CQUniversity Unit Profile
PODI14014 Surgery in Podiatry Practice
Surgery in Podiatry Practice
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Unit Profile Correction added on 06-04-20

The end of term examination has now been changed to an alternative form of assessment.  Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.

General Information

Overview

This unit concentrates on the implementation of podiatric surgical techniques required to perform safe and competent nail surgery. Specific emphasis is placed on surgical principles, expanding and reinforcing your understanding and practice of infection control and clinical and theatre protocols. You will gain knowledge and skill in surgical management and learn the theory behind a range of surgical procedures relevant to podiatric practice. The scope of podiatric surgery practice is explored with consideration of the ethical and medico-legal implications.

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

Prerequisites: PODI13011 Podiatry Clinical Practice 3 and PODI13015 Advanced Pharmacology in Podiatry Practice and Corequisite: 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 - 2020

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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Weighting: 40%
3. Examination
Weighting: 40%
4. Professional Practice Placement
Weighting: Pass/Fail
5. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail

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 Student feedback

Feedback

Learning nail surgery from an expert was an amazing opportunity.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the teaching of 24 hours worth of practical classes by an expert podiatric surgeon should continue. This will ensure that students receive ample "hands on" experience in this area prior to graduation. The continuation of simulated learning (e.g. using models to practice injection and surgical technique) will continue to allow the refinement of clinical skills.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Teaching and Unit Co-ordination staff were always professional.

Recommendation

Following previous student feedback regarding staff professionalism, this was an area which was important to improve. The surgeon engaged to teach the unit this term was previously engaged to teach PODI13015 (Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatry Practice). During his teaching of this unit, he was observed by all staff to always conduct himself in a professional manner, and we did not receive any negative feedback regarding professionalism. Therefore, we also engaged him to teach PODI14014 this year and received positive feedback regarding his conduct. Professionalism of all staff involved in teaching podiatry units will continue to be an important consideration for unit planning.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Assessment tasks in this unit provided authentic learning opportunities.

Recommendation

The assessment tasks in this unit, particularly Professional Practice Placement and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) enabled student learning in an authentic way. The Professional Practice Placement prepares students for surgery in clinical podiatry practice. It is recommended that these assessment tasks continue in this unit.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate advanced professional and ethical behaviour including use of effective communication skills and reporting related to surgery in podiatry practice
  2. Examine the anatomy of the foot with particular emphasis on the nerves and associated structures to enable safe and effective delivery of local anaesthesia
  3. Discuss the medico-legal implications of podiatric surgical procedures
  4. Evaluate the indications, contraindications, and risks of basic surgical procedures conducted by podiatrists
  5. Perform nail surgery safely and competently including postoperative management and related patient education.

Per NPC1322

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
1 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Examination - 40%
4 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
5 - On-campus Activity - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Examination - 40%
4 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
5 - On-campus Activity - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Library
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
Angela Wilczek Unit Coordinator
a.wilczek@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - Medico-legal requirements for surgery Begin Date: 13 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

This week we will cover medico-legal requirements for surgery and other related topics. 

Guest Lecturer: Dr Mark Gilheany, Podiatric Surgeon

Chapter

Various readings may be discussed during term and posted on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 - Infection control Begin Date: 20 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

This week we will cover the importance of infection control and other related topics.

Guest Lecturer: Dr Damien Lafferty, Podiatric Surgeon

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 - Anatomy review Begin Date: 27 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

This week we will cover a detailed review of anatomy as it relates to surgery, and other relevant topics. 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 - Local anaethesia for the foot Begin Date: 03 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

This week we will cover a detailed overview of the use of local anaesthesia for foot surgery, with a specific focus on digital nerve blocks.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 - PUBLIC HOLIDAY (NO LECTURE) Begin Date: 10 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Public Holiday - no lecture this week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

VACATION WEEK

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 - Clinical skills in nail surgery - Part 1 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

This week we will learn about nail surgery procedures (partial nail avulsions) and related topics.

Guest Lecturer: Dr Leah Cook, Podiatric Surgeon.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 - Clinical skills in nail surgery - Part 2 Begin Date: 01 May 2020

Module/Topic

This week we will continue to learn about nail surgery procedures (partial nail avulsions and total nail avulsions) and related topics.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written assessment Due: Week 7 Friday (1 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 8 - Clinical activities Begin Date: 08 May 2020

Module/Topic

This week has been scheduled for professional practice placement.  Students will attend an all day clinic session, performing patient assessments, checking for suitability for nail surgery.

