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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

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.

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
2 define the principles and philosophy of contemporary midwifery from a feminist perspective including scope of practice
3 identify the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities underpinning the role of the midwife, including critical thinking, clinical reasoning and decision-making
4 demonstrate the principles of communication and reflection within an academic setting
5 demonstrate basic skills for practice including proficiency in basic numeracy.

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
  2. define the principles and philosophy of contemporary midwifery from a feminist perspective including scope of practice
  3. identify the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities underpinning the role of the midwife, including critical thinking, clinical reasoning and decision-making
  4. demonstrate the principles of communication and reflection within an academic setting
  5. demonstrate basic skills for practice including proficiency in basic numeracy.

Prescribed texts

  • Bayes, S, De-Vitrys Smith, S-A & Maude, R, 2019, Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia and New Zealand, 1st, Elsevier. ISBN: Paperback ISBN: 9780729542777 eBook ISBN: 9780729586764 .
  • Faigley, LB, 2017, The Little Pearson Handbook, 4th edn, Pearsons Education Inc, Australasia. ISBN: 9781488616846.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.