Midwifery

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Fundamentals of Hygiene

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1GHYIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Basic terminology (bacteriology, virology, parasitology) and the fields of hygiene and infection control, environmental health and hygiene and epidemiology. Measures to prevent infection - prophylaxis, vaccinations/ immunizations, antisepsis, disinfection/sterilization. nosocomial infections and hygiene in hospitals, environmental hygiene, water quality control and waste disposal.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Medicine 1

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to name the fundamental interrelationships of structures, functions and diseases of the human body and to use appropriate biomedical science systems and terminology to describe them. They learn to understand the morphological and functional interrelationships of a healthy body and the development of disease. They learn to effectively meet standards of hygiene. The students are capable of naming organs of the female reproductive system and likewise the mechanical and physiological processes of movement and discussing their function.

Health Care and Communication

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1PUKIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2.5
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

History of medicine and health care, introduction to nursing science, models and theories of health care. Fundamental duties as caregiver, bodily functions, vital signs, state of consciousness, hygiene in practice, disinfection and sterilization. Introduction to kinaesthetics and practical application in care of infants and mothers.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Midwifery

Module description:

Students are capable of explaining basic physiological concepts and underlying processes of pregnancy, birth, a newborn baby and breastfeeding. They learn to name aspects of care provided by a midwife as a basis to infer and carry out concepts of practical care. They become capable of communicating professionally in all areas. They become competent at naming, documenting and giving a basic analysis of their observations. The students learn to reflect on the challenges of parenthood within the overall context of society. From a personal as well as outside perspective self-reflection enables the students to communicate their expectations in regard to their role and the typical challenges as a midwife student in practical training.

Human Biology and Pathology

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1HBPVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 5
ECTS Credits 5
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, histology and pathology (structure, function and disease). The organ systems are the guiding structure of this course. From the cell, to tissue, to the organs; cardiovascular system, nervous system, respiratory tract, kidneys and urinary system, musculoskeletal system, organs of the lymph system, the gastrointestinal tract, reproductive organs, skin, sensory organs, endocrine organs.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Medicine 1

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to name the fundamental interrelationships of structures, functions and diseases of the human body and to use appropriate biomedical science systems and terminology to describe them. They learn to understand the morphological and functional interrelationships of a healthy body and the development of disease. They learn to effectively meet standards of hygiene. The students are capable of naming organs of the female reproductive system and likewise the mechanical and physiological processes of movement and discussing their function.

Introduction to Pregnancy, Birth, the Newborn Baby and Breastfeeding

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1SGNIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 5
ECTS Credits 6
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Introduction to the psychosocial processes of pregnancy and their professional relevance to practical and theoretical diagnostics and therapy, introduction to medical history interviews, health screening during pregnancy and psychosocial factors influencing parents, introduction to grief counselling and pregnancies of unfortunate outcome, correct documentation and communication as a midwife.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Midwifery

Module description:

Students are capable of explaining basic physiological concepts and underlying processes of pregnancy, birth, a newborn baby and breastfeeding. They learn to name aspects of care provided by a midwife as a basis to infer and carry out concepts of practical care. They become capable of communicating professionally in all areas. They become competent at naming, documenting and giving a basic analysis of their observations. The students learn to reflect on the challenges of parenthood within the overall context of society. From a personal as well as outside perspective self-reflection enables the students to communicate their expectations in regard to their role and the typical challenges as a midwife student in practical training.

Introduction to the Profession

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1EIBIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 3
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Historical developments, current challenges and emerging developments in midwifery, theory-supported basic understanding of the occupational profile and areas of application, introduction to theories of midwifery, cultural analysis as a method of reflection, introduction to scientific work using a term paper as an example.

Superior module:

Becoming a Midwife

Module description:

Students are capable of naming historical, legal and practical aspects of work as a midwife, gain first experience working with databanks professionally relevant for scientific research and learn to utilize basic principles of scientific research. They become capable of reflecting on the complexity of their current personal situation in terms of personal developmental processes in their chosen profession and can apply their knowledge within this context.

Physiology for Midwives

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1PYHVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 4
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Detailed anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system and pelvis. Functional processes of movement, interrelationship of systems in the pelvic area - movement - position - breathing. Anatomy in vivo as specifically needed by midwifes. The interrelationship of the mechanics and dynamics of the musculoskeletal system and oxygen supply including resultant organ function in vivo. Introduction to endocrinology and the reproductive cycle as well as metabolism. Fundamental concepts of biophysics, biochemistry and radiology.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Medicine 1

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to name the fundamental interrelationships of structures, functions and diseases of the human body and to use appropriate biomedical science systems and terminology to describe them. They learn to understand the morphological and functional interrelationships of a healthy body and the development of disease. They learn to effectively meet standards of hygiene. The students are capable of naming organs of the female reproductive system and likewise the mechanical and physiological processes of movement and discussing their function.

Professional Practical Training 1

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1BPRIT
Type IT
Kind Internship (S)
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 7.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Students become acquainted with the work of a midwife and collect their first experiences in an actual working situation. Observation of and partial care of expectant and young familes in the obstetrics unit. Theory as well as midwife interventions studied thus far are put into practice in a clinical setting and monitored by a supervisor

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 1

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to carry out basic delivery room care duties, to observe women giving birth and assist in giving instructions on breathing and relaxation methods. Basic nursing care can be performed correctly, care of the mother and baby can be carried under guidance. Students can begin to put the theory of midwifery diagnostics into practice. Skills are practiced, personal boundaries of proficiency are taken note of and consequences appropriate to the situation are taken. Students become capable of preparing training protocols according to §3Abs.3 Zi.4 FH-Heb-AV and to work with the requirements of the course of study in accordance with the University of Applied Sciences practical training handbook.

Psychosocial Developmental Processes

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1PEPRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 1.5
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Psychosocial processes during the orientation phase in the areas of self-awareness and work-related professional parallels. Birth as an existential experience; emotional turmoil and safeguards, commitment, stress and pacification; fear and handling fear, transference, projection and identification; Fundamental concepts of communication in theory and practice (small groups).

Superior module:

Becoming a Midwife

Module description:

Students are capable of naming historical, legal and practical aspects of work as a midwife, gain first experience working with databanks professionally relevant for scientific research and learn to utilize basic principles of scientific research. They become capable of reflecting on the complexity of their current personal situation in terms of personal developmental processes in their chosen profession and can apply their knowledge within this context.

