This course introduces you to the discipline of midwifery. You will explore the origins and foundations of the discipline and significant milestones that have shaped the way registered professionals practice in each discipline today. You will examine the theoretical, professional, legal and ethical frameworks that underpin practice. You will participate in experiential learning related to principles of practice and how you use these in beginning practice in communication, collaboration, clinical decision making and preliminary healthcare assessment.
|Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching recording.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial.||2hrs||Week 1||8 times|
|Laboratory 1 – On campus laboratory.||2hrs||Week 9||5 times|
Historical influences locally and globally
Legislation, registration and regulation
Professional and ethical practice
Communication – Personal and social
Communication – Interpersonal and interprofessional communication
Reflective Practice Connect Program
Safe Medication administration
Infection control Standard precautions
Maternal and Neonatal observations
100 Level (Introductory)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia|
|1||Demonstrate a range of practices necessary for beginning clinical placement.||Empowered||
3, 4, 5
|2||Apply professional, ethical and legal codes and standards to practice.||Ethical||
|3||Critically self-appraise practice through the use of a reflective model.||Creative and critical thinker||
|4||Demonstrate appropriate preparation for clinical placement.||Empowered||
|Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia|
|1||Standard 1: Promotes health and wellbeing through evidence-based midwifery practice|
|2||Standard 2: Engages in professional relationships and respectful partnerships|
|3||Standard 3: Demonstrates the capability and accountability for midwifery practice|
|4||Standard 4: Undertakes comprehensive assessments|
|5||Standard 5: Develops a plan for midwifery practice|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Enrolled in Program SC393
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
In week 4 students will complete Task 1 which will provide early feedback on their progress within the course.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 4||Online Test (Quiz)|
|Week 8||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3a||Practical / Laboratory Skills||Individual||25%||
You will complete your chosen clinical skills in collaboration with your peer assessor within the laboratory class in week 12. 25min time limit.
|Week 12||In Class|
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Quizzes|
Revise key concepts introduced in the first 4 weeks
You will complete a timed online quiz via Canvas. The quiz will be open for 24 hours on the Friday of Week 4. You will enter the quiz area for a maximum of 1 hour and answer multiple choice and short answer questions. The questions will be based on key concepts introduced in weeks 1-4 of the course.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Case study|
Apply foundational midwifery knowledge to a case study
You will choose one case study from several options provided to you on Canvas. You will write an assignment using a critical thinking conceptual model to explore your case study. Further information will be provided via Canvas and by your tutor.
|All - Assessment Task 3a:Practical / Laboratory Skills|
Implement clinical practices, peer appraisal and reflection
|Product:||Practical / Laboratory Skills|
In Week 12 laboratory session you will be required to complete a peer reviewed assessment activity. This task will introduce you to the beginning practices of giving and receiving peer-based feedback on your developing clinical and assessment skills, applying documentation and assessment practices and reflecting on your developing practice. This assessment will be submitted in your Week 12 laboratory class.
|All - Assessment Task 3b:Written piece|
The purpose of this task is to demonstrate your development of clinical skills and ability to become a reflective practitioner.
In week 12 during your laboratory session you will be provided with peer feedback on your clinical assessment skills. You will write a 750 word reflection, according to the structure of a Reflective Cycle, which will incorporate self-reflection and the use of relevant literature. This task builds on formative work throughout the semester. The word count does not include your in-text referencing or reference list. Further details will be available on the HLT131 Canvas site.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Sara Bayes,Sally-Ann de-Vitry Smith,Robyn Maude||2018||Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition||n/a||Elsevier Health Sciences|
|Required||Sally Pairman,Sally K. Tracy,Hannah Dahlen,Lesley Dixon||2018||Midwifery||4th edn||Elsevier|
|Required||Nicky Leap,Billie Hunter||2016||Supporting Women for Labour and Birth||n/a||Routledge|
Students are advised that if the laboratory session has any formal assessment item(s) associated with it, these must be completed even if you have an acceptable reason for non-attendance of that class. It is the student’s responsibility to seek out the course coordinator, at their earliest convenience, to ascertain how they will meet the learning objectives. Failure to satisfactorily complete the tutorial/laboratory work and any associated assessment items may severely impede your chances of meeting the learning outcomes of this course. You will need to wear closed shoes that comply with the USC Health and Safety Policies to any clinical practice laboratory sessions. Your clinical placement may have specific requirements, and information will be provided during your placement orientation. USC uniform as outlined on Canvas is to be worn on placement
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Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
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