Professional course Newborn Health Assessment

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Through both taught and practical sessions.
Course Director
Jo Jones

Page last updated 4 October 2021


This 15 credit level 3 (UZUSTK-15-3) or Masters level (UZUSUA-15-M) module prepares you for the examination of the newborn including history taking and risk factors; preparation of the environment; use and care of equipment for examination purposes; aspects of the holistic examination and assessment of the normal term newborn including recognition of abnormality:

On successful completion of this level 3 or Masters level module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the normal characteristics of the newborn and discuss deviations from normal including congenital abnormalities.
  • Critically analyse the effectiveness of the examination of the newborn as a screening programme.
  • Critically evaluate and justify the opportunity provided by newborn examination to provide health education.
  • tilise knowledge and demonstrate skills required to competently perform, by simulation, an accurate assessment of the newborn, exercising clinical judgement and advanced problem solving where referral is appropriate.
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills with parents and the multidisciplinary team in relation to the newborn health assessment.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:



The module syllabus covers:

  • neurological examination for the identification of congenital abnormalities
  • neuro-behavioural reflexes
  • assessment of cardiovascular function
  • examination of the newborn hips
  • musculo-skeletal system
  • assessment of respiratory function
  • examination of the eyes and other sensory organs
  • palpation of the abdomen
  • reproductive system
  • teaching and support of parents; health education; ethico-legal issues,accountability and responsibility;
  • applied research studies.

Learning and Teaching

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be utilised throughout the module.

Scheduled learning includes seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading and assignment preparation.

Study time

36 hours contact time.

Contact time will also include the use of virtual learning environments (VLEs) and other Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) activities.


The assessment will enable you to demonstrate practical application of theory learned during the module.

Practice OSCEs.

Simulated newborn assessment (OSCE).


Study facilities

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding. Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.


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