Tutorial: Professional Practical Training for Midwives 1

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB1BPRRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0.5
ECTS Credits 0.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical training is prepared for, monitored and followed up on. Individual training and discussions are held as well as supervision in small groups. Transfer days aim at deepening the student’s learning experience and easing assimilation and placement. To this purpose case studies supplied by the students are professionally studied and discussed in the form of supervision. The roles one played and experiences made are likewise covered.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 1

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to carry out basic delivery room care duties, to observe women giving birth and assist in giving instructions on breathing and relaxation methods. Basic nursing care can be performed correctly, care of the mother and baby can be carried under guidance. Students can begin to put the theory of midwifery diagnostics into practice. Skills are practiced, personal boundaries of proficiency are taken note of and consequences appropriate to the situation are taken. Students become capable of preparing training protocols according to §3Abs.3 Zi.4 FH-Heb-AV and to work with the requirements of the course of study in accordance with the University of Applied Sciences practical training handbook.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB2GPHVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 1.5
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Definitions, terminology, legal basis, pharmacopoeia, phases of drug development, drug testing on humans, mandatory labelling, prescription requirement, traffic in narcotic drugs, general pharmacology, Austrian codex, Vidal: Physicochemical fundamentals of pharmacology, units of measure in practice, factors of pharmacological properties, interrelationship of application and absorption, drug metabolism in the organism, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, introduction to the vegetative nervous system, mode of action of: Anti-inflammatories, allergy medication, psycho-pharmaceuticals, etc.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Medicine 2

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to name the regular course of embryology and its relevance to the further course of the pregnancy and for midwifery. They are familiar with the terminology and interpretation of cardiotography results and can discuss how contractions and initiation of birth are regulated. They are capable of explaining the fundamental physiological adaptations of the maternal and fetal bodies during and after birth as well as using their clinical observations, vital signs and laboratory diagnostics to implement diagnostic options. The students are capable of discussing the legal and pharmacological fundamentals in the use of medications both in general as well as midwife-oriented. They can give a well-founded description of gynaecological physiology and deviations from the norm, are familiar with basic diagnostic options and can assis

Gynaecology 1

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB2GYNVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character final

Lecture content:

History of gynaecology, menstrual anomalies, deformations of the genital organs, diseases of the external genitals, vagina, uterus, the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Gynaecological consultation: Examinations, smear test, breast exam

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Medicine 2

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to name the regular course of embryology and its relevance to the further course of the pregnancy and for midwifery. They are familiar with the terminology and interpretation of cardiotography results and can discuss how contractions and initiation of birth are regulated. They are capable of explaining the fundamental physiological adaptations of the maternal and fetal bodies during and after birth as well as using their clinical observations, vital signs and laboratory diagnostics to implement diagnostic options. The students are capable of discussing the legal and pharmacological fundamentals in the use of medications both in general as well as midwife-oriented. They can give a well-founded description of gynaecological physiology and deviations from the norm, are familiar with basic diagnostic options and can assis

Introduction to Obstetric Medicine

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB2GEMVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character final

Lecture content:

CTG in theory and practice, the physiology of contractions, normal and abnormal development of the placenta and its obstetric significance, the effect of the birth process on maternal physiology and on the fetus, laboratory diagnostics in the delivery ward.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Medicine 2

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to name the regular course of embryology and its relevance to the further course of the pregnancy and for midwifery. They are familiar with the terminology and interpretation of cardiotography results and can discuss how contractions and initiation of birth are regulated. They are capable of explaining the fundamental physiological adaptations of the maternal and fetal bodies during and after birth as well as using their clinical observations, vital signs and laboratory diagnostics to implement diagnostic options. The students are capable of discussing the legal and pharmacological fundamentals in the use of medications both in general as well as midwife-oriented. They can give a well-founded description of gynaecological physiology and deviations from the norm, are familiar with basic diagnostic options and can assis

Postpartum Phase 1

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB2PPPIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 5.5
ECTS Credits 5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

History and physiology of the postpartum lying in period, intercultural comparison, concept of integrative care and support during this period, bonding and building up a relationship. The mother-father-child triad, breastfeeding and thriving, special breastfeeding situations, parental infant care, infant needs, physical examinations of the (healthy) newborn during the first weeks following birth, newborn reanimation, infections, prophylactics and immunizations, introduction to the systems theory. Practical exercises in small groups for theory covered.

Superior module:

The Postpartum Phase

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students to describe their knowledge of the period following childbirth, of newborns including respective diagnoses and midwife interventions and to support their arguments with evidence-based justifications. They are capable of differentiating in their examination of newborns and professionally attending to their development in the first weeks of life. As they do so parents or key contact persons are given appropriate instruction as needed incorporating information on the advantages of breastfeeding during counseling of the family. The regular course of development is thereby distinguished from an irregular course. The significance of differing perceptions and and language use as a basis for professional work can be described and implemented. Students are capable of in depth discussion of professionally relevant aspects as well as influencing measures and supportive requirements of developmental psychology. Students are capable of listing current nutritional recommendations while breastfeeding as well as age-appropriate nutritional recommendations for children up to age one, of sensitively giving counselling well-grounded in theory during follow-up care and to convey such information in a client-oriented manner. The students can give systematic and evidence-based counselling to assist during breastfeeding.

Professional Practical Training 2

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB2BPRIT
Type IT
Kind Internship (S)
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 13.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical implementation of previously taught theory according to target objectives is continually built up upon, deepened and practiced in the practical training positions. Admission and care of women giving birth, construing and interpreting a CTG, vaginal examination, care of a newborn. Counselling, instruction, care and monitoring of new mothers and newborns, breastfeeding instruction. Care, monitoring and nursing in the hospital of pregnant women with special problems: Performance of pregnancy check-ups.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 2

Module description:

Students deepen their practical delivery room skills respective to the catalogue of learning objectives (FH-Heb-AV, attachment 5 as implemented in the course of study’s practical training handbook) and following an introduction to work on a ward, are deployed in the prenatal and postpartum departments. In addition to becoming acquainted with the many facets of midwifery practical work in a clinical setting, the students are capable of putting the second semester theoretical content into practice while laying great value on patient-oriented anamnestic and advisory communications as well as reflection. They can document their learning success via written assignments.

