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PODI12009 Podiatry Clinical Practice 1
Podiatry Clinical Practice 1
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General Information

Overview

You will develop and refine your knowledge, skills and abilities regarding podiatric patient history, assessment and non high risk routine care including basic wound care. A number of diagnostic fields will be taken into account such as dermatopathology, radiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), ultrasound, Doppler and bone density. You will have opportunity to apply theory learnt and evidence based practice to aid in diagnosis and management under the guidance of clinical supervision. You will work predominantly with low-risk geriatric patients in the clinical setting.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: PODI12006 Fundamentals of Pre-Clinical Podiatry Practice. Co-requisite: PODI12010 Advanced Anatomy and Podiatric Biomechanics.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2017

Rockhampton
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Professional Practice Placement
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail
5. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Teaching team

Feedback

Staff feedback for students regarding practical learning opportunities in the class room.

Recommendation

Students need to better prepare for practical learning activities prior to set class times. This forms part of students taking responsibility for their learning and may include reminders to print resources to support these practical learning experiences. Staff will continue to stimulate student thinking before hand, so that the practical task helps to answer any questions that the student cohort has developed during any of the theory sessions. This will assist students' connecting theory to practice.

Feedback from Student feedback - emails and related staff reflection.

Feedback

Use of reflection on clinical practice as a means of student learning and assessment.

Recommendation

The reflective assessment at the end of term worked well to consolidate student learning experience in the clinical domain. It allowed students to identify successes and challenges; and is a useful teaching and learning tool to demonstrate progress in their learning particularly in this first hands-on clinical course. This will continue to be used for the aforementioned reasons.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

"The coordinator/supervisor encouraged us to regularly share our ideas of the client case and to ask questions when we were unsure."

Recommendation

Staff will continue to foster a positive learning environment through active participation, so students can share their ideas and feel safe contributing to case based discussions. Encouraging students to develop their intra and interpersonal communication skills in a collaborative classroom/clinical setting is an important foundation skill in the health professions.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice
  2. Conduct and analyse a safe and thorough patient assessment
  3. Examine the practice and procedures necessary for, and use correct professional terminology associated with diagnostic examination and related tests
  4. Interpret results from commonly used diagnostic services in podiatry practice
  5. Implement a safe and effective patient management plan
  6. Demonstrate proficiency at an introductory level in: scalpel technique, nail care, including use of high speed podiatric drill; basic wound care; padding and strapping techniques
  7. Work in partnership with clinical supervisor/s, other health professionals, health care teams and support staff
  8. Appraise literature relevant to the podiatry profession and integrate evidence into clinical podiatry practice.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Examination - 50%
5 - On-campus Activity - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Examination - 50%
5 - On-campus Activity - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Neale's Disorders of the Foot 8th (2010)

Authors: Frowen, O'Donnell, Burrow & Lorimer
Churchill Livingstone
London London , United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780702030291
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Julie Nguyen Unit Coordinator
j.nguyen@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 10 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Clinical diagnostic reasoning and the position of podiatry.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 17 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

The clinical domain – protocols for the University Health Clinic.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 24 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Physical diagnosis and diagnostic tests: Common nail pathologies in podiatric practice.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 31 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Physical diagnosis and diagnostic tests: Common skin pathologies in podiatric practice.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 07 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Physical diagnosis and diagnostic tests: Wound identification.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 14 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Wound management and principles of aseptic technique.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 28 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

The role of radiology in podiatry practice.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Physical diagnosis and diagnostic tests: X-ray & related case studies.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Physical diagnosis and diagnostic tests: Ultrasound & related case studies.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 9 Monday (11 Sept 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Physical diagnosis and diagnostic tests: Computed tomography (CT) scan & Nuclear Medicine & related case studies.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Physical diagnosis and diagnostic tests: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and related case studies.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 02 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Additional case studies, revision and exam preparation.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 09 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (9 Oct 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 16 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

On-Campus Activity: Internal clinical placement (40 hours total) at the CQUniversity Health Clinic.

Off-Campus Activity: External clinical placement (40 hours total) at the end of term. Students will be advised of external clinical placement dates and related locations during the term.

Clinical placement is compulsory requiring 100% attendance rate. Students must show evidence that they have met all the pre-clinical placement requirements prior to commencing their placement, which includes the learning contract. If pre-clinical placement and related documentation is not completed and signed off by the Unit Coordinator before placement, the student may receive a fail grade. All students are required to wear the approved CQUniversity podiatry clinical uniform and to project a professional image at all times. Please refer to the Internal and External Clinical Placement Handbooks for further information related to placement.

Uniform: In all practical classes, students are required to wear the nominated uniform. Students must purchase their uniform from the bookshop. This uniform is separate to the mandatory clinical uniform. Please refer to the Podiatry Course Handbook for further detail.

Note: Students who miss clinical placement should review the Internal Clinical Placement Handbook, the External Clinical Placement Handbook and the Work-Integrated Learning / Student Placement Policy and Procedure. Please pay attention to the following information:

  • Students who are absent from clinical placement must themselves notify the Clinical Placement Facility and their nominated Clinical Supervisor prior to the commencement of the allocated clinical learning experience for that day.
  • Students are to provide to the Clinical Supervisor, either a medical certificate or statutory declaration explaining their absence if longer than 1 day.
  • Absences will need to be made up one for one. Students will need to negotiate with their Clinical Supervisor for make-up arrangements for any absences from the clinical learning experience.
  • The student must contact the University if there is difficulty in negotiating any make-up arrangements under these circumstances.
  • The student should be aware that the allocation of clinical placement takes precedence over any personal commitments.
  • Students who do not notify their Unit Coordinator and who do not attend an allocated placement may receive a Fail grade.

