Courses & Units

Special Care of the Newborn Theory CNA530


This unit focuses on exploring the science of neonatology and examines the theoretical basis of pathophysiology, therapeutic intervention and evidence based practice fundamentals that are essential to understanding the complex and critically ill newborn infant and the growing premature infant. It draws upon previously learned concepts to examine aspects of prematurity, or problematic adaptation to extra-uterine life, and the consequential pathophysiological processes which may arise. Acute and chronic variations of health, as well as the diverse needs of premature and term newborn/neonates are analysed.


Unit name Special Care of the Newborn Theory
Unit code CNA530
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mrs Nicol Franz
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the anatomy, physiology and integrated pathophysiology of complex and critically unwell neonates.
  • Discuss the application of advanced therapeutic interventions including interpretation of clinical investigations that support the management of complex and/or critically unwell neonatal patients.
  • Use evidenced based literature to analyse and evaluate the clinical management of the complex and critically unwell neonatal patient.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060315 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

AssessmentLiterature review (45%)|Online Activities. (35%)|Online Activities. (20%)
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Kain, V & Mannix, T 2018, Neonatal Nursing in Australia and New Zealand: Principles for Practice Elsevier, Chatswood NSW.

Brandon, D, Hill, CM, Heimall, L, Lund, CH, Kuller, J, McEwan, T & New, K 2018, Neonatal Skin Care: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline. 4th edn, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Washington D.C. (The eBook is available through the UTAS Library Reading Lists – see below)

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