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 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: ALLH11005 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1 and ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2. PODI12006 Fundamentals of Pre-Clinical Podiatry Practice.

Corequisite: PODI12009 Podiatry Clinical Practice 1.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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

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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%).

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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: Have Your Say - Student Feedback
The repetition of information reiterated the importance of learning anatomy for the future workplace.
It is recognised that repetition is necessary for learning and can help students to learn better, but it is not sufficient for most learning. However, staff will continue to implement a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help memory including repetitiion, imagery and patterns in this combined foundational biomechanics and anatomy unit.
Action Taken
This previous recommendation was addressed by encouraging learning not only by repetition, but with the use of images and practical skills to learn the content.
Source: Staff Reflection
Need for anatomy focused podiatry staff to teach in future unit delivery.
Podiatry staff with a specific focus on the discipline of anatomy will be used for future delivery of this unit.
Action Taken
This previous recommendation was addressed. The unit coordinator & lecturer has a masters in Clinical Biomechanics which provides expertise in this field of practice.
Source: Staff reflection
Learning in preparation for the Quiz
It is vital that students are knowledgeable in anatomy prior to treating patients in future years. One assessment included an online quiz which tested the students ability to remember the origin, insertion, action and innervations of different muscles, along with other content taught in the anatomy lectures. In future years it may be beneficial in giving the students more regular feedback, such as having a practice quiz at the end of each lecture. This way students get formative feedback regarding their anatomy skills and gives the opportunity to improve content knowledge.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback during the Term
Organisation of the practicals
Throughout the term positive feedback was given during each practical session. The students found the hands of approach a useful way of learning. This included being able to practice each biomechanical test on each other which they found helpful in understanding the theory taught behind each test. The anatomy models were also beneficial as the students were able to visualise the muscles and anatomical structures, as opposed to only see images in the lecture slides. As this teaching strategy worked well, staff will continue to include hands-on practicals.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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