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 1 - 2023

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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. 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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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: Staff reflection
Teaching 2 hour lectures over zoom was challenging.
It is recommended to have shorter lectures and longer interactive tutorial sessions.
Action Taken
Lectures were kept to 1hr 15 mins, with a rest break. Tutorials were interactive and required responses/ presentations from the students.
Source: Informal feedback from students
Students enjoyed the practical aspect of this unit, including the use of a motion capture app to analyse gait, a pedograph to get obtain footprint for analyses and plaster casting the feet.
It is recommended to continue engaging students with interactive practical sessions, making use of emerging technology.
Action Taken
Technology was used during practical sessions to engage students.
Source: Lecturer reflection
The lectures and tutorials were conducted via zoom which was challenging when teaching anatomy and biomechanics content. Some students had poor internet connection. Recorded lectures were helpful for students to revise content or anything they may have missed due to poor internet connection. Innovative technology was also used such as "Glass board' to deliver lectures.
It is recommended that students continue to be provided with recorded lectures so that they can review the content at their own pace. Teaching tools such as "Glass board" should continue to be used.
Action Taken
Source: Informal student feedback
Although biomechanical theories were difficult to grasp, students enjoyed the practical session where they utilised a motion capture app to analyse their walking gait. The theories started to make more sense when applied in a clinical setting.
Students should continue to be exposed to the use of technology to conduct objective biomechanical assessments and analysis.
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
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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