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 develop the necessary communication skills required in patient management and will learn to undertake a comprehensive patient history and to conduct a routine podiatric examination. You will gain knowledge in common dermatopathology, including microbiology of the skin and nails in podiatric practice and commence practical skill development in skin and nail technique. In addition, you will complete 40 hours of external placement as a participant-observer in an allied health clinic involving podiatry.

Details

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

ALLH11005 and ALLH11004.

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

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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).

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. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 30%
3. Examination 40%
4. Professional Practice Placement 0%
5. On-campus Activity 0%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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: Student Feedback - Have Your Say
Feedback
The content was enjoyable and interesting, practicals did make it easier to learn content through doing it.
Recommendation
The theory taught in this unit provides students with much of the foundational knowledge required for basic practice in preparation for the clinical training units that follow. The practical learning reinforces how that knowledge is applied. The unit will continue to be delivered weekly in-class with a lecture first, tutorial second and practical 'hands-on' third. More time allocated to practical workshops will however be considered for future deliveries to increase student engagement and promote a broader appreciation of the discipline at an introductory level.
Action Taken
Practical sessions were provided to provide students with the opportunity to practice the manual skills required. The practical sessions were used to facilitate the learning of the content delivered in this unit. As this is the first podiatry specific clinical unit for students in the course. Practical sessions will be continued to ensure students have the same learning opportunities in future years.
Source: Staff Feedback
Feedback
Pre-clinical placement documentation - fundamental to progression in course.
Recommendation
Before students are able to be allocated to a clinical placement the podiatry department is required to have all required mandatory documentation on file. Students who do not complete these pre-placement requirements will not be allowed to proceed with their placement. Students must be prepared to take personal responsibility for their learning journey and to ensure all pre-clinical placement requirements are met on time and in advance of any set placement dates. This will enable students a smoother transition to placement.
Action Taken
This is an ongoing action/ recommendation as the pre-clinical placement documentation continues to be a challenge for students with respect to them gathering all of the related evidence, and in time to enable placement allocation and attendance. Outlining to the students the pre-clinical requirements in term 2 of first year will provide students with more time to ensure they have met all pre-clinical requirements.
Source: Summary of Student Feedback - Have Your Say
Feedback
Students highlighted some difficulty with understanding the pre-clinical requirements and finding resources on the Moodle page.
Recommendation
Pre-clinical requirements are vital for students to continue with the course. The importance of obtaining ALL Pre-clinical requirements needs to be emphasied at the beginning of the year, with clear guidelines and reference pointing to the information in the Moodle page. At present, students have been asked to refer to the Course Handbook. Specific page reference to the handbook should be provided to the students on the Moodle page. Students should also be required to let the unit coordinator know the moment they face delays or hurdles in obtaining their pre-clinical requirements on time.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Summary of Student Feedback - Have Your Say
Feedback
Students highlighted the need for practice OSCE questions to help with their understanding of the type of questions that could be asked.
Recommendation
Students were given a sample OSCE paper in class, with the lecturer running through the type of questions and expected answers. However, the students still felt they had a poor understanding of assessment tasks and outcomes. It must also be noted that this is their first OSCE in the course. Perhaps, one practice at the end of term is not deemed sufficient. Based on this feedback, practice OSCE questions may be provided during tutorials throughout the term so that students have a clear understanding of how an OSCE is run, and what to expect.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the scope of practice for podiatrists and discuss standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice
  2. Exhibit professional behaviour and complete the pre-clinical documentation required for placement
  3. Conduct a basic patient assessment, involving medico-social history taking and physical examination, in a simulated environment
  4. Discuss the basic aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and treatment of common nail and skin, neurovascular and biomechanical disorders in general podiatry practice
  5. Safely perform manual skills using general podiatry equipment and basic chair side techniques under supervision.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
3 - Examination
4 - Professional Practice Placement
5 - 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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
3 - Examination
4 - Professional Practice Placement
5 - On-campus Activity