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NS5226 - Infant Feeding and Nutrition

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

Concurrent employment in Midwifery/Neonatal Unit required

This subject will develop theoretical knowledge related to infant feeding and nutrition. This knowledge will be applied with a family centred focus using a health promotion framework within the clinical practice setting. Knowledge gained will include an in-depth understanding of the anatomical, physiological and pathophysiological aspects of infant feeding and nutrition. The student will gain knowledge of the physiological processes of breast feeding, specialised feeding and nutrition in the 'at risk' newborn including preterm infant, growth restricted infant, newborn with selected congenital anomalies and the newborn with infection.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of WHO Baby Friendly Health Initiative in the 'at risk' newborn;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the principles of nutrition in the 'at risk' infant including interpretation of weight changes and calculation of caloric and fluid requirements;
  • demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiological processes influencing fluid and feed requirements;
  • apply principles related to infant feeding and nutrition to infants with selected congenital abnormalities;
  • utilise a culturally safe, family centred approach to infant feeding and nutrition in the 'at risk' infant.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • 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 deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • 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 communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • 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 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Lea Budden.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments.

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.