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HNM213 - The Woman During Pregnancy

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery to enrol in this unit

Unit chair:

Sara Stelfox

Campus contact:

Waterfront (Geelong): Margaret Pszczolkowski

Warrnambool: Erin Guiney


HNM111, HNN114, HNN122



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

8 x 2 hour seminars, 6 hours simulation, 8 x 2 hour cloud (online) classes per trimester, 2 week clinical placement


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


This unit is one of the five Clinical Studies in Nursing and Midwifery Year 2 cluster. This midwifery specific unit will extend students’ knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to human reproduction. Key concepts to be addressed include the artificial reproductive technologies; changes that occur in the woman from conception until term of pregnancy and embryo and fetal development and circulation; and screening and diagnostic tests. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop the necessary health assessment skills required to examine a woman during pregnancy and to implement evidence-based midwifery care to support healthy pregnancy of a woman. Students will have opportunity to apply and integrate knowledge and skills learned in this unit and previous units during a two (2) week clinical placement.


Assessment task 1: Assignment: 40% (equivalent to 1000 words)

This assessment will allow students to increase their knowledge and understanding of the changes experienced by women during pregnancy. Students will need to apply this knowledge in midwifery practice settings.

Assessment task 2: Examination: 60% (2 hours)

Formal written examination will cover all aspects of the unit. The examination will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions incorporating all unit content. The examination will require students to demonstrate understanding of the anatomical and physiological adaptations of the woman during pregnancy and related care; human growth and development from the time of conception until term of pregnancy.

Assessment task 3: Commence Continuity of Care experiences with women during pregnancy, birth, and following birth (10 hours per experience).

Assessment task 4: Clinical assessment: Pass/Fail (equivalent to 500 words)

Failure of the clinical component will lead to a fail in this unit and may lead to exclusion.

Clinical assessment involves the students successfully completing a two (2) week practicum together with the completion of documenting their midwifery experiences and the completion of any associated Midwifery Practice Learning Tools for this unit.  The successful completion of the Midwifery Portfolio and clinical practicum is considerable and requires students to safely integrate knowledge and skills, apply theory in practice situations, and demonstrate progression and consolidation of clinical competencies across a range of professional domains. Although no numerical weighting is attributed to the clinical assessment in terms of the final unit result, clinical is competency-based and has therefore been given a weighting relative to the total student workload. The School thereby acknowledges that the clinical assessment is valid, worthwhile, and requires commitment from the student whilst supporting the competency-based nature of this assessment as pass/fail gradings.

Midwifery Practice Learning Tools

  • Ongoing pregnancy care
  • Abdominal palpation of the pregnant woman
  • Parenting Education for the woman and her family

Midwifery Portfolio (equivalent to 500 words)

To meet Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's midwife registration requirements students, upon completion of clinical placement, are required to submit their Midwifery Portfolio.

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Act

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

* Department of Human Services 2007, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 1 July 2007.
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012


Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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