PODI12007 - Gerontology in Podiatry Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to provide you with a strong comprehension of the psycho-social-biological changes that people experience as they grow older. Population ageing across all communities and cultures, as well as the theories of ageing will be reviewed. The physiological and pathophysiological effects of ageing will be covered in-depth. The implications of an ageing society for all Australians will also be discussed. Mental health issues, particularly in dementia care and communication, along with polypharmacy in the elderly will be addressed. By the end of the unit, you will be able to describe the role of podiatric practice in an ageing society.


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-requisite: ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals.

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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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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Presentation 30%
3. In-class Test(s) 50%

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: Verbal student feedback
Allocating time during the tutorials to receive feedback on assessment tasks was helpful.
It is recommended that time be allocated during tutorials to provide feedback on assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Time was allocated during tutorial sessions to provide students with feedback on assessment tasks.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
Previous offerings covered theoretical content that was also covered in other units like Rheumatology and Fundamentals. This unit has been updated to remove the duplication of content across units.
It is recommended that the content in this unit be continually streamlined to reduce over-repetition and duplication of content across other units.
Action Taken
Unit content was examined at the staff team planning days 2020 and content in this unit was streamlined to reduce over-repetition and duplication of content across other units in the course.
Source: Student feedback (verbal)
Pre-recorded sessions on assessment tasks, provided early in the term, were helpful for students' planning and preparation for assessment items.
It is recommended that recorded sessions on assessment tasks continue to be provided to students early in the term, to allow students adequate time to prepare for assessment tasks, and the ability to review the recordings for information at their own pace.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback (verbal)
Exam revision session was very helpful in summarising and reviewing the entire term's worth of content.
It is recommended that exam revision sessions be planned in the unit weekly schedule to help students review the entire term's content. Mock exams that simulate the actual exam experience is helping students students adequately prepare for the exam.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
Due to COVID restrictions this year, the exam was an open book assessment. Although the learning outcomes were still adequately assessed, it may be better to have a closed book assessment so that recall items can be assessed fully as well.
Given that COVID restrictions may continue to bring challenges to invigilated closed book class tests, it is recommended that alternative closed book assessments may have to be considered e.g. oral/ practical interviews and assessments conducted via zoom.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Determine the physiology, patho-physiology and socio-economic impact of ageing on the body system and relate them to common foot conditions in podiatric practice.
  2. Develop knowledge and skills to effectively communicate with elderly patients.
  3. Appraise functional performance of geriatric podiatry patients to identify evidence-based management for cognitive, psychological, sensory, and perceptual changes associated with ageing.
  4. Identify the challenges of polypharmacy encountered with elderly patients in podiatric practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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