The Normal Birth 1

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB2RRGIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 3.5
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Obstetric patient history, the physiology of contractions, birth mechanisms, phases of birth, physiological mechanisms of birth, fetal reflexes and role in the birthing process, birth positions, introduction to the Caesarean section. Care during dilation, pushing and birth, postpartum phase, vaginal examination, birthing pain, injuries during birth, introduction to anesthesia, placenta and placenta anomalies, models and philosophies of care, interventions by the midwife: vital sign parameters, monitoring of contractions and infant heart rate, psychosocial consultation, support of birth physiology, advancement of conditions supportive of birth, closeness-distance-intimacy, effectiveness of attitudes, in depth study of a midwife's professional role, standard procedures in the obstetric unit of the university clinic for gynaecology at the Paracelsus Private Medical University of Salzburg. Tutorial: In small groups - Interventions by midwives and diagnostic procedures

Superior module:

Pregnancy and Birth 1

Module description:

Students are able to describe the physiological, psychological and physical developmental processes during pregnancy according to aspects of salutogenesis. The intrauterine development of the child and the respective prenatal psychological concepts can be discussed. Students gain competency in carrying out a client centered and individual-based patient history interview, identifying problems that cannot be clearly classified and inferring initial midwife diagnoses. Students learn to debate the importance of consulting expenctant families in an empathetic and culturally sensitive manner. Upon completion of this course students are able to describe the course of a normal birth including hormonal and neuroanatomical regulatory mechanisms and with guidance can in practice professionally attend to a birth with continual and appropriate monitoring of the woman and child befitting of the situation and patient needs. Students are capable of using professional communication, they acquire basic competencies in dealing with personal uncertainty and the complexness of hospital structures. Additionally, they can precisely state their professional role under increasing inclusion of social and psychological factors of influence. Students are able to describe theoretical approaches to the position of a midwife.

The Physiology of Pregnancy

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB2SSPIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 4.5
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Conception, embryology and fetology, intrauterine development, prenatal psychology, in depth physiology of pregnancy, metabolic changes including gestational diabetes, diseases and complications of a normal pregnancy. How to introduce, gather patient history and carry out the initial examination for evidence-based preventive care during pregnancy including professional communication, screenings and PND, accurate documentation, pair dynamics during pregnancy, the process of change in an expectant mother, tutorials in small groups.

Superior module:

Pregnancy and Birth 1

Module description:

Students are able to describe the physiological, psychological and physical developmental processes during pregnancy according to aspects of salutogenesis. The intrauterine development of the child and the respective prenatal psychological concepts can be discussed. Students gain competency in carrying out a client centered and individual-based patient history interview, identifying problems that cannot be clearly classified and inferring initial midwife diagnoses. Students learn to debate the importance of consulting expenctant families in an empathetic and culturally sensitive manner. Upon completion of this course students are able to describe the course of a normal birth including hormonal and neuroanatomical regulatory mechanisms and with guidance can in practice professionally attend to a birth with continual and appropriate monitoring of the woman and child befitting of the situation and patient needs. Students are capable of using professional communication, they acquire basic competencies in dealing with personal uncertainty and the complexness of hospital structures. Additionally, they can precisely state their professional role under increasing inclusion of social and psychological factors of influence. Students are able to describe theoretical approaches to the position of a midwife.

Tutorial: Professional Practical Training 2

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code HEBB2BPRRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0.5
ECTS Credits 0.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical training is prepared for, monitored and followed up on. Individual training and discussions are held as well as supervision in small groups. Transfer days aim at deepening the student’s learning experience and easing assimilation and placement. To this purpose case studies supplied by the students are professionally studied and discussed in the form of supervision. The roles one played and experiences made are likewise covered.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 2

Module description:

Students deepen their practical delivery room skills respective to the catalogue of learning objectives (FH-Heb-AV, attachment 5 as implemented in the course of study’s practical training handbook) and following an introduction to work on a ward, are deployed in the prenatal and postpartum departments. In addition to becoming acquainted with the many facets of midwifery practical work in a clinical setting, the students are capable of putting the second semester theoretical content into practice while laying great value on patient-oriented anamnestic and advisory communications as well as reflection. They can document their learning success via written assignments.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Approaches to Scientific Methods

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3MWAIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 3
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Three-step method: grounds, example, introduction to statistics, comparing studies, case solutions using diverse sources, formulating a professionally relevant research question for the first bachelor thesis, compiling an exposé, systematic analysis of scientific results.

Superior module:

Specific Methods

Module description:

Students are able to develop job-related concepts dealing with prevention and implement them, for example in the project “Midwives in Schools”. They are capable of identifying practical and theoretical problem areas, infer aims, describe suitable research methods and conduct research appropriately. They are capable of autonomously writing scientific essays (bachelor thesis) of professional content as well as the corresponding exposés and can write about their own professional deliberations or compose factual reports in a clear and comprehensible manner. Students can describe and compare the most common models of quality management. The importance of quality management and quality control can be inferred with reference to future professional development and implemented in practice.

Gynaecology 2

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3GYNVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Sexually transmitted disease, endometriosis, tumours, gynaecological operations, sterility and infertility, contraception, assisted fertility, pathology of early pregnancy, the cycles in the life of a woman and other gynaecological topics

Superior module:

The Context of Being a Woman

Module description:

Students are capable of naming the challenges in developmental psychology, the interrelationship between individual experiences and the social context as well as the resultant interactions and consequences of being a woman. The roles females play and their role models can be linked to inner psychological insights. Students are capable of recognizing diseases afflicting women during pregnancy and can describe the consequences for the further course of pregnancy, the fetus and birth and can name possible therapies. Common gynaecological conditions can be described and contraceptive measures as well as preventative and screening programs can be named and discussed.

Methods and Didactics of Prevention

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3MDPIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2.5
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Principles of pedagogy and didactics, adult education and methods, models of prevention, processes in group dynamics, peer consulting and problem solving in a group, development of age-appropriate concepts on the topics of pregnancy, birth and parenthood and an introduction to midwifery work with children and youths of all age groups, presentation techniques and communication skills: personal appearance and speaking before a group, preparation and design of a presentation, beginning a conversation, structuring content according to target group, comprehensibility, dealing with critical moments, effect of body language, 5-sentence speech model, dealing with fear and stress before groups.

Superior module:

Specific Methods

Module description:

Students are able to develop job-related concepts dealing with prevention and implement them, for example in the project “Midwives in Schools”. They are capable of identifying practical and theoretical problem areas, infer aims, describe suitable research methods and conduct research appropriately. They are capable of autonomously writing scientific essays (bachelor thesis) of professional content as well as the corresponding exposés and can write about their own professional deliberations or compose factual reports in a clear and comprehensible manner. Students can describe and compare the most common models of quality management. The importance of quality management and quality control can be inferred with reference to future professional development and implemented in practice.

Naturopathic Medicine

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3HKWIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 1.5
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Identification and application of herbal medicine, use of home remedies, introduction to homeopathy, aromatherapy, overview of alternative medicine methods, practical implementation.

