Core Module Information
Module title: Care and Examination of the Newborn Level 11

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID11117
Module leader: Margaret Moran
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In this module you will gain a critical understanding of the importance of providing evidence based and physiologically appropriate care and management to the newborn. You will learn how to assess the well-being of the newborn and apply your knowledge to identify normal and abnormal findings. The importance of multi-disciplinary team working will be evaluated, understanding when and how to share information during the referral process. The module content is divided into key areas: Newborn: You will consider the physiology, assessment, and care of the newborn and the skills required to carry out a Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE). You will explore the knowledge required to understand and implement national screening and diagnostic tests for newborn infants. You will examine anatomy and physiology relevant to the identification of complications and additional care needs in relation to adaptation to life, the newborn infant and very early child development. Medicine management will be outlined and applied for newborn conditions. Newborn nutrition: you will analyse the constituents of colostrum, breast milk and formula milk - encouraging the application of theory to practice through responsive feeding and recognition of effective feeding and breastfeeding (Baby Friendly Initiative, BFI.) Family: transitional care will be evaluated highlighting the importance of maintaining mother/person-newborn contact especially when additional care is required. You will debate the importance of sharing information with mothers and families which is clear and accurate. Current government policies will be justified in the context of the well-being of the mother or birthing person; newborn and family.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Critically appraise knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and epigenetics of the newborn relating to adaptation to extrauterine life and the neonate appraising the literature around very early child development.

LO2: Evaluate the evidence base around the daily care needs of the newborn and the supportive role of the midwife during this period.

LO3: Engage in critical dialogue of and demonstrate the ability to undertake the Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).

LO4: Analyse and apply the principles of infant feeding for maternal/birthing person and child health and for very early child development which includes identification of additional needs when complications arise.

LO5: Justify and plan care when complications arise during embryology and fetal development, adaptation to life, the newborn, very early child development and transition to parenthood and positive family attachment.

LO6: Critically reflect upon your role in undertaking NIPE examinations and the relationships required with other professionals and appropriate referral pathways.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 3, Online (fully o,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online (fully o
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Connie McLuckie
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
Independent Learning Seminar 10
Independent Learning Lecture 10
Independent Learning Tutorial 2
Online Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1~2~3~4~5~6 Exam Period , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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