Women in Pregnancy and Beyond (7945.2)
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|Discipline Of Midwifery||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesUpon 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 ill or at risk pregnant women and/or for ill or 'at risk' unborn babies;
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 a satisfactory practice level.
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 - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
Prerequisites7943 The Work of Birth AND 7944 Sharing Knowledge in Midwifery.
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There are no requried texts for this unit. See below for a list of suggested texts/readings.
Australian College of Midwives. (2014). National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (3rd ed) Issue 2. Canberra: Australian College of Midwives.
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. (2018). 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
5c Submission of assessment items
All assessment items will be submitted online via the Unit Moodle site through the URKUND Plagiarism plugin. The first page of each assessment submission should include the following information:
Word count (if applicable)
Always keep a copy of your assignment.
General guidelines for a written paper:
Presentation: The paper should be word-processed, with 1.5 line spacing and normal margins
Structure: Academic writing style must be maintained throughout the paper. The paper must have an introduction, body (which presents the issues and discusses/analyses them), a conclusion, a reference list and an appendix (if necessary) at the end.
Clarity and Expression: Concepts should be analysed and discussed using plain language. The paper must demonstrate correct grammatical expression and spelling. Be sure to proof read your paper to eliminate errors.
Use of resources: you are expected to read widely and use a variety of credible evidence to support your discussion. Your work must be supported by current published literature and fully referenced. Resources must not be limited to texts only. It is an expectation that you use database searches to obtain recent journal articles.
Referencing requirements: Students must use APA 6th Edition referencing throughout their assessments. The following useful resource on referencing is available at:
Returning assessments: Assessments will be returned electronically.
Feedback to students: Students will receive formal feedback from the Convener.
Late submission of assessments
Requests for extensions must be made via e-mail to the unit convenor at least one week prior to the due date. Penalties for late submission of assessed work will be applied. Marks will be deducted at the rate of 10% of the value of the assessment item per day it is overdue (including weekends). For example, if an assignment is worth 30 marks, 3 marks will be deducted each day.
Special assessment requirements
If there is any doubt about the requirements of a particular assessment or assessment procedure, please see the Unit Convener who is here to help you. The onus for clarifying assessment issues rests with the student. To pass the Unit, all assessment items must be submitted and students must achieve an overall mark of 50%.
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 ‘Moodle' 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
The Client Services Division provides campus IT networks for the University, including computers and networked information resources for student use. For students needing help with basic IT skills, training courses are offered by the Client Services Division. For more information please contact the Helpdesk on 6201 5500 or email email@example.com. The library is also an excellent resource for IT skills related to information searching.
Work placement, internships or practicums
6g Work placements, 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 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 590 hours of rostered midwifery work has been undertaken. For 7945 a minimum of 295 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.
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 the Midspace Forum in Canvas. For more information, see AHPRA's web site at: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Search.aspx?q=social%20media%20networks
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: http://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 at seminars are deemed to be made to the whole group. Important announcements will be repeated on Canvas. Please check the 7945 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.