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NS5112 - Physiological Processes in Midwifery

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

Human physiology is the study of the function of the human body. In this subject we will specifically focus on understanding aspects of physiology which are integral to normal pregnancy and fetal development. The subject is divided into modules, structured to lead you from the anatomy and physiology of female reproduction through to the events of pregnancy which incorporates both fetal development and maternal adaptations to pregnancy. The culmination of pregnancy, labour, is then discussed followed by the adaptations which the neonate must make after birth and the risks the neonate faces during this fragile period.

Learning Outcomes

  • anatomy of male and female reproductive systems and the biology of sex;
  • embryology and foetal development;
  • immunology and infections as relevant to pregnancy/labour;
  • physiological processes of fertilisation, pregnancy labour and the puerporium;
  • physiology of pain and the interventions appropriate to childbirth.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor David Lindsay, Dr Kristin Wicking, <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: CDROMandWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (40%).

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