This is the foundational neonatal unit of study. The purpose of this unit of study is for students to develop greater understanding of normal physiology which will in turn facilitate the development of advanced clinical assessment skills. This is achieved by providing essential grounding in embryological and neonatal development and physiology. Students are guided through the processes involved in foetal to neonatal transition and adaptation. The concepts of oxygenation, thermoregulation and metabolism are discussed in relation to the early neonatal period. These concepts underpin the neonatal clinician’s ability to interpret clinical assessment findings for both term and pre-term infants.
|Applied Neonatal Physiology|
|Unit of study code||071|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care
GC single unit of study
|Hours of study||150|
|Recommended texts||American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & American Heart Association (AHA) 2016, Neonatal resuscitation textbook, 7th edn, Author, Chicago.
Blackburn, ST 2018, Maternal fetal and neonatal physiology: A clinical perspective, 5th edn, Saunders, St Louis.
Carlson, B 2014, Human embryology and developmental biology, 5th edn, Elsevier, Philadelphia.
Gardner, SL, Carter, BS, Enzman-Hines, M & Hernandez, JA (eds) 2016, Handbook of neonatal intensive care, 8th edn., Mosby Elsevier, St Louis.
|Co-ordinated by||Trish Lowe MACN|
|Content||Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
|Type of assessment
Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)
(% of total marks)
|When assessed – academic week
(e.g. Week 8)
|Theme 1: Embryonic & foetal development & homeostasis||a) examine homeostasis, models of neonatal behavioural organisation and developmental care||Assessment 1: Online discussion – the impact of developmental care on neonatal outcomes||5%||3|
|Theme 2: Antenatal considerations||b) evaluate psychosocial screening and assessment, and trans-cultural issues in the provision of antenatal care to vulnerable families||Assessment 2: Online quiz – fetal anatomy and physiology||10%||4|
|Theme 3: Transition from foetus to neonate||c) distinguish between normal and altered embryonic and fetal development||Assessment 3: Essay – hereditability, gene-environment interaction, epigenetics and neonatal care||35%||6|
|d) analyse antenatal considerations including the impact of maternal health on pregnancy and the neonate||Assessment 4: Essay – the impact of maternal illness on fetal development and neonatal transition||50%||10|
|e) appraise evidence based specialist knowledge and explore the physiology and patho-physiology of pregnancy and birth|
|f) evaluate current neonatal, midwifery and obstetric care using multiple modes of inquiry|
|g) discuss normal and altered transition from fetus to neonate.|
Applied Neonatal Physiology (071) is a Tier 1 unit.
|Tiers||2019 Non-member price||2019 Member price (10% discount)||2020 Non-member price||2020 Member price (10% discount)|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.