Course Title: Introduction to Maternity Care

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Maternity Care

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Jones

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7417

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements associated with enrolment in this course.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of caring for a female patient during the perinatal experience from a family centred framework. You will consider the geopolitical impacts on childbearing and care and conceptualise pregnancy and birth as a normal component of the human lifespan. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes:

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

PLO 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1.    Identify childbearing as a normal physiological phenomenon for the female person
  2.    Discuss the holistic care of the perinatal experience using a family centred approach to care
  3.    Review the geo-socio political influences on childbearing
  4. Outline the challenges to maternity care as impacted by popular media
  5.   Differentiate the concept of childbirth using a “normal” rather than an “illness” framework 

Overview of Learning Activities


This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to clinical practice.

Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, podcasts and Lectopia/Echo 360, Wiki’s Blogs and discussion board.  

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content  delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of Maternity Care. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience.  The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.


Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester which will include lectures/workshops and online materials

Learner Directed Hours: 84 per semester which will require you to engage in online activities and complete assessment requirements. 

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/Echo 360, Discussion Board or workshops and group work. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site. 

Overview of Assessment


This course has no hurdle requirements

Assessment Tasks:


Early Assessment:  Online multiple choice and short answer test Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,5

Assessment  2:  Written Assignment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5


Assessment  3: Final examination short answer and multiple choice

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLO 1-5