Superior module:

Pregnancy and Birth 2

Module description:

Students are capable of positively influencing the physiological birthing process via specific midwifery diagnoses and interventions. They can completely attend to a standard birth including perineal protection and child development aspects. Thereby they can give specific information on necessary steps and conduct themselves in an empathetic and appreciative manner. Students attain self-certainty in the counselling of expectant parents and can give evidence-based recommendations. They have thorough understanding of the psychological, biological, neurophysiological and social interrelationships during pregnancy and birth. This enables them to give parents resource-oriented and coherently meaningful and bolstering support. The students are familiar with the potential and limitations of evidence-based use of naturopathic medicine in their profession.

Normal Birth 2

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3RRGIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 3
ECTS Credits 2.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Managing the dilation, pushing and placenta expulsion phases, perineal protection measures and development of the child, bonding, upright childbearing positions, motivation and instruction of a woman giving birth; obstructed labour and its specific measures of avoidance/manipulation, cultural and conceptual approaches to birth, birth and salutogenesis, special obstetric situations such as midwife support during primary or secondary Caesareans, premature rupture of membranes, still birth, labour induction, specific pharmaceuticals and their indications, communication in an interdisciplinary team, clarification of roles, practical implementation in small groups.

Superior module:

Pregnancy and Birth 2

Module description:

Students are capable of positively influencing the physiological birthing process via specific midwifery diagnoses and interventions. They can completely attend to a standard birth including perineal protection and child development aspects. Thereby they can give specific information on necessary steps and conduct themselves in an empathetic and appreciative manner. Students attain self-certainty in the counselling of expectant parents and can give evidence-based recommendations. They have thorough understanding of the psychological, biological, neurophysiological and social interrelationships during pregnancy and birth. This enables them to give parents resource-oriented and coherently meaningful and bolstering support. The students are familiar with the potential and limitations of evidence-based use of naturopathic medicine in their profession.

Pathology of Pregnancy

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3SSPVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Pathology of pregnancy, pathology of the embryonic phase, maternal diseases during pregnancy, pathology of contractions and tendency towards premature birth, rhesus factor constellation and pathology, pregnancy specific pharmaceuticals, dealing with prenatal diagnoses, introduction to ultrasound techniques, fundamentals of fetal medicine.

Superior module:

The Context of Being a Woman

Module description:

Students are capable of naming the challenges in developmental psychology, the interrelationship between individual experiences and the social context as well as the resultant interactions and consequences of being a woman. The roles females play and their role models can be linked to inner psychological insights. Students are capable of recognizing diseases afflicting women during pregnancy and can describe the consequences for the further course of pregnancy, the fetus and birth and can name possible therapies. Common gynaecological conditions can be described and contraceptive measures as well as preventative and screening programs can be named and discussed.

Pregnancy and Counselling

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3SSBIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2.5
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Hormonal and neuroanatomical regulatory mechanisms of pregnancy, dealing with complicated birth processes, advanced counselling techniques, problem solving, systematic interpersonal communication skills, Rogerien rhetorical approach. Current nutritional recommendations during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, age-appropriate recommendations for children up to age one, advanced developmental psychology and feeding disorders, counselling during pregnancy check-ups, parental stress, determining factors and central skills of successful communication, hospital communications, counselling mandates and target groups, counselling setting, sphere of ownness concept, life situations, practical implementation in small groups

Superior module:

Pregnancy and Birth 2

Module description:

Students are capable of positively influencing the physiological birthing process via specific midwifery diagnoses and interventions. They can completely attend to a standard birth including perineal protection and child development aspects. Thereby they can give specific information on necessary steps and conduct themselves in an empathetic and appreciative manner. Students attain self-certainty in the counselling of expectant parents and can give evidence-based recommendations. They have thorough understanding of the psychological, biological, neurophysiological and social interrelationships during pregnancy and birth. This enables them to give parents resource-oriented and coherently meaningful and bolstering support. The students are familiar with the potential and limitations of evidence-based use of naturopathic medicine in their profession.

Professional Practical Training 3

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3BPRIT
Type IT
Kind Internship (S)
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 11
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical implementation of previously taught theory according to target objectives is continually built up upon, deepened and practiced in the practical training positions. In addition to obstetric practical training, students take part in practical training sessions at the gynaecology clinic, in the gynaecology operating room and neonatal intensive ward. Various visits and internships to professionally relevant facilities deepen their knowledge.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 3

Module description:

Students are able to completely attend to women during a standard birth, of making diagnoses and carrying out interventions within the scope of midwife competency and to use evidence-based argumentation. In other words they can implement therapeutic procedures of midwifery. Students are able to document counselling and health care procedures as well as analyse and evaluate results. They are capable of acting conform to ethical and job related legal principles. They become increasingly capable of emphatically attending to parents during difficult perinatal situations, attain self-certainty in appreciative, authentic and professional contact with families and medical personnel in all fields.

Quality Assurance and Quality Development

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3QQMVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Discourse: Quality – quality consciousness – quality in a societal construct; Introduction to the most common models of quality management (ISO, EFQM, TQM, etc.) and critical examination in terms of feasibility, Donabedian model of quality dimensions in health care, quality principles of quality management and key criteria of each quality dimension in health sectors. Midwifery specific documentation of quality assurance.

Superior module:

Specific Methods

Module description:

Students are able to develop job-related concepts dealing with prevention and implement them, for example in the project “Midwives in Schools”. They are capable of identifying practical and theoretical problem areas, infer aims, describe suitable research methods and conduct research appropriately. They are capable of autonomously writing scientific essays (bachelor thesis) of professional content as well as the corresponding exposés and can write about their own professional deliberations or compose factual reports in a clear and comprehensible manner. Students can describe and compare the most common models of quality management. The importance of quality management and quality control can be inferred with reference to future professional development and implemented in practice.

Topics Specifically for Women

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3FSTIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 4
ECTS Credits 2.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Developmental psychology, biography work, archetypes, myths about mothers, motherhood in a sociocultural context, realistic image of women, gender and diversity, patterns in partnership and relationships, professional relevance of domestic violence, self-reflection, working with disappointment (resource work), hierarchy, regression, ambivalence, introduction to the theory of group dynamics, further studies on transference

Superior module:

The Context of Being a Woman

Module description:

Students are capable of naming the challenges in developmental psychology, the interrelationship between individual experiences and the social context as well as the resultant interactions and consequences of being a woman. The roles females play and their role models can be linked to inner psychological insights. Students are capable of recognizing diseases afflicting women during pregnancy and can describe the consequences for the further course of pregnancy, the fetus and birth and can name possible therapies. Common gynaecological conditions can be described and contraceptive measures as well as preventative and screening programs can be named and discussed.