SYD - Dr Damien Lafferty, Podiatric Surgeon

ROK - Angela Wilczek

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Professional practice placement - internal clinic 8.00am - 5.00pm Friday 8th May 2020.

Attendance is mandatory.

Week 9 - Clinical activities Begin Date: 15 May 2020

Module/Topic

This week has been scheduled for professional practice placement. Students will attend an all day clinic session, performing nail surgeries.

SYD - Dr Damien Lafferty, Podiatric Surgeon

ROK - Dr Leah Cook, Podiatric Surgeon

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Professional practice placement - internal clinic 8.00am - 5.00pm Friday 15th May 2020.

Attendance is mandatory.

Week 10 - Clinical activities Begin Date: 22 May 2020

Module/Topic

This week has been scheduled for professional practice placement. Students will attend an all day clinic session, performing nail surgery reviews.

SYD - Dr Damien Lafferty, Podiatric Surgeon

ROK - Angela Wilczek

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Professional practice placement - internal clinic 8.00am - 5.00pm Friday 22nd May 2020.

Attendance is mandatory.


Internal surgery placement Due: Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020) 4:00 pm AEST
Week 11 - OSCE Begin Date: 29 May 2020

Module/Topic

This week the OSCE will be conducted during lecture time. 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

OSCE Due: Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 1:00 pm AEST
Week 12 - Review week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

This week we will review content covered throughout the term and any exam related queries will be clarified.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Competency tasks Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Review / Exam week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Exam week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

EXAM 40%

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.

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 details.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written assessment

Task Description

The written assessment will be in the form of an essay.

The topic will be specific to surgery and podiatry practice and will be provided to you by the Unit Coordinator. You will be expected to review the relevant literature in order to establish the current knowledge of Partial Nail Avulsions.

The essay must be 1500 (+/- 10%) words (excluding any references, figures and tables) and should include:

• A cover page which includes assessment title, student’s name and number, Unit Coordinators name, unit code and title, due date, word count.

• An introduction

• Argument/case supported with evidence from the literature.

• Conclusion

Formatting requirements:

  • Size 12 Arial font
  • 1.5 cm line spacing
  • 2 cm margins

Referencing requirements:

The American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style must be used for this assessment. Please refer to the Abridged Guide to the APA Referencing Style on Moodle for further information.

No late submissions are permitted for this assessment unless an extension has been granted by the Unit Coordinator. Please refer to the CQUniversity Assessment Policy and Procedure for more information regarding extensions. If you are late submitting your assessment, penalties will be applied according to the CQUniversity Assessment Policy and Procedure.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (1 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020)


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

You will need to demonstrate that you are able to:

LO 3. Discuss the medico-legal implications of podiatric surgical procedures

LO 4. Evaluate the indications, contraindications, and risks of basic surgical procedures conducted by podiatrists

The assessment rubric for the written assessment will be provided to you at the start of term in Moodle.

If the written assessment exceeds the word limit of 1500 (+ 10%) words, any content over the word limit will not be assessed by the examiner.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the medico-legal implications of podiatric surgical procedures
  • Evaluate the indications, contraindications, and risks of basic surgical procedures conducted by podiatrists


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

2 Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Assessment Title
OSCE

Task Description

The OSCE will include both written and practical stations of up to 15 minutes in length. The OSCE will last for up to 60 minutes. The OSCE will assess your clinical knowledge, practical and assessment skills and clinical reasoning. Based on written clinical scenarios you will be required to discuss (either verbally and/or written) and/or perform aspects of relevant history taking, diagnosis, assessment, treatment and overall management of the condition and/or clinical scenario presented and complete relevant patient documentation. All assessments may be video and/or audio-recorded for moderation purposes. You are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before the allocated start time for the OSCE and to wear full clinical uniform with enclosed shoes. The OSCE is closed book.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 1:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (15 Jun 2020)


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

In order to be eligible to PASS the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) you must achieve a minimum overall grade of 50% for the OSCE.

