Core Module Information
Module title: The Science of Midwifery

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID07112
Module leader: Kathryn Hardie
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery


Description of module content:

During this module you will apply basic scientific principles of anatomy and physiology to maternal and infant health. This will provide you with the information that you require in order to undertake practice and will allow you to build on the knowledge gained in further theory modules.

In this module you will learn about five key areas including:

Basic Body structures:
You will examine in detail the cell and genetics, the nervous system, cardio-vascular system, respiratory system, renal system, gastro-intestinal system, reproductive and endocrine systems, microbiology and immunity.

Fertility: You will also examine in relation to female fertility, cell division, the ovarian cycle, menstrual cycle, fertilisation and conception. This module will also include maternal adaptation to her pregnancy, maternal nutrition and the anatomy of the female pelvis and fetal Skull

The Fetus: This module will also include basic embryology, fetal growth and development and fetal circulation.

Programme strand Breast Feeding: This module will commence with the Baby Friendly Initiative Theme (BFI) that is stranded throughout your programme. This includes the anatomy of the breast and physiology of lactation, the role of the feedback inhibitor of lactation (FIL) and instinctive mothering behaviour.
You will also study the prevention of Infection- principles of infection control, immunity

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1. Recall the structure of the human body and selected systems
LO2: Outline the control of fertility, conception and embryological development.
LO3: Identify the anatomical and physiological changes that occur in the major body
systems in pregnancy and in the neonate and the impact they may have on maternal and infant health.
LO.4: Relate the principles of immunity to the prevention of infection.
LO.5: Recognise the importance of optimum nutrition on maternal and child health.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID07112 The Science of Midwifery