Tutorial: Professional Practical Training 3

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB3BPRRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0.5
ECTS Credits 0.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical training is prepared for, monitored and followed up on. Individual training and discussions are held as well as supervision in small groups. Transfer days aim at deepening the student’s learning experience and easing assimilation and placement. To this purpose case studies supplied by the students are professionally studied and discussed in the form of supervision. The roles one played and experiences made are likewise covered.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 3

Module description:

Students are able to completely attend to women during a standard birth, of making diagnoses and carrying out interventions within the scope of midwife competency and to use evidence-based argumentation. In other words they can implement therapeutic procedures of midwifery. Students are able to document counselling and health care procedures as well as analyse and evaluate results. They are capable of acting conform to ethical and job related legal principles. They become increasingly capable of emphatically attending to parents during difficult perinatal situations, attain self-certainty in appreciative, authentic and professional contact with families and medical personnel in all fields.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Interdisciplinary Case Work

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB4IFAIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Central problems of professional relevance based on case studies are discussed, reflected on and presented in an interdisciplinary group.

Superior module:

Midwifery Family Care

Module description:

Students are capable of attending to developments during the period following birth in a professional manner. The setting-specific challenges can be identified and treated accordingly. Their knowledge of breastfeeding counselling can be implemented suitably according to the situation and needs. They are capable of regionally applying and discussing the significance of midwifery and networking. Students can give counselling on questions typically asked during the first year of life; can describe and discuss evidence-based concepts of prenatal care in various settings; can professionally carry out informative or educational conversations and build up mutual trust to the patient and/or family members taking cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values into consideration. Students are capable of conveying an overview of Austria’s health system as well as the intra and extramural contributions of preventive medicine. They are familiar with the financial assessment of health and life, the organisational structure and operational procedures of a hospital. They can name the jurisdiction of related professions and take necessary measures based on multi-professional cooperation using communicative and organisational skills.

Parent Education 1

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB4ELBIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 4
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Research-based comparison of goals, concepts, possibilities and limitations of various concepts of preparing for birth, methods and didactics of parent education, concepts of bodywork, information and topics of conversation, considerations in the areas of education, counselling and supervision of parents by the midwife from a multi-perspective viewpoint, essential and in depth information, opportunities for a couple’s relationship.

Superior module:

Midwifery Family Care

Module description:

Students are capable of attending to developments during the period following birth in a professional manner. The setting-specific challenges can be identified and treated accordingly. Their knowledge of breastfeeding counselling can be implemented suitably according to the situation and needs. They are capable of regionally applying and discussing the significance of midwifery and networking. Students can give counselling on questions typically asked during the first year of life; can describe and discuss evidence-based concepts of prenatal care in various settings; can professionally carry out informative or educational conversations and build up mutual trust to the patient and/or family members taking cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values into consideration. Students are capable of conveying an overview of Austria’s health system as well as the intra and extramural contributions of preventive medicine. They are familiar with the financial assessment of health and life, the organisational structure and operational procedures of a hospital. They can name the jurisdiction of related professions and take necessary measures based on multi-professional cooperation using communicative and organisational skills.

Postpartum Phase 2

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB4PPPIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 4
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In depth study of the postpartum lying in period and its pathology, jaundice, typical topics of home follow-up care by the midwife, in depth study of breastfeeding, support options, parenthood in special circumstances, parent/child processes of transference, concept of dysfunctional families (Papousek, bonding through touch, emotional first aid), self regulation as activated by midwife, practical implementation in small groups.

Superior module:

Midwifery Family Care

Module description:

Students are capable of attending to developments during the period following birth in a professional manner. The setting-specific challenges can be identified and treated accordingly. Their knowledge of breastfeeding counselling can be implemented suitably according to the situation and needs. They are capable of regionally applying and discussing the significance of midwifery and networking. Students can give counselling on questions typically asked during the first year of life; can describe and discuss evidence-based concepts of prenatal care in various settings; can professionally carry out informative or educational conversations and build up mutual trust to the patient and/or family members taking cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values into consideration. Students are capable of conveying an overview of Austria’s health system as well as the intra and extramural contributions of preventive medicine. They are familiar with the financial assessment of health and life, the organisational structure and operational procedures of a hospital. They can name the jurisdiction of related professions and take necessary measures based on multi-professional cooperation using communicative and organisational skills.

Principles of the Health System

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB4GGWIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Assessment and definition of health and life, economical aspects of health care, epidemiology terminology, patient care tasks: organisation of the types of care (intra and extramural), health care policies and private/public costs; future topics, international comparison; preventive medicine, health promotion and public health

Superior module:

Midwifery Family Care

Module description:

Students are capable of attending to developments during the period following birth in a professional manner. The setting-specific challenges can be identified and treated accordingly. Their knowledge of breastfeeding counselling can be implemented suitably according to the situation and needs. They are capable of regionally applying and discussing the significance of midwifery and networking. Students can give counselling on questions typically asked during the first year of life; can describe and discuss evidence-based concepts of prenatal care in various settings; can professionally carry out informative or educational conversations and build up mutual trust to the patient and/or family members taking cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values into consideration. Students are capable of conveying an overview of Austria’s health system as well as the intra and extramural contributions of preventive medicine. They are familiar with the financial assessment of health and life, the organisational structure and operational procedures of a hospital. They can name the jurisdiction of related professions and take necessary measures based on multi-professional cooperation using communicative and organisational skills.

Professional Practical Training 4

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB4BPRIT
Type IT
Kind Internship (S)
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 13.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical implementation of previously taught theory according to target objectives is continually built up upon, deepened and practiced in the practical training positions. In the area of obstetrics salutophysiological care is further consolidated. Increasingly unusual and complicated births are cared for in close cooperation with the responsible midwife. Knowledge and skills are furthered through work on the maternity ward, standard situations are dealt with autonomously and students become increasingly more competent in complex situations.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 4

Module description:

Students are able to implement therapeutic procedures of midwifery during antenatal care, during the birth process and during the period following birth. They are capable of recognizing the limits of responsible professionalism and to perform necessary measures as prescribed by, and in a coordinated effort with the physician under circumstances suspected or known to be abnormal for the mother or child during pregnancy, birth or in the period following birth. They are capable of recognizing life threatening situations and initiating or performing the correspondent life-saving measures. For the most part, students are capable of independently giving clinical care in the period following birth including competent, evidence-based counselling on breastfeeding in full awareness of the limits of responsible action on their part and as necessary to initiate the provision of further measures. They can implement the rules and recommendations for successful communication in an assured manner appropriate to the situation. They can recognize possible traumatic experiences and stressful situations at an early stage while continuing to handle these findings in a sensitive and professional manner.

