PODI12010 - Advanced Anatomy and Podiatric Biomechanics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with comprehensive knowledge in functional anatomy and biomechanics of the lower limb specifically required in the profession of podiatry. A strong focus will be on the integration of anatomical structures and functions and how these both influence, and are influenced by the manner in which the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems work together. You will learn to use biomechanical terminology relating to the lower extremity that describes motion, position and structural abnormality. Theoretical principles, measurement techniques and gait analysis will also be investigated.


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

Prerequisites: BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1, BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2, NUP 57075 Introduction to Podiatry Practice

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 3 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Presentation 40%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 100.00% 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: SUTE Unit Comment
Classroom location at the library was not ideal as the size was too small and the location of the chairs and tables were too close to the monitor.
It is recommended that the lessons be timetabled at a venue with a larger capacity.
Action Taken
In 2023, this unit was scheduled in an Allied Health simulation room.
Source: SUTE Unit Comment
More instructions and guidance should be provided for the written assessment.
It is recommended that detailed instructions and guidance also be provided in written form and uploaded on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Detailed instructions and guidance for the written assessment were uploaded to Moodle, and the assessment requirements were also discussed during class time.
Source: Verbal student feedback and reflection
The hands-on practical sessions in Week 5 and Week 10 were appreciated.
It is recommended that the practical sessions continue to take place in future deliveries of this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and explain the functional anatomy of all muscle, tendon and joint units of the lower limb
  2. Interpret the mechanical, physiological and anatomical concepts in the context of human physical performance
  3. Use the key biomechanical terms and principles relating to the lower extremity, which describe motion, position and/or deformity
  4. Perform a range of biomechanical assessments using quantitative measurement techniques, including assessment of their validity
  5. Analyse the gait cycle, its determinants and the related phases of human locomotion.

Learning Outcomes are linked to the Podiatry Board Competency Standards.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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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
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