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NS1003 - Introduction to Midwifery Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will orientate students to the midwifery profession and the underpinning philosophy of midwifery care. Professional experience placement will introduce the student to the professional role of the midwife in practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • examine how events in history have influenced the development of the midwifery profession;
  • describe the primary role of the midwife in the context of the healthcare team;
  • explain how primary health care principles are integral to consumer engagement and midwifery practice;
  • discuss the concept of evidence based midwifery practice and how this informs national and international midwifery priorities;
  • establish foundational skills to support professional practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Group
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Clinical placement performance 1 - (%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve satisfactory grade for professional experience placement; participate in at least 80% of scheduled on-campus tutorial classes; participate in all scheduled clinical skills classes (workshops); achieve at least 50% for written examination; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties. Exams may be scheduled outside regular university exam period.

Prerequisites: NS1771 AND HS1111 AND BM1011 AND NS1881
Corequisites: NS2015


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coord/Lect: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Dr Marie McAuliffe.
Workload expectations:
  • 10 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 20 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours clinical Skills
  • 80 hours professional Experience
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.