Module code: NUR1035

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

DAVIES Louise (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 123

Lecture Hours: 26

Seminar Hours: 4.5

Practical/Performance Hours: 1

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 Entry to programme

Module content

Physiology, care and management during pregnancy, labour and the puerperium

  • Preconception nutrition and the Barker Hypothesis

  • Physiology and minor disorders of pregnancy

  • Obesity and pregnancy

  • Physiology, management and care of the first, second and third stages of labour

  • Fetal growth and development

  • Fetal circulation and adaptation at birth

  • Fetal monitoring and wellbeing

  • CTG theory and practice

  • Vaginal examination

  • Immediate post delivery care

  • Neonatal resuscitation and venepuncture

  • Physiology, care and management of the puerperium


  • Anatomy and physiology of lactation

  • Components and immunological properties of breast milk

Associated anatomy and physiology

 Fetal skull

  • Maternal pelvis and pelvic floor and anorectum

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate successful completion of the module learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A two hour exam comprising short, and long answers as well as multiple choice questions



Formative tutorial meetings and throughout module

Module aims

  • This module will enable the student to think and begin to critically question the scientific basis of midwifery by developing new knowledge, skills and understanding surrounding related anatomy, physiology and associated care. The module will enable students to link the art and science of midwifery which underpins the provision of care to the mother and baby during normal pregnancy, labour and the puerperium. 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate an awareness of how reproductive anatomy and physiology underpins normal pregnancy, labour and the puerperium
2 Identify the importance of applying knowledge of reproductive physiology to the care given to mothers and babies
3 Demonstrate an awareness of the nutritional needs of the mother and baby related to basic nutritional advice and care
4 Have a broad understanding of the anatomy of the breast and the physiology of lactation
5 Identify the importance of fetal monitoring and how this relates to assessment of fetal wellbeing, risk management and care planning in normal labour

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

 The module will be facilitated using an eclectic mix of learning strategies to meet student’s learning needs. SurreyLearn self-directed learning modules, workbooks, seminar groups, practical workshops, lectures group discussion and 1-1 tutorials.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Midwifery (Registered Midwife) BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.