Course Outline

HLT312 Midwifery Internship

Course Coordinator:Anna Robins ( School:School of Health - Midwifery

2024Semester 2

UniSC 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 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 provided with a comprehensive and final preparation for your transition to practice as a competent beginning midwife. The course includes clinical placement across the maternity care continuum (320 hours). You will be supported and supervised by experienced practitioners. You will critically self-appraise your practice. Your facilitator will evaluate your work using the NMBA Midwife Standards for Practice for practice consistent with a competent beginning midwife. There will be an opportunity to experience an elective placement such as rural and remote midwifery.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Placement – Clinical placement 320hrs Week 1 Once Only

Course Topics

Work integrated learning in a variety of maternity settings and consolidation of midwifery practice.


What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

24 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 satisfactory level of midwifery practice according to the national practice standards for registered midwives at beginning midwife level. Ethical
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
2 Know and behave in accordance with National Competency Standards for the Midwife (NMBA, 2010) and International Code of Ethics for Midwives (ICM, 2014) and Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives (NMBA, 2018). Ethical
3 Have completed the allocated practice hours for the course. Ethical
3.2, 3.3, 7.3
4 Apply principles and practices of academic writing and referencing Engaged

* Competencies by Professional Body

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Standard 1: Promotes health and wellbeing through evidence-based midwifery practice
1.2 The midwife accesses, analyses, and uses the best available evidence, that includes research findings, for safe, quality midwifery practice
2 Standard 2: Engages in professional relationships and respectful partnerships
3 Standard 3: Demonstrates the capability and accountability for midwifery 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
4 Standard 4: Undertakes comprehensive assessments
5 Standard 5: Develops a plan for midwifery practice
6 Standard 6: Provides safety and quality in midwifery practice
7 Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to improve midwifery practice
7.3 The midwife uses evaluation and reflection to inform future practice and professional development

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”.


HLT310 and HLT311 and enrolled in Program SC393 Session 4 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 SONIA
All 2 Placement performance Individual
Refer to Format SONIA
All - Assessment Task 1:ANMAC Midwifery Practice Experience
Completion of the requirements for ANMAC Midwife Accreditation Standard 3:Program of study.
Product: Portfolio
Submit: 3 days after the completion of clinical placement. 
Details regarding the MPE evidence will be provided by the course coordinator on the course Canvas site. 
MPE Record: Evidence of your MPE is collected progressively throughout the program and assessed in HLT132, HLT207, HLT202, HLT311 and HLT312.
You may be required to undertake additional placement hours in order to complete all MPEs.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Completion of all Continuity of Care experiences (10)
Completion of all MPEs (324)
2 3
MPEs meet the requirements for ANMAC Midwife Accreditation Standard 3: Program of study.
1 2
Demonstrate appropriate written expression (academic writing, terminology, referencing, etc)
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 Practice Standards for Registered Midwives at a beginning midwife 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 UniSC assessment policy and procedures.

Please note: You will receive ongoing feedback as a formative and developmental process. 

A progressive 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 details.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Practice behaviours as measured against the Midwife Standards for Practice and as detailed in the assessment tool
1 2
Evidence of adherence to the Code of Conduct for Midwives and the Code of Ethics for Midwives criteria and standards
2 3
Specific goals and plan for practice inclusive of all Practice Standards
1 2
Completion of 320 hours of clinical 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. 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 2022 Midwifery 5th Elsevier

Specific requirements

Uniform and enclosed shoes. Evidence of mandatory requirements.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and low to moderate levels of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks may include working in an Australian bush setting, working with people, working outside normal office hours for example. 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 UniSC.

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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