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Applied Neonatal Physiology
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This is the foundational neonatal unit of study. The purpose of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of fetal, neonatal and maternal physiology and pathophysiology, and to apply this theory to practice. An overview of embryological, fetal and neonatal growth and development is provided. Students are also guided through the processes of neonatal transition and adaptation. The concepts of oxygenation, thermoregulation and metabolism are discussed in relation to maternal and neonatal health in the early newborn period. These concepts underpin the neonatal clinician’s ability to provide evidence based neonatal care.

Applied Neonatal Physiology
Unit of study code 071
Availability 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 While there are no prescribed textbooks for this unit, the following are highly recommended sources of contemporary information.

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

Carlson, B.M. (2019). Human embryology and developmental biology (6th ed.). Saunders. ISBN: 9780323523752

Gardner, S.L., Carter, B.S., Enzman-Hines, M., Niermeyer, S. (Eds.) (2020). Merenstein & Gardner’s Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care. An Interprofessional Approach (9th ed.). Mosby Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323569033

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

Weiner, G.M., & Zaichkin, J. (Eds.) (2021). American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association- Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation (8th ed.). American Academy of Pediatrics. ISBN-13: 978-1-61002-524-9

Co-ordinated by Trish Lowe MACN
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After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
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Theme 1: Embryonic and fetal development a) examine homeostasis, and models of behavioural organisation and development in the neonatal care context Assessment 1: Formative (compulsory). Initial written response 5% 2
Theme 2: Antenatal considerations b) evaluate the impact of psychosocial assessment, on the provision of culturally safe and respectful antenatal care for vulnerable families Assessment 2: Multiple choice quiz 10% 4
Theme 3: Transition from fetus to neonate c) distinguish between normal and altered embryonic and fetal development, transition and adaptation Assessment 3: Essay no. 1 or Essay no. 2 (alt.) 40% 6
d) analyse the relationship between maternal and neonatal health outcomes Assessment 4: Online discussion 5% 8
e) appraise the specialist knowledge and contemporary literature relating to pregnancy and birth physiology and pathophysiology Assessment 5: Essay or Case analysis (alt.) 40% 10

Applied Neonatal Physiology (071) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price2024 Member price (10% discount)2024 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,196.00$2,440.00$2,310.00$2,565.00
Tier 2$2,506.50$2,785.00$2,630.00$2,925.00
Tier 3$2,947.50$3,275.00$3,095.00$3,440.00
Tier 4$3,523.50$3,915.00$3,700.00$4,110.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.