Women In Pregnancy and Beyond (11295.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.375||9||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Midwifery||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit will be co-taught with 11308 Woman in Pregnancy and Beyond PG.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of midwifery, medical, pharmacological and other theory as it applies to the provision of care for pregnant women and/or unborn babies experiencing complexity;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of complex verbal, non-verbal and written interpersonal communication between midwives and childbearing women and their families, and other health professionals;
3. Show evidence of their developing ability to form working relationships with women across the spectrum of pregnancy, labour, birth and the early parenting time; and
4. Achieve satisfactory practice level as evidenced by successful completion of the Progress to Competency document.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
As students at the University of Canberra, you will develop your critical thinking skills, your ability to solve complex problems, your ability to work with others, your confidence to learn independently, your written communication skills, your spoken communication skills and a number of work-related knowledge and skills. Students will develop skills enabling them to work with women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Prerequisites11334 The Work of Birth.
CorequisitesEnrolment in HLB001 Bachelor of Midwifery.
Equivalent units7945 Woman in Pregnancy and Beyond.
Assumed knowledgeUnderstanding of relevant anatomy and physiology.
Understanding of theory and the midwifery care of a woman experiencing a straight forward pregnancy.
Understanding of theory and the midwifery care of a woman experiencing a straight forward labour and birth.
Understanding of theory of the midwifery care of a woman experiencing a straightforward postnatal period.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Marjorie Atchan|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Marjorie Atchan|
There are no requried texts for this unit. See below for a list of suggested texts/readings.
Australian College of Midwives. (2020). National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (4th ed). Canberra: Australian College of Midwives.
De Vitry Smith, S. & Bayes, S. (2022). Skills for midwifery practice (Australia and New Zealand ed.). Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier.
Fraser, D., & Cooper, M. (2014). Myles textbook for midwives (16th ed). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Jordan, S. (2011). Pharmacology for midwives: The evidence base for safe practice (2nd ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Pairman, S., Tracy, S., Dahlen, H., & Dixon, L. (2022). Midwifery: Preparation for practice (4th ed). Sydney: Elsevier.
Taylor, C., & White, S. (2000). Practising reflexivity in health and welfare. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Submission of assessment items:
Where possible, all assessment items will be submitted online via the teaching site in UCLearn. The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
- Student ID number:
- Assessment Name:
- Word Count (if applicable):
- Students' names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submission. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the UCLearn teaching site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Attendance at classes is compulsory in this course, as per the Bachelor of Midwifery curriculum approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board 2018. Because we understand that students have multi-rolled lives, seminar absences in the period from the beginning of planned classes until the end of the semester, will be accepted. However, these absences are tolerated based on the expectation that students will seek out information on content and processes which they have missed. If students regularly miss timetabled seminars, a 500 word synopsis about their learning on the topic/s of any missed sessions may be required. If required, the 500 word synopsis is to be posted to a shared space on ‘Canvas' within two weeks of the absence. In this way, students both demonstrate their learning on missed content and still share the learning processes with their co-students.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
Students are required to undertake midwifery practice as outlined in their individualised rotation through all areas of maternity (with some women's health or sexual health work in gynaecology wards and clinics) via a roster of 3 x 8 hour days each week of formal teaching times (or equivalent e.g. continuous 2 days per week across 45 weeks, or block placements of full time work as arranged with the Unit Convener). This rostered work will continue in other Units of study over 45 weeks of the year, until 592 hours of rostered midwifery work has been undertaken. For 11295 a minimum of 296 hours needs to be achieved for the student to successfully pass this Unit.
If a student is unable to attend rostered practice it is a requirement that they will contact the Unit/area and advise of their non-attendance. Also the student must advise the relevant UC Practice Support Midwife. If the student does not contact the practice setting or UC Practice Support Midwife three times during the year then a learning contract will be developed in conjunction with the student, Unit Convener and/or the Course Convener. It is also a responsibility of the student to communicate rostered shifts and locations with the Practice Support Midwives in order for them to provide support for you whilst on prac.
Changes to the published roster can only be made in exceptional circumstances, due to the complexity in shift and area allocation. Refer to this units Canvas site for the process to request any roster changes.
Discussion of practice issues on Social Media Networks
Please remember when discussing your experiences in practice you are discussing women's lives and women need to be deidentified. Therefore these experiences must not be discussed on social media networks such as Facebook or Twitter. Doing so breaks the confidentiality agreement by which students are governed when in practice. The appropriate place for discussion related to practice is the class room setting or in Canvas. For more information, see AHPRA's web site at: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Publications/Social-media-guidance.aspx
As a student enrolled in an approved midwifery program of study you will be registered for the duration of study and associated practice by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Student registration is a National Law requirement, the role of which is to protect the public. You do not need to apply for registration; the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority will work directly with the University of Canberra to register all students who need to be registered. There are no fees for student registration. Further information can be found at: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Student-Registrations.aspx
Midwifery is a complex course because of the theory and practice requirements, so please do not remain quiet if you are worried. The Unit Convener, your midwifery mentor, the UC Practice Support Midwives and the Course Convener are all here to help you. We want you to become useful and connected midwives by learning in a supported environment, so please let us know if you feel very challenged. Most things can be sorted out quickly and easily if we know. We will also help with more complex issues.
Announcements: Announcements made are deemed to be made to the whole group. Important announcements will be repeated on Canvas. Please check the Canvas site and your email for messages at least weekly.
The Midwifery Practice Room (10A02) is available for students for private study, group work and practising skills/tasks when it is not in use for timetabled classes.