Module code: NUR3178

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

BROWN Anna (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 26

Tutorial Hours: 3

Practical/Performance Hours: 3

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of Level 2 modules

Module content

Learning disability

Disability & midwifery

Anti discrimination legislation

Maternal autonomy & refusal of care

Social deprivation & epidemiology, maternal &   neonatal mortality & morbidity

Cultural, social, racial & psychological perspectives


Domestic violence

Child protection & Children's Act (Safeguarding)

Drug & alcohol abuse

Medication & ethics, culture & religion

Global midwifery

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework SUMMARY REPORT 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • To discuss how the midwife can empower women and their families to make choices and decisions, enabling individualised woman centred care.
  • To focus on the issues related to care of women and their families from a user perspective within the wider context of the health of the national agenda and society.
  • To examine a variety of social and psychological issues and underpinning ethical principles.
  • To explore the wider implications of midwifery practice and aims to provide the student with an opportunity to further develop a research and evidence based approach to care delivery.  

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Have a systematic understanding of how midwives can enable women & their families to make informed choices about care planning, especially in difficult situations
2 Develop and evaluate appropriate strategies to provide support for women, families & their babies, including multi-professional  team working, and the implications for long term support
3 Have a systematic understanding of what influences women's health worldwide, focussing on the relationship between psychosocial and ethical factors and the childbearing experience, and evaluating the specific needs of women from different cultures, age groups and range of abilities and factors which can lead to inequality of access to quality care within the health system e.g. discrimination, special groups
4 Analyse and debate the significance of specified physiological factors relating to drug misuse issues
5 Critically analyse evidence and research to promote appropriate and relevant practice, selecting, using and evaluating appropriate assessment tools for the care of women and neonates and the care given by midwives and other health professionals in the light of current research into psychosocial issues. 

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Different approaches relating to the module content will be utilised. Specialist content will be facilitated by guest speakers from practice with supported pre-reading to broaden knowledge and understanding. Group work will also be one of the strategies applied to ensure collaborative enquiry and presentation to peers.  

Method of Assessment:

Formative: Formative feedback will be provided by tutors in small groups on the students’ A4 summary, exploring issues and related roles of a case conference (attached) to debate the outcome for the mother and baby, in preparation for the summative assessment. 

Summative Assessment: A 2000 word summary report based on the case conference focusing on one or two aspect of the outcome identified in the debate. Content should include aspects of physical, social and psychological care where appropriate. Discussion of the care provided should focus on the role and responsibilities of the midwife in public health and her/his relation to the multidisciplinary team.  The summary report must be underpinned by the relevant research supporting the outcome from the case conference and must include a reference list.                           Total:            100%


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 SEPT) 1 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.