Course Outline

HLT131 Practice Principles for Midwifery and Nursing

Course Coordinator:Holly Meyer ( School:School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


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.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
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

Course Topics

Professional Foundations

Historical influences locally and globally 

Legislation, registration and regulation

Professional and ethical practice

Promoting and protecting women’s wellness and health outcomes 

Communication – Personal and social

Communication – Interpersonal and interprofessional communication

Reflective Practice Connect Program

Safe Medication administration

Infection control Standard precautions

Maternal and Neonatal observations

Postnatal care mother

Supporting the woman to feed her baby

Care of the neonate






What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

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
2, 3
3 Critically self-appraise practice through the use of a reflective model. Creative and critical thinker
4 Demonstrate appropriate preparation for clinical placement. Empowered
1, 3

* Competencies by Professional Body

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

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC393


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In week 4 students will complete Task 1 which will provide early feedback on their progress within the course. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 15%
1 hour
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Case Study Individual 40%
1,000 words
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
All 3b Written Piece Individual 20%
750 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Quizzes
Revise key concepts introduced in the first 4 weeks
Product: Quiz/zes
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.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate foundational knowledge and understanding of the NMBA professional guidelines and practice standards
Understand the frameworks that underpin midwifery practice
2 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Case study
Apply foundational midwifery knowledge to a case study
Product: 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.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Interpret and use evidence as a basis to inform clinical practice
2 4
Demonstrate an understanding of the midwife’s role in promoting and protecting women’s wellness and health outcomes
1 2 4
Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of effective interpersonal communication skills
1 2 3
Apply professional, ethical and legal codes to midwifery care
Use relevant literature and critically analyse literature
2 3
Demonstrate appropriate written expression (academic writing, terminology, referencing, etc
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.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Reflect on foundational knowledge of assessment and patient safety in clinical practice.
1 2 3
Evidence of beginning psychomotor skills and accurate documentation practices.
1 2 4
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.
Product: Written Piece
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.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Evidence of self-assessment and reflection of interpersonal communication skills and clinical psychomotor skills.
Demonstration of knowledge of interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills
1 4
Reflection on the correct mechanism of clinical skills, detailing the necessity for correct implementation of clinical skill procedures.
1 2 3 4
Cohesion and structure in written communication following the reflective essay structure
Sources and evidence appropriately used – according to the referencing style used by USC including citation in the essay and a reference list

Directed study hours

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.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

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.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
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

Specific requirements

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

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

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.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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