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Unit description

Provides a holistic perspective on the role of the midwife in relation to historical and contemporary maternity services. Basic skills for midwifery practice tested. Principles of communication and reflection within an academic setting are introduced.

Unit content

  • Historical midwifery
  • Contemporary midwifery
  • Communication within a philosophy of midwifery
  • SCU modules on communication within an academic setting
  • Preparation for practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1discuss the history of midwifery and factors that impact upon the midwife’s ability to provide woman-centred careCreativityEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
2define the principles and philosophy of contemporary midwifery from a feminist perspective including scope of practiceCreativityEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
3identify the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities underpinning the role of the midwife, including critical thinking, clinical reasoning and decision-makingCreativityEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate the principles of communication and reflection within an academic settingCreativityEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
5demonstrate basic skills for practice including proficiency in basic numeracy.Ethical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the history of midwifery and factors that impact upon the midwife’s ability to provide woman-centred care
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. define the principles and philosophy of contemporary midwifery from a feminist perspective including scope of practice
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. identify the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities underpinning the role of the midwife, including critical thinking, clinical reasoning and decision-making
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate the principles of communication and reflection within an academic setting
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate basic skills for practice including proficiency in basic numeracy.
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Laboratory session 6 x 2 hrs (Week 3 )
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (5 wks )
Lecture on-site 1 hr (6 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (10 wks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Letter to Journal Editor50%
Midwifery Practice Requirements - Includes OSCASR
Exam: closed bookSR

Teaching method
Laboratory session 6 x 2 hrs  (Week 3)
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (5 wks )
Lecture on-site 1 hr (6 wks )
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (10 wks)
Assessment
Essay50%
Letter to Journal Editor50%
Midwifery Practice Requirements - Includes OSCASR
Exam: closed bookSR
Notice

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