the postnatal period and breastfeeding. Satisfactory exploration that shows a limited discussion of the dietary advice you would give to Lisa in preparation for the postnatal period and breastfeeding. Poor understanding of the topic. Content does not discuss the dietary advice you would give to Lisa in preparation for the postnatal period and breastfeeding.
Referencing (10%)
Consistently integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. (5%) Generally integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 1 or 2 exceptions Frequently integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 3 or 4 exceptions Occasionally integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 5 or 6 exceptions Fails to or infrequent attempts (>7 errors) to integrate up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations
Consistently accurate with referencing. A minimum of 10 references used including 7 journal articles and relevant web-sites. (5%) 1 or 2 consistent referencing errors identified. A minimum of 10 references used including 6 journal articles and relevant web-sites. 3 or 4 consistent referencing errors identified. A minimum of 10 references used including 5 journal articles and relevant web-sites. 3 or 4 inconsistent referencing errors identified. A minimum of 10 references used including 4 journal articles and relevant web-sites. Many inaccuracies with referencing (>5). Less than 10 references used. Less than 4 journal articles not sourced. Relevant web-sites not included.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction, pregnancy, birth and lactation.

2. Explain the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating normal processes of the childbearing continuum using the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'.

3. Explore and apply current evidence associated with the provision of midwifery care.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction, pregnancy, birth and lactation.

2. Explain the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating normal processes of the childbearing continuum using the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'.

3. Explore and apply current evidence associated with the provision of midwifery care.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice


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