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Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education


NW7016 [Module]

Examination of the newborn

Academic Level:

7 (Postgraduate)

30 Credits

This module can contribute to the following programmes

Intake Dates

Start Date 

07 Nov 2023 (Intake Closed)

Apply by: 24 Oct 2023



07 Nov 2023 (On Campus) | 14 Nov 2023 (On Campus) | 21 Nov 2023 (Online) | 28 Nov 2023 (Online) | 05 Dec 2023 (Online) | 12 Dec 2023 (Online) | 19 Dec 2023 (Online) | 09 Jan 2024 (On Campus) | 16 Jan 2024 (Online) | 23 Jan 2024 (On Campus)

Course details

This is an option module within the MSc Healthcare Practice programme and may also be taken as a free-standing module. It will enable midwives and other registered healthcare professionals to explore issues related to examination and assessment of the newborn baby. The module is designed to enable participants to develop competence which will lead to autonomous practice in the examination and assessment of the newborn, and to make appropriate referral in accordance with the Newborn & Infant Physical Examination Standards 2021.



The module will enable students to develop expert practice in undertaking examination and assessment of the newborn baby’s wellbeing.


What and how you will learn on this module


How you will learn:

This module is delivered using a blended learning approach which integrates a variety of on-campus and online activities, supported by Canvas, the University’s virtual learning environment. A complementary range of activities are employed to engage you in the critical exploration of key topic areas, and the completion of formative tasks during the module also helps to keep you on track with the learning and gain feedback on your understanding of the content. A sense of community is developed and maintained with frequent opportunities for peer learning, enabling you to share your practice experiences and to learn from each other. Level 6 and level 7 students taking this module may be taught together.

Academic writing and critical thinking skills are developed through ‘The Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit’ and other academic practice activities embedded within the module, that have been designed to nurture the skills needed to facilitate you to become a thoughtful, objective and reasoned thinker. This will help you tackle the assignment(s) confidently, understand marking criteria, use evidence, take a reasoned approach, make structured arguments and engage with other points of view. 


What you will learn:

• Adaptation to extra uterine life

• Newborn physiology – biological and behavioural

• Effects of maternal health and disease

   o    Substance/alcohol abuse

   o    Hypertension and Cardiac disease

   o    Haematological disorders

   o    Infection

   o    Immunological disorders

   o    Diabetes

• Fetal development and genetics

• Systematic examination and assessment of the newborn

• Systematic examination and assessment at 6-8 weeks

• Communication issues

• Health promotion

• Ethical/legal issues – consent, accountability, child protection, documentation

• Overview of national assessment and screening.


Academic practice

• Database searching

• Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

• Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit.


Course length: 10 Teaching Days



Case review (4000) and Competency assessment document


Learning outcomes

Articulate a deep and systematic understanding of neonatal adaptation and physiology related to examination and assessment of the newborn.

Critically discuss the implications of maternal health and disease on the developing fetus and / or newborn in relation to the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination.

Autonomously perform in-depth and systematic examination and assessment of the newborn to confirm wellbeing, whilst maintaining sphere of practice and demonstrate evidence of clear documentation.

Demonstrate mastery of the skills required for effective communication with parents and members of the multi-professional team and provide evidence of clear documentation of examination of and assessment of the newborn in accordance with the Newborn & Infant Physical Examination Standards 2021.

Critically analyse and evaluate professional, legal and ethical dimensions within the examination and assessment of the newborn.

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and the ability to refer promptly and directly to the appropriate professional when a potential problem is identified in accordance with the Newborn & Infant Screening Standards 2021.

Course Information


Course Leader



Course delivery

Kingston WFD Admissions Team

Hazel Ransome & Tina Woodford

Blended Learning. On-Campus sessions subject to change. If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.


Course pre-requisites

Programme entry requirements.

Co-requisites: Applicants must be working in an appropriate clinical area caring for newborn babies.




Self-funding students will need to make a one-off payment for the module via our secure payment portal before the online enrolment process.


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