If you do not meet the above criterion of a minimum overall grade of 50%, you may be eligible for a supplementary assessment providing you meet the requirements as stipulated in the CQUniversity Grades and Results Procedure and this will be determined by the Unit Coordinator.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Examine the anatomy of the foot with particular emphasis on the nerves and associated structures to enable safe and effective delivery of local anaesthesia


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

3 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title
Internal surgery placement

Task Description

You will complete an internal clinical placement at the relevant CQUniversity Health Clinic. The internal clinical placement is scheduled to run on Fridays of Weeks 8, 9, 10 (8th, 15th, 22nd May 2020 between the hours of 8.00 am and 5.00 pm). During this placement you will perform toenail surgery and associated activities.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020) 4:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (12 Jun 2020)

Your completed PODI14014 Clinical Placement Log Book will be returned to you on the Friday of Review/Exam Week.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
A pass grade is required for professional practice placement in order to pass this unit.

Assessment Criteria

Clinical placement is compulsory requiring 100% attendance rate. You are required to wear the approved CQUniversity podiatry clinical uniform and to project a professional image at all times. If you are more than ten (10) minutes late for clinical placement, you may be marked as 'absent' and be required to make up the placement day. Please refer to the Clinical Placement Handbooks for further information related to placement. The internal clinical placement is assessed as pass/fail and your grade is assessed using the PODI14014 Clinical Placement Log Book (available on Moodle). You must print your own copy of the PODI14014 Clinical Placement Log Book for use during placement, and submit to your Unit Coordinator at the end of week 10.  Failure to submit the completed PODI14014 Clinical Placement Log Book by the due date will result in a 'Fail' grade.

If you miss clinical placement you should review the Clinical Placement Handbook and the CQUniversity Work-Integrated Learning/Student Placement Policy and Procedure.

Please pay attention to the following information:

• If you are absent from clinical placement you must follow the sick leave procedure provided to you during orientation. You must alert the relevant supervisors regarding your absenteeism prior to the commencement of the allocated clinical

learning experience for that day.

• You must provide the Unit Coordinator with either a medical certificate or statutory declaration explaining your absence no later than five (5) business days after each absence.

• All absence days will need to be made up. Make up sessions will be assigned to you in the case of absence(s). Make up sessions are non negotiable.

• You should be aware that the allocation of clinical placement takes precedence over any personal commitments.

• If you do not notify the relevant people regarding your absence(s) and do not attend an allocated placement you will receive a 'Fail' grade.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate advanced professional and ethical behaviour including use of effective communication skills and reporting related to surgery in podiatry practice
  • Examine the anatomy of the foot with particular emphasis on the nerves and associated structures to enable safe and effective delivery of local anaesthesia
  • Perform nail surgery safely and competently including postoperative management and related patient education.


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

4 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
Competency tasks

Task Description

You will be expected to complete a range of compulsory competency tasks that forms part of a competency checklist. 

The competency tasks will be made available to you at the start of term.  Each competency task will be completed during tutorial and/or practical sessions and your attendance is compulsory. More details and information regarding the on-campus activities will be made available at the start of term.



Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Each competency task will be completed during lecture, tutorial and/or practical sessions and signed off by the Unit Coordinator or member of academic staff. Your completion of the competency task on campus is compulsory.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Jun 2020)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
A pass grade is required for this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Assessment Criteria

The on campus activities in this unit consists of competency tasks relating to professional podiatry skills, which are inherent requirements to meet the professional standards. Satisfactory completion of these activities on campus are integral to your achievement of learning outcomes and assessment of this unit and other units within the course. Participation in all competency tasks is required for you to satisfactorily PASS this unit.

If you are unable to attend campus for scheduled classes, you must notify the Unit Coordinator (in writing/by email) as soon as possible, and provide a medical certificate or statutory declaration supporting any absence within five (5) working days. If the required documentation is not provided to the Unit Coordinator within the stipulated time frame, you will be marked as ‘Absent’ for the session. Failure to maintain a satisfactory competency record for on campus activities may seriously undermine your ability to complete this unit and will result in a ‘Fail’ grade.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
No submission is required for this assessment task.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate advanced professional and ethical behaviour including use of effective communication skills and reporting related to surgery in podiatry practice


Graduate Attributes
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an examination

Date
During the University examination period

Weighting
40%

Length
120 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
50

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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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.

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