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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.

Details

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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Rockhampton

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) 10%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
3. Examination 40%
4. On-campus Activity 10%

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

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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 co-ordinator self reflection
Feedback
A 3D printed foot model was custom designed in collaboration with the Department of Engineering for use in this unit. The introduction of a 3D printed foot model increased the engagement level of students as they were able to practice in a safe, simulated environment. As each student had access to their own foot model, there was less time wasted waiting, and more time with hands-on practice.
Recommendation
These low cost 3D printed foot models should continue to be used to maintain student engagement and provide more hands-on practice time.
Action Taken
Simulation sessions using the 3D printed foot model is used to develop student's practical skills such as debridement technique.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students enjoyed their first podiatry practical unit and even though they had their first OSCE in the course, the exam flowed well and the experience was positive.
Recommendation
It is good to continue setting aside adequate time to prepare students for their first OSCE, with mock questions, and running the practice session in the actual OSCE venue so that students know what to expect.
Action Taken
Students were given the opportunity to perform in a Mock OSCE prior to the assessment to prepare for the actual assessment task.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
There was inadequate time practicing skills on-campus as there were two public holidays in the term.
Recommendation
Whilst it is not possible to time-table lessons to avoid public holidays, it is acknowledged that this unit is a very hands-on unit. More focus could be placed to ensure that practical sessions are fully utilised. Some of the tutorial sessions could also be self directed, and/or converted to practical sessions instead.
Action Taken
Students have the opportunity to conduct hands-on manual activities such as conducting hand hygiene and utilising podiatry instruments in the CQUniversity Health Clinic.
Source: Unit Coordinator and lecturer reflection
Feedback
Zoom breakout rooms were successfully used for tutorial classes to facilitate discussions amongst students and tutors.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Source: Head of Course reflection
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
4 - 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
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
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - On-campus Activity