Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students will examine the beginnings of life from conception through to the first 28 days following birth and builds on the earlier clinical and theoretical exposure to the normal newborn. The subject is designed to encourage the student to develop further understanding of the conditions associated with the 'at risk' infant. The student will have the opportunity to acquire and develop the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and give appropriate care for the 'at risk', sick or premature infant. They will explore issues relation to parenting for health infants and infants who have complex needs due to pathology. Students build upon interpersonal skills when examining concepts of attachment, grief and loss. The relationships between maternal conditions and the effects on the infant, the impact to the health industry, local community and society surrounding the birth of a premature or abnormal infant are also considered.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorJacqueline McGregor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MID2PNC


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects MID31NEO

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMerenstein and Gardner's handbook of neonatal intensive careRecommendedGardner,S L, Carter, B, Enzman-Hines, M I and Hernandez, J A, eds, 20117TH EDN, MOSBY
ReadingsNeonatology at a glanceRecommendedLissauer, T and Fanaroff, A A, eds, 2006WILEY-BLACKWELL

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJacqueline McGregor

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site
One 30.0 days placement - off site per study period and delivered via blended.
"Students complete 160-hours of clinical practicum."

Problem Based Learning
One 1.0 hours problem based learning per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via blended.
"Students complete a total of 30 hours of a combination of face-to-face learning with online modules."

Independent Research
One 1.0 hours independent research per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students complete an additional 22-hours of independent investigation."


Assessment elementComments%
One 1,500-word assignment20
one 2,500-word case studyHurdle Requirement: Students must pass all assessment items and clinical to obtain a pass in this unit.30
one 3-hour written examinationClinical assessment of problem-solving, psychomotor and communication skills and professional development in line with the ANMC competencies.50