Available in 2017

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 critical thinking and competent clinical practice.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the meaning and importance of person-centred care/ woman-centred care

2. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of therapeutic relationships and professional boundaries

3. Discuss how therapeutic communication impacts patient safety

4. Identify potential barriers to therapeutic communication and therapeutic relationships and how they can be overcome

5. Examine the various meanings of the term 'culture'

6. Define cultural competence as an integral dimension of person centred care/women-centred care and professional practice

7. Describe the concepts of health, illness, death and dying for people from different cultural backgrounds

8. Describe how people's knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours influence health and health care experiences

9. Critically reflect on your own culture, values, attitudes, beliefs and assumptions, and identify how they may influence your learning and professional practice

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

11. Define critical thinking and discuss its application to clinical practice

12. Demonstrate effective patient teaching

13. Discuss health promotion and disease prevention initiatives

14. Discuss the relevant common law and legislation relating to privacy and confidentiality in health care

15. Discuss the ethical principles of human value and dignity

16. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the importance of evidence based practice to the provision of safe and effective clinical practice

17. Use evidence based literature at a beginning level to support learning and academic writing

18. Outline elements of epidemiology including disease rates, morbidity, mortality, incidence and prevalence

19. Discuss the association of epidemiology to Australia's National Health Priorities

20. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the Australian health care system and the relationships between different sectors and levels of service delivery, including the aged care system.

21. Discuss how the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's nursing or midwifery codes of ethics inform professional practice

22. Demonstrate the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to support your learning and clinical practice


Person-centred care; woman-centred care; partnership; reflective practice; therapeutic communication and relationships; and the principles underpinning the provision of evidenced-based care to individuals, families and communities while practising within legal, ethical and professional frameworks

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: Professional Practice Scenario - Reflection *

Presentation: Health Promotion Presentation *

Formal Examination: Closed Book Examination - Accredited Program - use of Memory Aids are not permitted. *

* 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:

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

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1

Note: Lectures are can be delivered face to face or online

Self-Directed Learning

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


Face to Face On Campus 46 hour(s) per Term

Note: Tutorials can be delivered face to face or online 2 hrs x 1 week 4 hrs x 11 weeks