PODI12006 - Fundamentals of Pre-Clinical Podiatry Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to podiatric clinical practice and the fundamental concepts required in practice. You will be exposed to the standards and codes of practice of a Podiatrist. You will learn to take a patient medical history and conduct a routine dermatological, vascular and neurological examination of the foot and lower limb. You will commence practical skill development in skin and nail technique using foot models, and under a simulated clinical setting.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1 and BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2

To be enrolled in this unit, students must be enrolled in CB86 Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) course.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 40%
2. In-class Test(s) 40%
3. On-campus Activity 20%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 66.67% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit Coordinator and lecturer reflection
Zoom breakout rooms were successfully used for tutorial classes to facilitate discussions amongst students and tutors.
Zoom breakout rooms should continue to be used to maintain student engagement during tutorial class and provide a forum for discussion for students to develop their communication skills.
Action Taken
Due to the small student cohort (3) breakout rooms where not used in 2021.
Source: Head of Course reflection
Unlike other years, where students had their practical sessions during the term, the conversion of all classes online meant that students were taught all the theoretical components first, before having their practical sessions in a block at the end. It will be interesting to see if students' performance and learning are affected by the 'block practicals' model.
Having practical sessions as a 'block' ensures that students have learnt the full theoretical content before embarking on hands on practical sessions. Students may benefit and if the feedback were positive, future offerings may consider conducting practical sessions in blocks.
Action Taken
In 2021, practical sessions were not conducted in "blocks" but weekly after each lecture and tutorial. It seems that regardless of method of delivery the students still do well.
Source: Unit coordinator Student feedback
Online lectures and tutorials were successfully conducted with the lecturer in Rockhampton. Practical sessions were taught face to face in the Sydney clinic. Students reported that having the zoom lectures recorded and uploaded to Moodle in a timely manner was helpful for reviewing unit content as their own pace.
It is recommended that lectures continue to be recorded and uploaded to Moodle weekly.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
One student had issues accessing ECHO360 videos and only informed the unit co-ordinator late in the term, and close to the final assessment date. The student managed to get assistance from TASAC to resolve the issue eventually.
It is recommended that at the commencement of term, students are provided with an orientation to the structure of the unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Define the scope of practice for podiatrists, and recognise standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice
  2. Set up the podiatry work space, based on Infection Control, Occupational Health and Safety and other standards within workplace health and safety legislations
  3. Conduct a basic podiatric assessment in a professional manner, demonstrating ethical, culturally sensitive and inclusive behavior
  4. Discuss the basic aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and treatment of common neurovascular, nail and skin disorders in general podiatry practice
  5. Perform manual skills using general podiatry equipment and basic chair side techniques in a safe manner.

The Learning Outcomes are linked to the professional standards set by the Podiatry Board of Australia. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Presentation
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - On-campus Activity