Assessment Tasks

1 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title
Professional Practice Placement

Task Description

Internal Placement: Clinical Placement Log Book - Pass/Fail Requirement.

External Placement: The Learning Contract must be submitted 1 week prior to the allocated placement commencement. The student must submit this to Unit Coordinator for review and sign-off. Other documentation includes: Log Book Reflective, Time Sheet, Clinical Supervisor Report, Student Self-Evaluation Report, Student Evaluation of the Clinical Placement.

All above documents are mandatory, any documents missing or incomplete may result in the student being awarded a fail grade for this task. This is to ensure that the student meets the Podiatry Competency Standards for Australia and New Zealand (2015) as directed by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council.


Assessment Due Date

Placement documents to be completed and submitted prior to, during, and at the end of both internal and external placement.


Return Date to Students

Placement documents will be returned to the student once completed and marked by the Unit Coordinator.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

Whilst on placement, students must keep a log of all activities to ensure that the goals and terms of the practicum are being met.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Hard copy- in person

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice
  • Conduct and analyse a safe and thorough patient assessment
  • Implement a safe and effective patient management plan
  • Demonstrate proficiency at an introductory level in: scalpel technique, nail care, including use of high speed podiatric drill; basic wound care; padding and strapping techniques
  • Work in partnership with clinical supervisor/s, other health professionals, health care teams and support staff
  • Appraise literature relevant to the podiatry profession and integrate evidence into clinical podiatry practice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Students will be required to submit a written assessment in the form of a case study report pertinent to podiatric assessment and diagnostic test. This assessment task will allow an in-depth exploration of common podiatric conditions seen in the real-life setting. Students will be required to explain, describe and explore a particular case from the use of multiple sources of evidence.

Further details will be provided via the course Moodle site in the early weeks of the term.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (11 Sept 2017) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (6 Oct 2017)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The marking guide (rubric) and feedback sheet will be made available under the 'Assessment' tab in Moodle.

Note: APA referencing system is used for all written assessments. In-text citations are counted as part of the word count for assessment purposes. Penalties will be applied where those strict word limits are exceeded (+/- 10%). If the assessment item exceeds 10%, the content will not be assessed by the examiner (excludes tables, appendices and references where applicable). If you are late submitting your assignment – each day incurs a 5% penalty.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Conduct and analyse a safe and thorough patient assessment
  • Examine the practice and procedures necessary for, and use correct professional terminology associated with diagnostic examination and related tests
  • Interpret results from commonly used diagnostic services in podiatry practice
  • Implement a safe and effective patient management plan
  • Work in partnership with clinical supervisor/s, other health professionals, health care teams and support staff
  • Appraise literature relevant to the podiatry profession and integrate evidence into clinical podiatry practice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

The written assessment is in the form of a reflective portfolio/journal, involving a collection of evidence that through your critical reflection on the contents, demonstrates your achievement as well as your personal and professional development during this clinically based unit. Hence, you will be required to write about your reflections 'in practice' and 'on practice' associated with your internal clinical placement.

Further details will be provided via the course Moodle site in the early weeks of the term.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (9 Oct 2017) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Results will be released prior to the finalisation of grades.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The marking guide (rubric) and feedback sheet will be made available under the 'Assessment' tab in Moodle.

Note: APA referencing system is used for all written assessments. In-text citations are counted as part of the word count for assessment purposes. Penalties will be applied where those strict word limits are exceeded (+/- 10%). If the assessment item exceeds 10%, the content will not be assessed by the examiner (this excludes tables, appendices and references where applicable). If you are late submitting your assignment – each day incurs a 5% penalty.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice
  • Conduct and analyse a safe and thorough patient assessment
  • Implement a safe and effective patient management plan
  • Demonstrate proficiency at an introductory level in: scalpel technique, nail care, including use of high speed podiatric drill; basic wound care; padding and strapping techniques
  • Work in partnership with clinical supervisor/s, other health professionals, health care teams and support staff
  • Appraise literature relevant to the podiatry profession and integrate evidence into clinical podiatry practice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

4 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
On-campus Activity

Task Description

The activities covered in this unit cover professional podiatry skills, which are inherent requirements to meet the professional standards and are integral to your achievement of learning outcomes and assessment in this unit. At least 85% attendance at tutorial, practicals and/or workshops is therefore required to satisfactorily PASS this unit. The Unit Coordinator will keep attendance records for all classes. If you are unable to attend class, you must notify the Unit Coordinator (in writing/by email) as soon as possible, with a medical certificate or statutory declaration supporting any absence. Failure to maintain a satisfactory attendance record may seriously undermine your ability to complete the unit.


Assessment Due Date

Attendance is recorded throughout the term.


Return Date to Students

End of term


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

A minimum of 85% on-campus activity attendance is required.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice
  • Conduct and analyse a safe and thorough patient assessment
  • Examine the practice and procedures necessary for, and use correct professional terminology associated with diagnostic examination and related tests
  • Interpret results from commonly used diagnostic services in podiatry practice
  • Implement a safe and effective patient management plan
  • Demonstrate proficiency at an introductory level in: scalpel technique, nail care, including use of high speed podiatric drill; basic wound care; padding and strapping techniques
  • Work in partnership with clinical supervisor/s, other health professionals, health care teams and support staff
  • Appraise literature relevant to the podiatry profession and integrate evidence into clinical podiatry practice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Details
No calculators permitted
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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