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MID8077 Researching Practice

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Jill Scanlan
Moderator: Lyn Forrest


Pre-requisite: MID8001 and MID8070 and MID8073 and MID8074 and MID8075 and MID8076 and be enrolled in Program: MMID


The professional competence of a midwife is demonstrated through reflection on practice, self-appraisal peer evaluation and assessment of the ANMC National Competency Standards for midwives. Midwives have knowledge of how to manage standards of their own practice and undertake a variety of evaluation processes to support ongoing suitability for registration as a midwife.


Using Page's five steps students will undertake a process of evaluation of their role as lead professional midwife for the continuity of care for eight women. Students will compile a portfolio of evidence in relation to the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife. The student will also complete all the clinical assessments required of them as part of their Professional Placement Experience. The student's observed competency in the designated clinical skills will be documented and submitted by way of their personal Professional Practice Portfolio. Students will have their midwifery practice observed over the semester by an experienced midwife to ensure that they are able to objectively meet the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.
On successful completion of this course they will be eligible to apply to the Australian Health Practitioners' Regulation Authority: Nursing and Midwifery Board for midwifery registration.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Develop and critically evaluate and develop own practice as an autonomous midwife through self appraisal of their own of midwifery practice using the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife and provide written and verified evidence that all 14 competencies are now met;
  2. Undergo an objective appraisal of their clinical practice by an experienced registered midwife preceptor who provides written evidence that their practice meets the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife;
  3. Demonstrate with written evidence that they have competently met the clinical skills and practice requirements as identified in the Professional Practice Portfolio;
  4. Seek and obtain objective feedback from women who have received continuity of care from the student across the childbirth continuum;
  5. Using the feedback and data collated from continuity of care experiences, evaluate and reflect the different ways in which continuity of care can contribute to quality woman centred care;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Practice evaluation of continuity of care a primary provider ? professional midwifery standards for practice evaluation;- recording, reflecting on practice; scholarly inquiry concerning problematic issues in practice; clinical practice evaluation tool development; planned change to practice (draws upon all courses). 50.00
2. Complete Clinical Experience - finalise Portfolio and carry out expert and self assessment of clinical practice. 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Community or Industry Placement 4.00
Directed Study 10.00
Professional Experience 96.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
EVALUATIVE REPORT: 2000 WORD 60 30 30 Mar 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must complete clinical placement to satisfy the clinical objectives of this course. The clinical requirement in this course contributes to the minimum requirement of the program of 800 hours clinical placement which must be carried out over three semesters. Clinical experience includes both paid clinical practice and a small degree of unpaid supernumerary clinical practice. During clinical placement students must follow hospital policy and procedure and maintain safe, professional practice as outlined by nursing and midwifery professional bodies practice guidelines.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item: a)Be the midwife and b)Seminar presentation and must obtain 100% for each assessment item: a) Professional Practice Portfolio and b) Professional Practice (completion of all mandatory experiences).

    To be assured of a pass in the Professional Practice component, students must provide verification that they have undertaken all the placements and key clinical skills and 'achieved competency', as measured by the ANMC Competency Based Assessment Tools, in all the designated areas of the 'Professional Practice Portfolio'. The student will then be awarded 1 mark for this assessment item. Otherwise 0 marks will be awarded and the student will not pass the course. To pass the Professional Practice Portfolio, the student must demonstrate 'competency' of midwifery practice by providing an ANMC Competency Portfolio, consisting of clinical scenarios, validated by clients and registered midwives, and other relevant evidence to support the claim that their practice meets at least one cue of each element in every ANMC Competency. During professional placement, students must follow hospital policy and procedure and maintain safe, professional practice as outlined by nursing and midwifery professional bodies practice guidelines.

    To be assured of a pass in the observational assessment, students must demonstrate that they meet the ANMC competencies. ANMC competency is determined through the observational assessment of the student's midwifery practice by a trained competency assessor (registered midwife) at the partner hospitals. The assessor verifies that a student's practice is competent by signing a statement that the student is able to demonstrate that he/she meets each and every ANMC competency as outlined on the ANMC Competency Evaluation Tool.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit all of the assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item a)Be the midwife and b)Seminar presentation and must obtain 100% for each assessment item: a) Professional Practice Portfolio and b) Professional Practice (completion of all mandatory experiences).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must dispatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the dispatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made.

  3. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media, unless EASE has been set for specific assessment items.

  5. Assessment Item 1 - Evaluation report must be submitted by electronic submission using EASE . Refer to your Course Study Guide and course website on Study Desk for submission details. Times and dates refer to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

  6. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  8. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

  9. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in this course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  10. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to USQConnect for this course.

Evaluation and benchmarking

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. Clinical milieu data will be extrapolated to maintain Clinical contractual arrangements with appropriate and supportive clinical agencies. It is expected that all students undertaking this course will complete the online student evaluation.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The USQ library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system.