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MID2007 - Unpacking midwifery knowledge

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Jenny Newton


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


Midwifery practice is becoming increasingly evidence-based. Midwives need to understand how knowledge underpinning practice is generated and utilised. This unit introduces students to inquiry techniques for midwifery practice. It examines the generation and critique of midwifery knowledge and its utilisation in informing contemporary practice.


On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Examine dominant paradigms for the generation and validation of knowledge in society
  2. Review the historical development of midwifery knowledge
  3. Discuss contemporary philosophies and ways of knowing in midwifery
  4. Discuss evidence informed practice, including debates as to what constitutes evidence in the context of midwifery knowledge
  5. Critically appraise various research approaches and their applicability in developing midwifery knowledge
  6. Develop midwifery competency within the context of unpacking midwifery knowledge


Written assignment (2000 - 2500 words): 50%
Written assignment (2000 - 2500 words): 50%

Contact hours

4 hours per week for 13 weeks


NUR1401, MID1101, MID1002