BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Building Academic and Professional Capability

Unit code NURS13101
Credit rating 0
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit of study is delivered via a blended approach of face to face teaching and online learning in semester 1. It will introduce students to the core essential skills required for clinical practice and academic study and help students familiarise themselves with the support networks available to them both academically and in the clinical learning environment. The Core Skills Framework will commence in this unit. Midwifery, as a profession will be an element of the taught component, which will help students understand the history and legal and ethical issues related to practice. Students will also begin to gain knowledge and confidence in basic midwifery skills for the clinical environment via simulated learning.


There will also be an e-learning unit consisting of 10 components related to study skills.


  • To help students understand the systems and processes of learning in higher education and to support students in acquiring and developing the skills necessary for successful study.
  • To introduce students to the key concepts of professional practice and some of the basic midwifery clinical skills required via simulated practice.

Teaching and learning methods

This unit has a blended approach to teaching and learning being delivered through online and face to face lectures. It is designed to encourage independent learning and develop the skills required by adult learners in higher education. Through lectures, seminars and e-leaning it will also introduce students to the profession of midwifery past, present and future to understand what is expected of them as students with a professional role. Basic skills will be taught via simulated learning to provide students with the skills and confidence required in practice. There will be an e-learning unit consisting of 10 components related to study skills.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand frameworks such as the QAA Framework for Higher Education and the National Qualifications Framework, to understand the relationship between academic levels and teaching, learning and assignment tasks.
  • Recognise the importance of academic libraries and the wide variety of library and IT resources available to them.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of midwifery as a profession past, present and future.

Intellectual skills

  • Recognise the importance of critical thought to academic work
  • Recognise the importance of reflection to the health and social care professions and its relationship with critical thought
  • Demonstrate emerging strategies for thinking and reading critically

Practical skills

  • Understand what constitutes academic malpractice and take steps to avoid such malpractice.
  • Use the internet to support study while at the same time recognising its pitfalls
  • Undertake a basic literature search using the most current methods
  • Recognise the importance of referencing correctly
  • Be prepared for the challenges of the first placement through basic clinical skills via simulated learning, and completion of the Core Skills Framework (evidenced by Academic Advisor).

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Set exercise 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all undergraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 19
Practical classes & workshops 14
Seminars 9
Tutorials 14
Placement hours
Placement 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 82.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gillian Singleton Unit coordinator

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