OBSTGYN 713 : Pregnancy and Postnatal Care in the Community

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Common problems of pregnancy for primary care. Includes pregnancy care in the community, obstetric emergencies, common disorders in pregnancy, birth matters, the immediate postpartum period, the newborn.

Course Overview

The course will cover:
- Pregnancy Care in the Community
- Obstetric Emergencies
- Common Disorders in Pregnancy
- Birth and Birth Complications
- Immediate Postpartum Period
- The Newborn

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Course Director: Jason Waugh JWaugh@adhb.govt.nz
Course Administrator: Zoe Au zoe.au@auckland.ac.nz

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate evidence-based practice and understandings to inform the ability to provide healthcare to pregnant women and their newborn infants. (Capability 1.1)
  2. Demonstrate a core set of attributes and values that provide a platform to deliver high quality post-natal care within requirements as set out by specialist colleges and/or postgraduate specialist programmes of study. (Capability 1.2)
  3. Draw on disciplinary knowledge and approaches to critically analyse services identifying strengths and weaknesses and the impact on women’s reproductive health and newborn infants’ health. (Capability 3.1)
  4. Identify recommendations based on high quality evidence for improvements in integrated, community-based approaches to women’s reproductive health care and newborn infants’ health care (Capability 3.3)
  5. Identify and analyse issues, needs and evidence in clinical healthcare systems and settings in order to formulate evidence-based decisions that lead to innovation and improvement in women’s and newborn infants’ health. (Capability 4.1 and 4.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 75% Individual Coursework
Test 25% Individual Test
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week on each 15 point course that they are enrolled in, including class time and personal study and assignment preparation.”.

There will be an audio conference on Tuesdays every fortnightly from 5-7pm. Please refer to CANVAS for audio conference schedules.

Delivery Mode


Study materials are uploaded on Canvas, students are not required to come to the Campus for any teaching.

Six audio conferences are remotely accessible 

MCQ Exam and assignments are also online.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Significant feedback was collected from students and the course has been redeveloped to provide clarity on objectives and expectations.

Other Information

This course involves 6 audio conference, 6 assignments and 1 MCQ exam at the end of the semester.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 06/12/2021 05:34 p.m.