NURS13128 - Nursing care for children and their families
Term 2 - 2017

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Infants, children and adolescents are a unique group of individuals who have ever-changing, complex needs different to those of the adult person. This unit will expose you to the theories of child development, the fundamental rights and needs of the child and their families. Assessment and communication skills necessary to care for the child and their families in a range of settings will be explored. You will also review concepts of safety, health promotion and legal and ethical issues in relation to nursing children and their families.


Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


Students must have completed 96 credit points and NURS12158 Clinical Nursing Practice 3 or NURS13126 Critical Care Nursing

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).


Term 2 - 2017
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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. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%

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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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Overall positive comments on lecturer responses to students and unit materials for study. Student feedback Continue with broad format of the unit and revise/update study materials for 2017.
The assessment tasks need to be reviewed as students report having difficulty understanding what was required in assessment tasks. Student feedback Revise assessment tasks and seek peer review to ensure the assessment tasks are clearly defined. The word limits for each task will also be reviewed.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Utilise evidence-based practice principles to compare the unique biopsychosocial stages of child development and the impact these have on children and their families
  2. Examine legal, ethical and socio-cultural trends and their effect upon the provision of safe collaborative nursing care to children and their families.
  3. Discuss cultural awareness principles and family centred care as applied to the nursing care of children and families.
  4. Evaluate health promotion strategies at a local, national and international level relevant to the health and wellness of children and their families.

The learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Standards for registered nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and 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
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 - Presentation and Written Assessment

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