Course Outline

HLT132 Comprehensive Assessment in Midwifery

Course Coordinator:Anna Robins ( School:School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

2022Session 4

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?


In this course you will be introduced to the frameworks, knowledge and clinical reasoning used in the health assessment of women and infants. You will investigate biophysical and social assessment knowledge and processes, across the lifespan in a diverse range of healthcare contexts in which midwives practice. You will learn how to apply primary health care principles to health assessment, including identifying needs and planning and documenting health assessment strategies.  You will undertake clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings (40 hours). 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop 2hrs Week 1 8 times
Placement – Five shifts completed within Primary Maternity Unit (PMU) 40hrs Refer to Format Once Only

Course Topics

Primary health care and health assessments

Frameworks for practice in midwifery

Antenatal care

Key antenatal assessments

Working in partnership and collaboration

Emotional/ psychosocial assessment and care of women

Care and assessment of women during labour and birth

Supporting women during labour and birth

Postnatal assessment and care of mother and baby

Postnatal health promotion

Concluding the midwife-mother relationship







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 Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate a satisfactory level of midwifery practice according to the national practice standards for registered midwives at a beginning student level. Ethical
2 Know and behave in accordance with Midwife Standards for Practice (NMBA 2018) and International Code of Ethics for Midwives (ICM 2014) and Code of Conduct for Midwives (NMBA 2018). Ethical
3 Complete the allocated practice hours and demonstrate progress in meeting the required ANMAC Midwifery Practice Experiences for the program. Ethical

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”.


HLT131 and enrolled in Program SC393. Semester 1 offering only for RN pathway students in SC393


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback will be provided by the clinical facilitator when completing the Progressive component of the Clinical Assessment Tool. This feedback includes assessment of your competency in all standards. The facilitator will discuss the deliberations with you and you will have the opportunity to provide comment on the tool during both the Progressive and Summative components.  

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Portfolio Individual
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Placement performance Individual
Refer to Format To Supervisor
All - Assessment Task 1:ANMAC Midwifery Practice Experience (MPE)
Evidence of progress towards your achievement of the requirements for ANMAC Midwife Accreditation Standard 8: Midwifery Practice Experience.
Product: Portfolio
Submit: Within 1 week after completion of clinical placement. 

Details regarding MPE evidence will be provided by the course coordinator on the course Canvas site.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
The recruitment of 1 woman for Continuity of Care experience (CONNECT)
MPE meets the requirements for ANMAC Midwife Accreditation Standard 8: Midwifery Practice Experience.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Clinical Assessment Tool
The purpose of this assessment is for you to demonstrate completion of allocated placement for this course and satisfactory competency based on the NMBA Midwife Standards for Practice at a beginning student level and as measured in the Clinical Assessment Tool.
Product: Placement performance
Submit: Completion of clinical placement.

The clinical facilitator will complete the Clinical Assessment Tool including assessment of your competency in all standards and completion of the required hours. The facilitator will discuss the deliberations with you and you will have the opportunity to provide comment on the tool. This will submitted to the course coordinator for final decision and outcome. Ultimate accountability for assessing students in relation to clinical practice (WIL) resides with the course coordinator and grades are finalised through the USC assessment policy and procedures. 

Please note: You will receive ongoing feedback as a formative and developmental process. A midway assessment will be completed. In addition, if you are not meeting satisfactory practice standards at any point of the placement, learning processes will be implemented to support you to attain the necessary behaviours to satisfactorily meet each standard. Unsatisfactory behaviours which put client safety at risk or which do not adhere with the Midwife Standards for Practice, Code of Conduct for Midwives and/or Code of Ethics for Midwives criteria and standards may result in your removal from placement. If you do not meet each standard at a satisfactory standard you will fail the item. Please refer to the clinical handbook for detail.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Practice behaviours as measured against the Midwife Standards for Practice and as detailed in the assessment tool
Evidence of adherence to the Code of Conduct for Midwives and the Code of Ethics for Midwives criteria and standards
Specific goals and plan for practice inclusive of all Midwife Standards for Practice
1 2 3

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 Sally Pairman,Sally K. Tracy,Hannah Dahlen,Lesley Dixon 2018 Midwifery 4th edn Elsevier
Required Sara Bayes,Sally-Ann de-Vitry Smith,Robyn Maude 2018 Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition 4th Elsevier Health Sciences
Required Nicky Leap,Billie Hunter 2016 Supporting Women for Labour and Birth 1st Routledge
Required Maria Pollard 2017 Evidence-based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers 2nd 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

Limited Graded Course:

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the USC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

You must contact your Course Coordinator and provide the required documentation if you require an extension or alternate assessment.


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  • Supplementary Assessment
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  • Deferred Examinations
  • Student Academic Misconduct
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