|Semester 1, 2020 External|
|Short Description:||Foundations for Midwifery Prac|
|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: Danielle Gleeson
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BMID
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:
- Conduct family health interviews and assessments that integrate knowledge of the psychological, physical, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of childbearing;
- Explain the reproductive processes of conception and pregnancy, including assisted reproduction;
- Discuss normal fetal growth and development, including the principles of genetics and embryology;
- Demonstrate specialised knowledge of maternal physiological changes during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal periods during history taking and physical assessment;
- Demonstrate specialised knowledge of fetal/newborn physiology during the antenatal, intrapartum and immediate postnatal period including breastfeeding;
- Apply critical reasoning to analyse maternal and fetal/newborn findings to promote healthy outcomes;
- Engage in collaborative relationships with members of the childbearing family to strengthen resources to provide education and care across the childbearing continuum.
|1.||Human anatomy and reproduction||10.00|
|3.||Antenatal care and assessment||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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=01&subject1=MID2102)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(Publication release expected Dec 2019.)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|Res School Attend & Particip||1||1||25 Feb 2020||(see note 1)|
|Written Assignment||30||30||18 May 2020|
|Online Group Work||19||19||20 May 2020||(see note 2)|
|Online Exam||50||50||End S1||(see note 3)|
- The dates and location of the two mandatory residential schools are available from the Residential School Timetable (http://www.usq.edu.au/handbook/current/resschoolsched.html).
- Students will prepare, contribute and actively participate in 8 online discussion forums. Students will need computer compatibility to use Zoom software and have video and audio enabled.
- This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
Important assessment information
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.
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.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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.
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.
Requirements after S1 2020: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.
Requirements after S1 2020: Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).
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.
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 http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
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:
- conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
- 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).
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).
The dates and location of the two mandatory residential schools are available from the Residential School Timetable https://www.usq.edu.au/handbook/current/resschoolsched.html