Course Outline

HLT206 Neonatal and Infant Health

Course Coordinator:Elaine Jefford ( School:School of Health - Midwifery

2023Session 4


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This will course provides the theoretical underpinnings of neonatal and infant health and will address the specific needs of neonates. The course considers the transition of the neonate to the extrauterine environment, neonatal assessment and care of infants with complex needs. Principles of developmentally focussed family-centred care are applied throughout. This course will enable you to critically evaluate and apply current clinical research to the unique care needs of neonates and infants.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials and options for lecturer and peer to peer collaborations, and lecturer and peer zoom drop ins. 5hrs Week 1 8 times

Course Topics

Neonatal nursing: an Australian perspective. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander considerations. 

Neonatal assessment: Pre-natal environment, growth and development. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander considerations.

Physiologic monitoring and thermoregulation.

Family-centred and developmentally focused care in the neonatal unit.

Neonatal conditions requiring admission and care in the neonatal unit.

Nutritional and metabolic care of the neonate.

Neonatal skin care and pain and pain management.

Legal and ethical issues in the neonatal unit and discharge planning.

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

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 Discuss factors contributing to normal and altered transition from foetus to neonate. Knowledgeable
1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 3.3, 4.1, 6.2
2 Describe the role of the midwife/nurse in fostering a family centred approach to neonatal care and facilitating emotional and physical closeness in the infant-parent dyad. Creative and critical thinker
1.3, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 4.1
3 Describe nutritional and feeding strategies in the management of neonates including the relationship to developmental outcomes. Knowledgeable
1.1, 2.1
4 Analyse and apply evidence-based knowledge regarding neonatal and infant care to midwifery/nursing practice. Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 3.2, 3.7, 5.1
5 Communicate and collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary teams to facilitate safe and appropriate care for women and their infants. Engaged
1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.7, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2, 5.3, 6.2, 6.3
6 Application of the principles and practices of academic writing and referencing. Ethical
1.2, 1.6

* Competencies by Professional Body

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1.1 The midwife identifies what is important to women as the foundation for using evidence to promote informed decision-making, participation in care, and self-determination
1.2 The midwife accesses, analyses, and uses the best available evidence, that includes research findings, for safe, quality midwifery practice
1.3 The midwife uses health assessment and health education to support birth and reproductive health, and minimise the potential for complications
1.5 The midwife supports access to maternity care for the woman
1.6 The midwife supports the development, implementation and evaluation of evidenced-based health initiatives and programs
1.7 The midwife identifies and promotes the role of midwifery practice and the midwifery profession in influencing better health outcomes for women
2.1 The midwife supports the choices of the woman, with respect for families and communities in relation to maternity care
2.2 The midwife partners with women to strengthen women’s capabilities and confidence to care for themselves and their families
2.3 The midwife practises ethically, with respect for dignity, privacy, confidentiality, equity and justice
2.4 The midwife practises without the discrimination that may be associated with race, age, disability, sexuality, gender identity, relationship status, power relations and/or social disadvantage
2.5 The midwife practises cultural safety that is holistic, free of bias and exposes racism
2.6 The midwife practises in a way that respects that family and community underpin the health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
2.7 The midwife develops, maintains and concludes professional relationships in a way that differentiates the boundaries between professional and personal relationships
2.8 The midwife participates in and/or leads collaborative practice
3.1 The midwife understands their scope of practice
3.2 The midwife practises within relevant legal parameters and professional standards, codes and guidelines
3.3 The midwife participates in own continuing professional development to maintain the required knowledge and skill base for safe and effective practice
3.5 The midwife engages in timely consultation, referral and documentation
3.7 The midwife recognises and responds appropriately where safe and quality practice may be compromised
4.1 The midwife works in partnership to determine factors that affect, or potentially affect, the health and wellbeing of women, communities and populations
4.3 The midwife analyses information and data and communicates assessments and anticipated outcomes as the basis for midwifery practice
4.4 The midwife assesses the resources that are available to inform planning
5.1 The midwife interprets assessment data and best available evidence to develop a plan for practice
5.2 The midwife collaboratively develops plans until options, priorities, goals, actions, anticipated outcomes and timeframes are agreed with the woman, and/or relevant others
5.3 The midwife co-ordinates resources effectively and efficiently for planned actions
6.2 The midwife practises to achieve the agreed goals and anticipated outcomes that meet the needs of the woman
6.3 The midwife is responsible for consultation and referral and/ or escalation in situations that are outside the individual’s scope of practice

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

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


NUR117 or HLT132 and enrolled in Program SC391, 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 the learning materials there are quizzes that are embedded in the content that allow you to understand your comprehension of key concepts. As you engage with them you will receive feedback that will prepare you for each assessment. 

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 Plan Individual 15%
750 words
Week 3 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Case Study Individual 45%
2,000 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Written Piece Individual 40%
1,600 words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Plan
Construct a coherent plan to address the chosen case study for Task 2 using template provided.
Product: Plan
Individual 750 words. You will use the current APA referencing style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Discussion of the factors contributing to the altered transition from fetus to neonate in the chosen scenario.
Discuss the pathophysiology related to the complex neonatal condition.
Description of the planned process for sourcing the relevant evidence for the literature review in Task 2.
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline.
Ethical use of intellectual property
All - Assessment Task 2:Case Study
Explain the pathophysiology of a complex neonatal condition from a scenario provided, develop a plan of care for this, as well as undertake a literature review for one aspect of care.
Product: Case Study
Individual 2,000 words. You will use the current APA referencing style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Discussion of the strategies the midwife/nurse can employ and advocate for in the neonatal unit to promote emotional and physical closeness in the infant-parent dyad.
Establish and discuss relevant evidence-based practice in relation to the chosen aspect of care.
Examine the significance of collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach to care of the neonate with a complex condition.
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline.
Ethical use of intellectual property.
All - Assessment Task 3:Written Piece/Workbook
The goal of this assessment is to demonstrate your understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of neonatal and infant health care and the specific needs of neonates.
Product: Written Piece
Individual 1,600 words. You will use the current APA referencing style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate your knowledge of common neonatal conditions and the care required in the Neonatal Unit.
Provide justification for nutritional and feeding strategies in the management of the preterm neonate informed by the literature and relevant guiding policies and protocols.
Articulates and identifies the role of the midwife/nurse in response to specific scenarios.
Examine the significance of collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach to care.
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline.
Ethical use of intellectual property.

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. 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 Victoria Kain,Trudi Mannix 2019 Neonatal Nursing in Australia and New Zealand n/a Mosby Limited

Specific requirements

Not applicable

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 will be penalised at the following maximum rate (the rates are cumulative):

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 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 and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.


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