Special Topics in Obstetrics

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB4STGIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 4.5
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In depth study of labour pain and relief, medicinal analgesia, obstetric emergencies, their management and relevant medications, breech presentation and birthing mechanism, shoulder presentation, instrumental delivery, amnion pathology, amniotic fluid, umbilical cord and placenta, placental insufficiency, dystrophy, premature birth management, stillbirth, systemic maternal diseases, deformations, multiple births, Caesarean section and its indications, induction and its indications, types of conflicts, styles of conflict and communication, dealing with conflict constructively, in depth consideration of closeness and distance, role and function, critical discussions, escalation and fundamentals of de-escalation, nonviolent communication, stress management and professional communication, traumatic experiences, sensitivity towards maintaining and breaking off contact, anaesthesia, pregnancy and addictions, pharmaceuticals relevant to obstetrics, practical implementation in small groups on the topics of emergency cases, conflict communication and trauma, self awareness and stress management.

Superior module:

The Pathology of Birth

Module description:

Completion of this course enables students in the context of pregnancy care to recognize and adequately react to possible complications before, during and after delivery while acknowledging their individual limits of professional responsibility. Their responsible and ethnically reflective professional stance makes them capable of efficiently communicating with all involved parties. In so doing they can implement their knowledge of conflict management and communication with confidence. They are capable of naming indications, contraindications and effects of the most important and relevant drugs used in prenatal care, during delivery as well as postpartum.

Supporting Seminar and Bachelor Thesis 1

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB4BBAPS
Type PS
Kind Bachelor thesis
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 5
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Students develop questions of practical relevance specific to midwifery science to be dealt with and described according to scientific criteria and in depth literature research within the framework of a bachelor thesis.

Superior module:

Applied Scientific Methods 1

Module description:

Students are capable of researching current national and international scientific findings and to formulate, further develop and answer questions relevant to research and their profession. The first bachelor thesis can for the most part be compiled independently according to the university’s guidelines.

Tutorial Professional Practical Training 4

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code HEBB4BPRRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0.5
ECTS Credits 0.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical training is prepared for, monitored and followed up on. Individual training and discussions are held as well as supervision in small groups. Transfer days aim at deepening the student’s learning experience and easing assimilation and placement. To this purpose case studies supplied by the students are professionally studied and discussed in the form of supervision. The roles one played and experiences made are likewise covered.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 4

Module description:

Students are able to implement therapeutic procedures of midwifery during antenatal care, during the birth process and during the period following birth. They are capable of recognizing the limits of responsible professionalism and to perform necessary measures as prescribed by, and in a coordinated effort with the physician under circumstances suspected or known to be abnormal for the mother or child during pregnancy, birth or in the period following birth. They are capable of recognizing life threatening situations and initiating or performing the correspondent life-saving measures. For the most part, students are capable of independently giving clinical care in the period following birth including competent, evidence-based counselling on breastfeeding in full awareness of the limits of responsible action on their part and as necessary to initiate the provision of further measures. They can implement the rules and recommendations for successful communication in an assured manner appropriate to the situation. They can recognize possible traumatic experiences and stressful situations at an early stage while continuing to handle these findings in a sensitive and professional manner.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Disciplinarity

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5DISPS
Type PS
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Development of scientific disciplines, boundaries and overlaps, trans and interdisciplinarity, development of midwifery science, origin and related sciences, natural and social sciences, theology and relevant subdomains of each (special psycho and physical therapy, social work), development of new disciplines, theories, methods and publications of midwifery science, researchers.

Superior module:

Applied Scientific Methods 2

Module description:

Students are able to describe the origin and development of scientific disciplines and discuss them within the context of midwifery science. They are capable of naming the unique characteristics of associated professions and their significance for the discipline of midwifery. They can name the most important theories, methods and publications of professional relevance. The students are able to describe methods used in the social sciences and the perspectives of empirical social research, have detailed knowledge of the various research designs used in social and natural sciences and their areas of application for the midwife profession and specifically for developing their second bachelor thesis.

Forensic Aspects of Midwifery Care

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5FAHVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Goals of documentation in midwifery care, criteria of good documentation, developing and revising standards, documentation in various fields, dealing with mistakes, assistance in dealing with liability and claims within the jurisdiction of criminal law, midwifery and consultant fields.

Superior module:

Freelance Midwife Employment

Module description:

Students are capable of discussing the historical and expected future development of out-of-hospital obstetrics in Austria based on scientific findings. Challenges and opportunities can be described in detail. Students are capable of performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery in out-of-hospital obstetrics. They can assess injuries sustained during delivery and if necessary tend to them appropriately with sutures. Students are able to describe the forensic challenges in regard to proper documentation by the midwife in clinical and out-of-hospital areas, discuss the legal forensic situation in Austria and implement their knowledge in practice. Students can utilize fundamental competencies in analysis, reflection and argumentation within the context of sustainable and ethical obstetrics and can explain and deal with developments within the profession in an analytically critical manner.

Freelance Midwife Employment

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5FHEIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 3
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The tradition and field of work for freelance midwives in Austria, the present state and sociocultural context, holistic midwifery care, home delivery assistance: prerequisites, organisation, documentation, special features, opportunities and limitations. Introduction to care (sutures) of episiotomies and perineal tears by the midwife, scientific findings on out-of-the hospital obstetrics, (transfer) concepts of safe and personally chosen obstetric care, preparation, consultation, contract, equipment, course of events, grey areas, dealing with special situations, birth injuries and their treatment, special constellations of out-of-the hospital postpartum care, differential diagnoses using out-of-hospital resources.

Superior module:

Freelance Midwife Employment

Module description:

Students are capable of discussing the historical and expected future development of out-of-hospital obstetrics in Austria based on scientific findings. Challenges and opportunities can be described in detail. Students are capable of performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery in out-of-hospital obstetrics. They can assess injuries sustained during delivery and if necessary tend to them appropriately with sutures. Students are able to describe the forensic challenges in regard to proper documentation by the midwife in clinical and out-of-hospital areas, discuss the legal forensic situation in Austria and implement their knowledge in practice. Students can utilize fundamental competencies in analysis, reflection and argumentation within the context of sustainable and ethical obstetrics and can explain and deal with developments within the profession in an analytically critical manner.

Health Promotion

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5GFÖIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 7
ECTS Credits 6
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Selective study of public health aspects of relevance (screenings, vaccinations, preventive medical examinations, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, special PND and their effects on public and individual health), interdisciplinary cooperation in implementing the 2015 health plan; A cross section of topics in social areas: domestic violence, counselling for mothers and parents, families with multiple problems, selected female health topics, biophsychosocial contexts of a woman’s health, critical situations of communication, trauma supervision, first aid kit for communication, communicating with persons under stress, monitoring extero-gestation with emphasis on recovery.

