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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 and senescence 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. You will be able to describe the role of podiatric practice in an ageing society.

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-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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Group Work 30%
3. Examination 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.

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Feedback
The students found the lecturer very engaging and facilitated a lot of discussions. This was especially useful as the lesson was time-tabled in the afternoon.
Recommendation
The lesson will continue to be delivered in an engaging way, requiring student involvement in discussions, presentations and hands-on practicals.
Action Taken
In 2020, face to face lectures moved to online delivery. Despite this, the lecturer delivered the online lectures and tutorials in a way that engaged students, and required discussion and participation. Hands on practical sessions were delivered face to face in the clinical setting.
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Feedback
Students generally did not enjoy reading journal articles which was part of the requirement before lectures. Instead, a suggestion was provided to have an excursion to an aged care facility to appreciate first- hand, the mobility issues faced by the elderly.
Recommendation
Journal articles are required to provide students with up-to-date and evidence-based theoretical knowledge of gerontology in podiatry practice. More communication will be provided to students to highlight this point and the importance of reading journal articles provided to them. Students will encounter more elderly patients in the following term during clinical placements. Therefore an excursion to an aged care facility may not be valuable at this juncture where students may not have sufficient underpinning knowledge to manage elderly patients yet.
Action Taken
Journal articles are provided as teaching materials in lectures, and as part of tutorial activities. This provides students with up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge. Communication regarding the importance of journal articles was given throughout the term.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students appreciated that assessments were marked and returned swiftly and feedback was provided in a timely manner.
Recommendation
Unit coordinators and lecturers should continue to provide timely assessment return and feedback.
Action Taken
Unit coordinators and lecturers continued to provide timely assessment feedback and return.
Source: Verbal student feedback
Feedback
Allocating time during the tutorials to receive feedback on assessment tasks was helpful.
Recommendation
It is recommended that time be allocated during tutorials to provide feedback on assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate the socio-economic impact of ageing and relate to podiatric practice.
  2. Apply effective and appropriate communication styles in managing the ageing patient.
  3. Describe the physiology and pathophysiology of ageing on different body systems.
  4. Analyse the relationship between common disease conditions and foot problems of older adults.
  5. Appraise functional performance with respect to basic sensory, perceptual and physical changes associated with ageing.
  6. Describe the cognitive and psychological changes associated with ageing and their impact on care.
  7. Examine the challenges of polypharmacy encountered with elderly patients in podiatric practice.
  8. Evaluate best evidence in gerontology relevant to podiatric practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Examination