Course Outline

NUR740 Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Care

Course Coordinator:Ruth Newby ( School:School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

2022Semester 2


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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?


Clinical practice with children and their families is specialised. Practitioners work with diverse populations in a wide range of hospital and community settings. Evidence based practice requires expert judgement, and decision making in order to solve complex health issues and support optimal health outcomes for infants and children. You will develop your practice capability by learning how to expertly access, analyse, interpret and use healthcare data and critique common models of care to inform care planning and apply your understanding to common infant child and family healthcare contexts.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Information session – Course introduction via Zoom 1hr Week 1 Once Only
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Online – Independent study and research 3hrs Week 13 13 times
Information session – Zoom drop-in 1hr Week 2 5 times

Course Topics

  • Child health indicators
  • Data and evidence to support service planning
  • Infant and child development
  • Attachment theory
  • Models of care and approaches to child and family nursing care (including Family Partnerships and Circle of Security)
  • Contexts of child health care
  • Family and child centred care

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

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 Access, interpret and integrate data and evidence to inform clinical specialist practice in the context of children's health care Knowledgeable
2 Critique the assumptions underpinning current models of care in various contexts against evidence and best practice Creative and critical thinker
3 Investigate and apply theory and frameworks relevant to child and family health care to specific clinical settings to propose evidence based child and family centred approaches to practice Creative and critical thinker

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 SC546, SC742 or SC723


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is assumed that students will have completed an undergraduate nursing or midwifery program of study.

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

Students will be invited to upload and discuss assessment task 1 onto canvas for peer review and discussion prior to formal submission at the end of week 4.

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 Artefact - Creative Individual 25%
250 - 300 words
Week 4 Online Submission
All 2 Written Piece Individual 35%
EOI = 250-300 words
Academic paper = 1500 words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class
All 3 Case Study Individual 40%
3000 - 4000 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Child Health Infographic/Health Bulletin and Summary
To gain skills in sourcing, analysing, interpreting and reporting on key child health indicators and critically appraise those in light of the evidence.
Product: Artefact - Creative
You will use relevant digital information technologies and national data services to locate, identify, describe, and present a single Child Health Indicator in the form of an Infographic or Health Bulletin. 
The intended audience is your health professional colleagues. You need to include a critical synthesis (by way of a 250-300 word written summary) of the Child Health Indicator, informed by the broader evidence to identify any implications for one of more areas of neonatal, paediatric or child health practice.
You are able to choose an indicator which is directly relevant to your current or proposed area of practice. Details on the format of the Infographic or health bulletin is available on Bb. APA 7th Referencing Style expected.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of data and information sources
Analysis and interpretation of relevant data sources
Integration of data and evidence to inform professional practice in the context of children’s health care
1 2
Information literacy skills including: citations and sources used to support the analysis and proposal and formatting of citations and references
Academic writing style conventions
All - Assessment Task 2:'Expression of Interest' for a new clinical role: Part A EOI; Part B academic paper
The goal of this assessment task is to critically analyse a contemporary model of care used with infants, children and their families.
Product: Written Piece
Part A You will prepare a written 'Expression of Interest' (EOI) for a clinical position. The EOI will need to describe the health service setting and focus (for example, an acute neonatal or paediatric unit, rural outreach clinic, GP service or community child health service), and the client/patient population. For your selected healthcare setting you will describe the new clinical role, its purpose and scope and encompass a specific contemporary model of care as well as the requirements for its implementation for working with infants, children and their families. Part B You will provide an academic paper in which you will present an academic argument which fully articulates and critiques the selected model of care that underpins the EOI. APA 7th Referencing Style expected.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Part A EOI: Academic writing style conventions
2 3
Part A EOI: Description of the new clinical role and its scope
Part A EOI: Model of care embedded in the description of the role, purpose, scope and requirements for
Part A EOI: Relevance of model of care embedded in EOI to the healthcare setting
Part A EOI: Information literacy skills including: citations and sources used to support the analysis and proposal and formatting of citations and references
Part B Background academic paper: Presentation and explanation of the proposed model of care including the application of relevant theory and principles
2 3
Part B Background academic paper: Justification of the proposed model of care in light of evidence
2 3
Part B Background academic paper: Application of the theory and principles of the model of care to the proposed healthcare setting and role
2 3
Part B Background academic paper: Information literacy skills including: citations and sources used to support the analysis and proposal and formatting of citations and references
Part B Background academic paper: Academic writing style conventions
All - Assessment Task 3:Clinical Scenario or Case Study report
The goal of this assessment task is to apply evidence and theory to a clinical scenario or case study to propose evidence based and best practice approaches to care.
Product: Case Study
You will negotiate with the course coordinator to self-select a relevant clinical scenario or case study from your clinical practice experience which requires care to be implemented. Alternatively, the teaching team will have a number of scenarios from which you can choose if you are not currently engaged in a clinical setting. 

You will investigate and propose an evidence based and best practice approach to practice for the chosen scenario or case. You will be required to discuss the background to the scenario or case, approach to care and rationale, implementation and evaluation of outcomes for the infant/child and their family.  APA 7th Referencing Style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Analysis of the characteristics of the clinical scenario or case using health indicator and other
data sets
Application of theory and frameworks to the proposed approach to practice
Evidence based proposal to provide a best practice and child/family centred for care
Quality of sources to support argument
Information literacy skills including: citations and sources used to support the analysis and
proposal and formatting of citations and references
Academic writing style conventions

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 Margaret Barnes,Jennifer Rowe 2013 Child, Youth and Family Health n/a Churchill Livingstone

Specific requirements

It is recommended that you have reliable internet access. Please consult the USC website for information about the recommended computer, search engines and word processing software.

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

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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