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 and Child Health


2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gail Norris
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The theoretical content of the module will be delivered by a blended learning approach which includes on-line learning using Moodle and face-to-face lectures and tutorials as appropriate to facilitate your learning (LO.1-5).

To help facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice, tutorials will be based on problem solving scenarios (LOs 3, 4, 5)
Feedback from student led activity will allow you to reflect on your progress and improve your future performance.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment - You will be encouraged to undertake various weekly on-line activities which will provide you with feedback on your learning in preparation for your summative assessment. These will include multiple choice questions.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment - This is an on- line digital examination week 14 (LOs 1- 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 123
Face To Face Lecture 24
Online Lecture 35
Independent Learning Tutorial 18
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 100 1,2,3,4,5 14 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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.

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