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Applied Neonatal Physiology
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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 fetal 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

Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Recommended texts

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & American Heart Association (AHA) (2016). Neonatal resuscitation textbook (7th edn.). AAP & AHA, Chicago. ISBN-13: 978-1-61002-024-4

Blackburn, S.T. (2018). Maternal, fetal, & neonatal physiology: A clinical perspective (5th edn.). Elsevier, St Louis. ISBN:9780323449342

Carlson, B.M.(2014). Human embryology and developmental biology (5th edn.). Elsevier, Philadelphia. Paperback ISBN: 9781455727940

Gardner, S.L., Carter, B.S., Enzman-Hines, M., & Hernandez, J.A. (Eds.)(2016). Handbook of neonatal intensive care (8th edn.). Mosby Elsevier, St Louis. ISBN: 9780323320832

Kain, V., & Mannix, T. (2018). Neonatal Nursing in Australia and New Zealand. Principles for Practice. Elsevier, Chatswood. ISBN: 9780729542609

Co-ordinated by Trish Lowe MACN

Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

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 & fetal 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 fetus 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.

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.