Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Gayle McLelland


This unit will provide the foundational knowledge required by midwifery students to effectively care for women during preconception through to early parenting. The focus will be on the knowledge required by midwives to be able to apply both the physiological and psychological adaptations of women during pregnancy, birth, and the first weeks after birth.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the female and male reproductive systems;
  2. List key events in the continuum of embryonic and fetal development including the adaptation of the baby at birth;
  3. Describe the anatomical, physiological and hormonal changes and processes that occur in the woman's body during pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium;
  4. Describe the process of labour and birth;
  5. Briefly describe the anatomy of the breast and physiology of lactation;
  6. Describe the routine screening and basic diagnostic tests in pregnancy assessment;
  7. Explain the connection between normal physiological of pregnancy and the minor disorders of pregnancy.


2 x Paper based in class test (1 hour each) (1,000 words each) (Tested in week 4 & week 8) (30%)
Exam (2 hours) (50%)
Group assignment including peer assessment, group assessment & lecturer assessment (20%)

Students must achieve a pass in the examination to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours tutorial each week, 3 - 4 hours each week directed online learning activities.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BMA1901 and must be enrolled in courses 3563, 3953 or 4514.