Superior module:

Socratic Method

Module description:

Students are able to describe, analyse and selectively implement professionally relevant concepts of health promotion and preventive medicine. They are capable of naming professionally relevant standards of the Austrian health system and infer their effect on individual professions or a specific group of persons. Students are capable of competently furnishing women and/or families with information especially in the areas of sexuality, conception and family planning in order to enable individual and informed decisions. They are capable of comprehensively explaining the meanings of the terms psychosomatic and trauma counselling and can implement this knowledge in their therapeutic work as a midwife. Students can assess the implications of the concept of risk. They can give evidence-base information on diverse screening tests needed during a woman’s life. Supervision of the exterior gestation period with emphasis on pelvic floor exercises can be described theoretically as well as in practice. Students can develop and implement an evidence-based, methodically didactic and cleverly constructed course concept for expectant parents.

Parent Education 2

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5ELBIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Development of an evidence-based methodological and didactical concept for parent education before and after birth with special attention paid to teaching in a versatile and encouraging manner: In-class presentations. The parent education concepts are resource oriented, strengthen the sense of participant coherence and impart in depth information.

Superior module:

Socratic Method

Module description:

Students are able to describe, analyse and selectively implement professionally relevant concepts of health promotion and preventive medicine. They are capable of naming professionally relevant standards of the Austrian health system and infer their effect on individual professions or a specific group of persons. Students are capable of competently furnishing women and/or families with information especially in the areas of sexuality, conception and family planning in order to enable individual and informed decisions. They are capable of comprehensively explaining the meanings of the terms psychosomatic and trauma counselling and can implement this knowledge in their therapeutic work as a midwife. Students can assess the implications of the concept of risk. They can give evidence-base information on diverse screening tests needed during a woman’s life. Supervision of the exterior gestation period with emphasis on pelvic floor exercises can be described theoretically as well as in practice. Students can develop and implement an evidence-based, methodically didactic and cleverly constructed course concept for expectant parents.

Preliminary Work for Bachelor Thesis 1

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5VBAPS
Type PS
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Finding a topic for bachelor thesis 2 and defining its scope. Formulating a relevant research question, conception and planning of the empirical section, methodical group discussions, composing an exposé.

Superior module:

Applied Scientific Methods 2

Module description:

Students are able to describe the origin and development of scientific disciplines and discuss them within the context of midwifery science. They are capable of naming the unique characteristics of associated professions and their significance for the discipline of midwifery. They can name the most important theories, methods and publications of professional relevance. The students are able to describe methods used in the social sciences and the perspectives of empirical social research, have detailed knowledge of the various research designs used in social and natural sciences and their areas of application for the midwife profession and specifically for developing their second bachelor thesis.

Professional Practical Training 5

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5BPRIT
Type IT
Kind Internship (S)
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 12.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical implementation of previously taught theory according to target objectives is continually built up upon, deepened and practiced in the practical training positions. Students can implement comprehensive, patient-oriented salutophysiological maternity care. They recognize deviations from the norm and complications and can take appropriate measures and work in close collaboration with physicians. They continually implement therapeutic procedures of midwifery. In the elective professional practical training the relevant skills needed for a future career path or to compose the bachelor thesis can be acquired. Various visits and internships to professionally relevant facilities deepen their knowledge of related domains, for example youth welfare services.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 5

Module description:

Students are capable of giving responsible and process-oriented care, counselling and nursing to expectant mothers and their babies before, during and in the period following birth, can assess the progress of a normal pregnancy, birth and period following birth as well as the development of the newborn and infant and set measures appropriate to the situation. They are capable of utilizing medicaments according to legal regulations. The students are capable of making obstetric decisions and supporting and justifying their decisions. They are capable of recognizing their own ambivalences as well as those of others and dealing with them in a transparent manner. Their own experiences can be reflected on taking common mechanisms of defence into consideration.

Qualitative and Quantitive Methods

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5QQMVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character final

Lecture content:

The design of research approaches, data research, analysis and evaluation, identification and discussion of national and international research projects involving midwives, practical examination of associated disciplines and their approaches, introduction to cognitive science (deductive, inductive, abductive reasoning), introduction to empirical social research. Applied or background research, choice of research method (qualitative or quantitative), development and implementation of research, data evaluation and analysis, statistics.

Superior module:

Applied Scientific Methods 2

Module description:

Students are able to describe the origin and development of scientific disciplines and discuss them within the context of midwifery science. They are capable of naming the unique characteristics of associated professions and their significance for the discipline of midwifery. They can name the most important theories, methods and publications of professional relevance. The students are able to describe methods used in the social sciences and the perspectives of empirical social research, have detailed knowledge of the various research designs used in social and natural sciences and their areas of application for the midwife profession and specifically for developing their second bachelor thesis.

Tutorial Professional Practical Training 5

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB5BPRRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0.5
ECTS Credits 0.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical training is prepared for, monitored and followed up on. Individual training and discussions are held as well as supervision in small groups. Transfer days aim at deepening the student’s learning experience and easing assimilation and placement. To this purpose case studies supplied by the students are

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 5

Module description:

Students are capable of giving responsible and process-oriented care, counselling and nursing to expectant mothers and their babies before, during and in the period following birth, can assess the progress of a normal pregnancy, birth and period following birth as well as the development of the newborn and infant and set measures appropriate to the situation. They are capable of utilizing medicaments according to legal regulations. The students are capable of making obstetric decisions and supporting and justifying their decisions. They are capable of recognizing their own ambivalences as well as those of others and dealing with them in a transparent manner. Their own experiences can be reflected on taking common mechanisms of defence into consideration.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Applied Midwifery Science

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6AHWIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 5.5
ECTS Credits 5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical and theoretical revision course covering all professionally relevant subject areas, the professional begin, fears and confidence, team dynamics, decision-making process.

Superior module:

Networking in Midwifery

Module description:

Students are capable of autonomously performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery. They can name the jurisdiction of associated professions and through multi-professional cooperation can take necessary measures under inclusion of communicative and organisational skills. Should students work as freelance midwifes they are capable of developing, designing and implementing their work according to organisational and business management principles. Completion of this course familiarizes students with the most important legal regulations in the profession and enables them to appropriately implement this knowledge in practice especially in regard to interdisciplinary cooperation.

