Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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 professional conduct, critical thinking and safe, evidence-based clinical practice

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the legal and professional requirements of the Codes of Conduct and Ethics for nurses/midwives in Australia and critically evaluate relevant cases

2. Discuss law and ethics related to privacy and confidentiality and critically evaluate relevant cases

3. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of person/woman centred care, dignity care, professional boundaries and therapeutic communication

4. Reflect on culture, values, ethics, attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and your own learning

5. Discuss cultural awareness, competence and safety, including the provision of culturally safe care in a range of health care contexts/situations

6. Explain the nature and implications of patient/woman safety, including causes of adverse events and strategies to reduce their incidence and improve safety

7. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of critical thinking and clinical reasoning, including types of clinical reasoning errors and implications for patient/woman safety

8. Examine examples of social, environmental, biomedical and economic determinants of health from a local, national and global perspective

9. Discuss health literacy, health promotion and models of health behaviour change

10. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of types of research and evidence-based practice

11. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the Australian health care system

12. Perform effective searches to locate and utilise relevant, high quality evidence-based literature for academic writing

13. Demonstrate understanding of academic literacies requirements


Professional codes, conduct and values; person/woman-centred care; critical thinking and clinical reasoning; patient/woman safety; privacy and confidentiality; dignity care; reflective practice; therapeutic communication and relationships; social determinants of health; health literacy; health promotion and behaviour change; culturally safe and appropriate care; provision of evidenced-based care to individuals, families and communities while practising in accordance with legal, ethical and professional standards.

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 who are active in the Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing programs.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: .

Presentation: .

In Term Test: . *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Manning Base Hospital

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Note: Computer Labs can be delivered face to face or online


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 14 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 44 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

Note: Tutorials can be delivered face to face or online 4 hrs x 11 weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.