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MID2102 Foundations for Midwifery Practice

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Foundations for Midwifery Prac
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060303 - Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Cheryl-Anne Murphy


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BMID
Co-requisite: MID2199


This course will enable the student to develop foundational knowledge of pre-conceptive health and physiological adaptation to pregnancy. Additionally, this course will enable the student to develop professional judgement, skills and knowledge in assessment and care of antenatal, labouring and postnatal women. Students will develop and expand their understanding of the adjustments that occur for women and babies throughout birthing and the postpartum period and transitions that may occur to individuals and families.


This course aims to provide the student with foundational knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of maternal, fetal and placental development in conjunction with the changes to the reproductive system. Content will assist students to recognise and understand subsequent maternal adjustments to pregnancy, preparation for labour and birth, breastfeeding and the immediate postpartum period. Additionally, this course aims to provide the student with knowledge to develop effective and competent care to assess women during the antenatal period, with a significant focus on normal physiological labour and birth care and care during the postnatal period. There will be an introduction to content associated with the neonate such as examination of the newborn, infant feeding, and provide a foundation prior to and in association with undertaking a midwifery placement. This course contains two mandatory residential schools.


On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Conduct family health interviews and assessments that integrate knowledge of the psychological, physical, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of childbearing;
  2. Explain the reproductive processes of conception and pregnancy, including assisted reproduction;
  3. Discuss normal fetal growth and development, including the principles of genetics and embryology;
  4. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of maternal physiological changes during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal periods during history taking and physical assessment;
  5. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of fetal/newborn physiology during the antenatal, intrapartum and immediate postnatal period including breastfeeding;
  6. Apply critical reasoning to analyse maternal and fetal/newborn findings to promote healthy outcomes;
  7. Engage in collaborative relationships with members of the childbearing family to strengthen resources to provide education and care across the childbearing continuum.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Human anatomy and reproduction 10.00
2. Pregnancy 20.00
3. Antenatal care and assessment 20.00
4. Intrapartum care 20.00
5. Neonatal 20.00
6. Postnatal care of mother and baby 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Australian College of Midwives (ACM) 2013, National midwifery guidelines for consultation and referral, 3rd edn, ACM, Sydney, NSW.
Coad, J & Dunstall, M 2011, Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives, 3rd edn, Elsevier, Edinburgh.
Leap, N. & Hunter, B 2016, Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: A thoughtful guide, Routledge, Oxon.
Pairman, S, Pincombe, J, Thorogood, C & Tracy, S 2019, Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
Simkin., P Hanson., L. & Ancheta., R 2017, The Labour Progress Handbook Early Interventions to prevent and treat Dystocia, 4th edn, Wiley Blackwell, New Jersey.
Walsh, D 2012, Evidence and skills for normal labour and birth: A guide for midwives, Routledge, London.
De-Vitry Smith, S. Bayes, S. (2019), Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition. Sydney; Elsevier.

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.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia. (2006). National competency standards for the midwife. NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), (2018). Code of Conduct, Australia; NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), (2018). ICM Code of Ethics, Australia; NMBA.
Queensland Government. (, 2016). Queensland Clinical Guidelines: Translating evidence into best clinical practice. Brisbane; Queensland.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Directed Study 46.00
Group Work 11.00
Online Lectures 10.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Residential Schools 48.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Res School Attend & Particip 1 1 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Written Assignment 30 30 20 May 2019
Online Group Work 19 19 22 May 2019 (see note 2)
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S1 (see Examination notes below)

  1. The dates and location of the two mandatory residential schools are available from the Residential School Timetable (
  2. Students will prepare, contribute and actively participate in 8 online discussion forums during 8 tutorial classes. Students will need computer compatibility to use Zoom software and have video and audio enabled.

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam Part A (Multi Choice) 20 20 (see exam note 1)
Exam Part B (Short Answer) 30 30 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a closed examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is two hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
  2. This will be a closed exam. Total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released. Students need to choose their exam centre via UConnect.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the two mandatory residential schools. It is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the Residential School attendance and participation students must attend 100% of the two Residential Schools and achieve 100% (mark 1 out of 1) for this item.. To satisfactorily complete all other assessment items a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must attempt all assessment items and must attend and receive a mark of 1 for the Residential School attendance and participation and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

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

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. As part of the two mandatory residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

  3. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) and is benchmarked against the
  • internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  • professional accreditation standards of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC).
  • comparative activities and performance of Bachelor of Nursing and the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC).

Other requirements

  1. This course has two separate mandatory residential schools. The first mandatory residential school is generally held in the week prior to Semester 1 commencement (3 day block) and the second mandatory residential school (3 day block) is held in week 12, 13 or 15 (refer to timetable).

  2. The dates and location of the two mandatory residential schools are available from the Residential School Timetable