Foundations of Professional Practice 1A


This course prepares nursing and midwifery students for their roles as knowledgeable and skilled health care professionals. It provides an introduction to and foundation for critical thinking and competent clinical practice.


Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2015


  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to critical thinking and analysis

2. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to professional practice

3. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to collaborative and therapeutic practice


This course comprises three Themes. Each has a defined set of learning outcomes as listed below:

Theme 1 - Critical thinking and analysis
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:

  • think, read, write, listen, discuss and reason critically (at a beginning level)
  • use relevant literature and research findings to support your learning and future practice.

Theme 2 - Professional practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:

  • discuss factors at an introductory level, that enhance or detract from quality and safety in healthcare
  • examine the legal and ethical implications of selected clinical scenarios
  • outline how nursing or midwifery philosophies, theories, models and frameworks guide
  • contemporary practice
  • identify personal factors related to health and well-being that may impact on being fit for practice

Theme 3 - Collaborative and therapeutic practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:

  • demonstrate a beginning understanding of the concept of person-centred care
  • demonstrate the principles and practices of therapeutic communication
  • demonstrate aggression minimisation strategies
  • demonstrate infection control and occupational health and safety principles and practices


Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing programs.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Critical thinking, reflection and writing *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Health care professional practice scenario *

Written Assignment: Job application and CV *

Quiz: Online tutorial preparation quizzes *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory attendance, participation and preparation *

Practical Demonstration: Integrated core competencies *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students are required to complete 20 hours of clinical labs. 100 percent attendance is essential preparation for clinical practice and provides relevant OHS knowledge and skills. Students may be given the opportunity for a makeup laboratory if an adverse circumstance form is submitted and approved by the course coordinator.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Students must complete NSW Health Department requirements for students to attend placements in NSW Health facilities.

Contact Hours

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 20 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Note: Tutorials are delivered face to face. In the event that your timetabled tutorial falls on a public holiday, this class will be rescheduled.