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92622 Becoming a Midwife

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject introduces students to the Bachelor of Midwifery program by providing an overview of the program and the requirements for registration as a midwife in Australia. As the intention of the Bachelor of Midwifery is to prepare students for practice as a midwife, this subject explores the forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, the practice and image of midwifery. This subject briefly traces the rich history of midwifery to the present day. The fundamental literacy and cognitive skills that underpin practice judgement and professionalism are developed concurrently with other subject content. In addition, students are introduced to the information technology applications available in the University.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Identify the role and responsibilities of the midwife in the provision of safe maternity services (NMBA 1.1,1.4,11.1)
B. Discuss and reflect on the origins of the profession of midwifery and the current professional issues in maternity care (NMBA 1.4,12.2, 3)
C. Identify the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities and the values underpinning midwifery practice (NMBA 1.1,1.2,1.3)
D. Outline the requirements in order to meet NMBA Competency Standards for the Midwife and NMBA registration requirements (NMBA 1.4)
E. Identify and access student learning support, library and information technology support services at UTS (NMBA 13.1)
F. Develop beginning understandings in thinking, reading and writing as a midwife including the use of information technology (IT) skills. (NMBA 13.1)

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Are professionally competent midwives who provide safe and effective midwifery care using intelligent kindness (2.0)
  • Are professionally engaged critical thinkers who take a lively and questioning approach and embrace lifelong learning (6.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

In this subject, you will participate in a range of learning and teaching strategies that are designed to assist you in developing a deeper understanding of the history of midwifery and the regulation of the profession in Australia.

Online learning activities
Students access online learning resources including podcasts, videos and professional literature either prior to or in place of face-to-face attendance. These activities are supported by follow-up in-class activities or in online forums to share learning, experiences and reflections.

Face-to-face classes
Face-to-face classes include mini-lectures and small group work activities and are provided to enable students to clarify, discuss and develop subject concepts.

Case scenarios
Cases are used to help students explore health-related scenarios. Cases depict women and their families in clinical or community situations. Students use these scenarios to learn concepts and interpret information. Critical thinking is developed through analysis, interpretation and reflection on issues or situations.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Exploring contemporary midwifery topics

Intent:

This assessment task is intended to help students develop their academic writing skills while exploring contemporary midwifery topics.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, E and F

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0 and 6.0

Weight: 50%
Length:

1500 words - approx 300 words per item

Criteria:

A marking rubric for this assignment will be available in this subject in UTSOnline.

Assessment task 2: The role of the midwife

Intent:

This assessment is intended to develop a beginning understanding of the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the midwife including the NMBA Competency Standards for the Midwife.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0 and 6.0

Weight: 50%
Length: 1500 words
Criteria:

A marking rubric for this assignment will be available in this subject in UTSOnline.

Required texts

Marshall, J. & Raynor, M. 2014, Myles Textbook for Midwives, 16th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.

Recommended texts

Pairman, S., Tracy, S., Thorogood, C. & Pincombe, J. (eds) 2015, Midwifery: preparation for practice, 3rd edn , Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.

References

Commonwealth of Australia 2009, Improving maternity services in Australia: The report of the Maternity Services Review, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

Kirkham, M. 2010, The midwife-mother relationship, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Morley-Warner, T. 2010, Academic writing: A guide to writing in a university context, Association for Academic Language and Learning, Sydney.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2006, National Competency Standards for the Midwife, NMBA, Melbourne.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2008, Code of Ethics for Midwives, NMBA, Melbourne.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2008, Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives, NMBA, Melbourne.

Other resources

UTS Student Centre
Building 10
Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Tel: 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)

Details for student centres: www.uts.edu.au/current-students/contacts/general-contacts
For other resources/information refer to the Faculty of Health website (www.uts.edu.au/about/faculty-health), the Health Student Guide (www.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/uts-health-student-guide.pdf) and UTSOnline at: https://online.uts.edu.au/webapps/login/

UTS Library
The Library has a wide range of resources, facilities and services to support you including textbooks, subject readings, old exam papers, academic writing guides, health literature databases, workshops, a gaming room and bookable group study rooms. There is also a team of librarians to help you with all your questions.
W: lib.uts.edu.au, Facebook: utslibrary, Twitter: @utslibrary Tel: (02) 9514 3666

Improve your academic and English language skills
Marks for all assessment tasks such as assignments and examinations are given not only for what you write but also for how you write. If you would like the opportunity to improve your academic and English language skills, make an appointment with the HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support) Service in Student Services.

HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS (www.ssu.uts.edu.au/helps). HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at the UTS Library. Phone (02) 9514 9733

Please see www.uts.edu.au for additional information on other resources provided to students by UTS.