Bachelor examination

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6BAPBP
Type BP
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 0
Examination character final

Lecture content:

-

Superior module:

Bachelor examination

Module description:

-

Freelance Profession and Principles of Business Management

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6FBWIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Founding of a practice, public relations, introduction to accounting, tax information, commercial social insurance, credit agreements and property register

Superior module:

Networking in Midwifery

Module description:

Students are capable of autonomously performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery. They can name the jurisdiction of associated professions and through multi-professional cooperation can take necessary measures under inclusion of communicative and organisational skills. Should students work as freelance midwifes they are capable of developing, designing and implementing their work according to organisational and business management principles. Completion of this course familiarizes students with the most important legal regulations in the profession and enables them to appropriately implement this knowledge in practice especially in regard to interdisciplinary cooperation.

Legal Basis

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6RGLIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Introduction to law. Overview of social security legislation, focal point of patient rights, contract law including contract governing medical treatment, liability law, employment law (MTD Austrian medical technical service statutes and Austrian HebG midwife statutes).

Superior module:

Networking in Midwifery

Module description:

Students are capable of autonomously performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery. They can name the jurisdiction of associated professions and through multi-professional cooperation can take necessary measures under inclusion of communicative and organisational skills. Should students work as freelance midwifes they are capable of developing, designing and implementing their work according to organisational and business management principles. Completion of this course familiarizes students with the most important legal regulations in the profession and enables them to appropriately implement this knowledge in practice especially in regard to interdisciplinary cooperation.

Open Window

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6OWIIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 5
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Individually designed further education and training options for individual students or groups amounting to 2 semester credit hours.

Superior module:

Networking in Midwifery

Module description:

Students are capable of autonomously performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery. They can name the jurisdiction of associated professions and through multi-professional cooperation can take necessary measures under inclusion of communicative and organisational skills. Should students work as freelance midwifes they are capable of developing, designing and implementing their work according to organisational and business management principles. Completion of this course familiarizes students with the most important legal regulations in the profession and enables them to appropriately implement this knowledge in practice especially in regard to interdisciplinary cooperation.

Professional Practical Training 6

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6BPRIT
Type IT
Kind Internship (S)
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 13
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In the elective professional practical training the relevant skills needed for a future career path or to compose the bachelor thesis can be acquired. Students can increasingly assume autonomous care of both woman giving birth and key persons accompanying them during the entire delivery process including the possible development of complications. In close collaboration with the midwife and in cooperation with an interdisciplinary team skills are practiced and reflected upon. Autonomously assuming their role as a midwife under supervision is supported during practical training as well as via supervision counselling and future autonomous work is prepared for.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 6

Module description:

Students are capable of performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery based on professional and scientific findings and experiences. They are capable of analysing procedures, to reflect and develop solution approaches appropriate to the situation. They can act in accordance with professional codes and economic and ecological principles. Completion of this course enables students to acquire routine and expertise in coping with the complex professional daily life of a midwife. Specific, individually necessary or desired supplemental skills can be acquired by selectively choosing an elective professional practical training.

Psychosocial Developmental Processes 2

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6PEPRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 0.5
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Disbandment of the group, reflection on changes and development processes, career resources

Superior module:

Networking in Midwifery

Module description:

Students are capable of autonomously performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery. They can name the jurisdiction of associated professions and through multi-professional cooperation can take necessary measures under inclusion of communicative and organisational skills. Should students work as freelance midwifes they are capable of developing, designing and implementing their work according to organisational and business management principles. Completion of this course familiarizes students with the most important legal regulations in the profession and enables them to appropriately implement this knowledge in practice especially in regard to interdisciplinary cooperation.

Supporting Seminar and Bachelor Thesis 2

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6BBASE
Type SE
Kind Bachelor thesis
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 7
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Composition of bachelor thesis 2 according to the relative criteria of the bachelor thesis guidelines, in depth group discussion of open questions still remaining, design of a scientific poster including final presentation along with the bachelor thesis to an interested, professionally competent audience.

Superior module:

Applied Scientific Methods 3

Module description:

Students are capable of adapting to the demands of lifelong learning and a professional obligation to further education and training under the aspect of the continual need to assimilate medical and social science findings in order to guarantee professional quality and contribute to the advancement of the midwife profession. They are capable of selecting and implementing relevant scientific methods of research and are capable of processing the compiled data to generate answers to research questions. They can subsequently harness the scientific findings and phenomenon in order to advance professional and scientific development. Students are capable of managing the planning, performing and analysing individually selected topics. In so doing they focus on flawless empirical work using an appropriate method, on the utilization of sound scientific principles with intense concentration on the professional implementation possibilities of such information. Acting as a constructive critic for team members, students are able to reflect on the work of others and utilize advantageous group processes for scientific work.

Tutorial Professional Practical Training 6

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code HEBB6BPRRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 1
SWS 0.5
ECTS Credits 0.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Practical training is prepared for, monitored and followed up on. Individual training and discussions are held as well as supervision in small groups. Transfer days aim at deepening the student’s learning experience and easing assimilation and placement. To this purpose case studies supplied by the students are professionally studied and discussed in the form of supervision. The roles one played and experiences made are likewise covered.

Superior module:

Professional Practical Training 6

Module description:

Students are capable of performing therapeutic procedures of midwifery based on professional and scientific findings and experiences. They are capable of analysing procedures, to reflect and develop solution approaches appropriate to the situation. They can act in accordance with professional codes and economic and ecological principles. Completion of this course enables students to acquire routine and expertise in coping with the complex professional daily life of a midwife. Specific, individually necessary or desired supplemental skills can be acquired by selectively choosing an elective professional practical training.

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SemesterSemesters 1, 3, 5: courses held only in winter semester (mid-September to end of January), Semesters 2, 4, 6: courses held only in summer semester (mid-February to end of June)
SWSweekly contact hours over 14 weeks in semester (example SWS 2 equals 28 contact hours for the whole course
ECTS CreditsWork load in ECTS credits, 1 ECTS credit equals an estimated 25 hours of work for the student
INTL-CodeIndicates categories for incoming students
5: offered in English on a routine basis
4: offered in English if a specified number of incoming students attend (usually 3)
3: taught in German but support material in English, exams can also be taken in English, active support from a student buddy
2: taught in German, incoming students require sufficient German proficiency to follow class
1: not available for incomings
TypeBP = Bachelor final exam
DP/MP = Master final exam
IL = Lecture with integrated project work
IT = Individual training/phases
LB = Lab (session)
PS = Pro-seminar
PT = Project
RC = Course with integrated reflective practice
RE = Revision course
SE = Seminar
TU = Tutorial
UB = Practice session/Subject practical sessions
VO = Lecture