NUR1110 - Communication and scholarship in nursing and midwifery - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Verity Mak


Ms Verity Mak (Clayton)
Dr Katrina Recoche (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


M2006 and M3007


This unit introduces learners to the process of self-reflection, clinical communication, questioning and critical thinking in preparation for problem recognition, problem solving and maintaining personal well-being.

Research, academic writing skills and knowledge of evidence-based professional practice equip the learner as a scholar and a nurse/midwife.

The concepts of person-centredness (nursing) and woman-centredness (midwifery) are explored from the perspective of self, examining personal values, sets of beliefs, cultural perspectives, attitudes toward others, and factors that influence health across the lifespan.


Upon successful completion of this unit, student will:

  1. Identify the factors that influence health across the lifespan;
  2. Apply at a beginning level, critical thinking and reflection for effective person-centred care, particularly in relation to vulnerable populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  3. Demonstrate therapeutic and clinical communication skills in oral, written and electronic formats;
  4. Demonstrate academic writing and database searching skills;
  5. Demonstrate beginning level research skills and discuss the importance of evidence-based practice in the provision of effective health care;
  6. Identify personal wellbeing strategies.


  • Online Quiz (MCQ) (10%)
  • Written Assignment (2,500 words) (35%)
  • Immersive Simulation Participation (30 minutes) (hurdle)
  • Reflective Piece (2,500 words) (35%)
  • Clinical Communication Skills Assessment (20%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Lectures /active learning: 1 hour per week

Tutorials: 2 hours per week

sSimulation: 1 hour per week

Guided online pre or post-learning modules: 2 hours per week

Self-directed Learning: 6 hours per week.

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