CQUniversity Unit Profile
PODI14009 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine in Podiatry Practice
Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine in Podiatry Practice
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will assess and manage complex musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders common to the lower extremity. Rheumatology as it relates to the foot and associated arthropathies will be covered in detail with respect to aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, investigation, and management. You will learn how these disorders can be managed by different interventions, including the use of pressure reducing devices and footwear intervention.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: PODI13011 Podiatry Clinical Practice 3. Co-requisite: PODI14008 Podiatry Clinical Practice 4.

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 1 - 2021

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. On-campus Activity
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. In-class Test(s)
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 Have your say

Feedback

Students loved the way the unit was structured where time was allocated at the end of the term for revision. Therefore, students felt more prepared for their assessments.

Recommendation

It is recommended that students continue to have one or two sessions to review all the rheumatological conditions covered in this unit. This will give them more confidence in the assessment, which are open book exams

Feedback from Lecturer self reflection

Feedback

There were too many rheumatological conditions and some conditions overlapped with other units such as High Risk Foot and Chronic Wound Care (PODI14010)

Recommendation

It is recommended to discuss with the unit co-ordinator of PODI14010 regarding the content covered in these two units in order to streamline and reduce overlap in content.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Recognise and appraise the pathophysiology and clinical pattern of common arthropathies and musculoskeletal disorders specific to the lower extremity
  2. Evaluate conservative therapies applicable to the patient with rheumatic diseases and implement an appropriate patient-centred management plan.
  3. Develop patient education strategies for optimum management of common lower extremity musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.
  4. Engage in active learning and apply an evidence based approach to rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine in podiatry practice.

Per NPC1320

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
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - In-class Test(s) - 50%
3 - On-campus Activity - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - In-class Test(s) - 50%
3 - On-campus Activity - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Supplementary

Management of chronic conditions in the foot and lower leg (2015)

Authors: Keith Rome, Peter McNair
Churchill Livingstone
USA
ISBN: 978 0 7020 4769 5
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 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Malia Ho Unit Coordinator
m.ho@cqu.edu.au
Adriaan Erasmus Unit Coordinator
a.erasmus@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1: Overview of Unit Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to Rheumatology  


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2: Investigations Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Overview of diagnostic test used in Rheumatology 


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3: Sero-positive Arthritis Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Inflammatory Sero-positive arthritiis


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4: Sero-negative Arthritis Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Inflammatory Sero-negative arthritis


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5: Infectious and Crystal induced arthritis - Self Directed Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Infectious and Crystal induced arthritis

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Public Holiday

Recorded lecture

Tutorial worksheet - Self directed 

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6: Non-inflammatory Acute and Chronic arthritides Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Non-inflammatory Acute and Chronic arthritides

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7:Written Assessment (30%) Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Written assessment (30%)

Submit Online

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Public Holiday (QLD)



Written Assessment Due: Week 7 Tuesday (27 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 8: Clinical Therapeutics in Rheumatology - Self Directed Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Clinical Therapeutics in Rheumatology  

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Public Holiday (QLD)

Recorded lecture 

Tutorial worksheet - self directed 


On-campus Activity Due: Week 8 Friday (7 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9: Biomechanical Analysis in Rheumatology Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Biomechanical analysis in Rheumatology 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10: Podiatric Management Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Podiatric management


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11: Review Week Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Review 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12: In Class Test (50%) Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Written exam (50%) 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

In-class test Due: Week 12 Monday (31 May 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Attendance: As per the University’s recommendation that "All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes,” students should also be aware that there is clear evidence to show that attendance rates are directly related to academic progress. It is therefore in your best interest and strongly recommended in the Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) course, that you attend all scheduled learning activities to support your learning. 

Assessment Tasks

1 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
On-campus Activity

Task Description

A Student Practical Manual with an on-campus activity checklist will be provided to you at the start of term. You will be expected to complete a series of compulsory competency tasks. Each task will be completed during tutorial/ practical sessions and you will be awarded marks accordingly for each completed task. More details and information regarding the on campus activities will be made available at the start of term.

musculoskeletal disorders specific to the lower extremity


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (7 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

You will be required to complete a check list of tasks from your Student Practical Manual. This assessment task will occur during tutorial/ practical sessions during the term. Marks will be awarded accordingly for successful completion completion of the tasks.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
On campus activity checklists are to be uploaded on your Moodle site upon completion.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate conservative therapies applicable to the patient with rheumatic diseases and implement an appropriate patient-centred management plan.
  • Engage in active learning and apply an evidence based approach to rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine in podiatry practice.


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

You will be required to submit a written assessment in the form of an essay. You are to review the literature in order to establish the current knowledge of Rheumatology and Muscular Skeletal (MSK) assessment in Podiatry practice.

The written essay must be 2500 (+/- 10%) words consisting of an introduction, essay content and conclusion.

Your essay must include:

  • Cover Page which includes assessment title, student’s name and number, unit code and title, unit coordinator's name, due date of assignment and word count.
  • References - Your arguments/ case must be supported by evidence from literature
  • References must be listed in APA format and contain at least 10 primary sources of information


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Tuesday (27 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Tuesday (11 May 2021)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be marked according to a marking rubric designed specifically for this assessment task.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Essays are to be uploaded on your Moodle site upon completion.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recognise and appraise the pathophysiology and clinical pattern of common arthropathies and musculoskeletal disorders specific to the lower extremity
  • Evaluate conservative therapies applicable to the patient with rheumatic diseases and implement an appropriate patient-centred management plan.
  • Develop patient education strategies for optimum management of common lower extremity musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.
  • Engage in active learning and apply an evidence based approach to rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine in podiatry practice.


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

3 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title
In-class test

Task Description

The in-class test (50%) will be in a form of a closed book class test covering content from Week 1- 10. Students will be required to attend on-campus to complete this class test. The class test will be 180 minutes long.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (31 May 2021) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (14 Jun 2021)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

The class test will assess all content covered from Weeks 1-10. Students must demonstrate that they have a firm grasp of Rheumatological pathologies and assessments in a clinical setting. You will be provided with sample questions during the term to prepare you for the class test.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
In-class test

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recognise and appraise the pathophysiology and clinical pattern of common arthropathies and musculoskeletal disorders specific to the lower extremity
  • Develop patient education strategies for optimum management of common lower extremity musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?