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PODI12010 - Podiatric Biomechanics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course introduces the students to the theoretical and clinical application of podiatric biomechanics. Students 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 be investigated. Students will critically evaluate research in podiatric biomechanics.

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

ALLH12008

Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics 1

Prerequisite

PODI12009

Podiatry Clinical Practice 1

Co-requisite

 

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 - 2014

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Rockhampton
Sydney
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Rockhampton
Sydney
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Rockhampton
Sydney
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. Practical and Written Assessment 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.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students enjoyed this unit and felt that the content was manageable with key concepts explained and presented well. Weekly tutorials were very relevant to the topics.
Recommendation
This is an introductory unit to clinical biomechanics, lessons should continue to be succinct and focus on the basic concepts.
Action Taken
Lessons continued to be succinct and focused on basic concepts.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
This year, the practicals in Rockhampton were conducted weekly, and the Sydney students had a 4 hour block practical. Many Sydney students felt disadvantaged as their practical sessions were conducted later.
Recommendation
The change in practical session delivery was implemented this year so that the same lecturer could facilitate all practical sessions. Based on the ratings, the students seem to appreciate the fact that the same lecturer taught the content and facilitated the practicals. The delivery and timing of practical sessions will continue to be monitored.
Action Taken
This year, due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, all practical sessions were conducted in blocks for both campuses in the later part of the term.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students felt that recording of lectures would be conducive to their learning process
Recommendation
It is acknowledged that some of the biomechanical concepts may be hard to grasp and so the recording of selected key lectures should be considered.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all lectures were conducted over zoom this year, with key concepts reinforced during practical classes. Lecture recording can be considered at the next offering.
Source: Staff reflection
Feedback
Teaching 2 hour lectures over zoom was challenging.
Recommendation
It is recommended to have shorter lectures and longer interactive tutorial sessions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Informal feedback from students
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue engaging students with interactive practical sessions, making use of emerging technology.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare past and current podiatric biomechanical theories.
  2. Use the biomechanical terms relating to the lower extremity, which describe motion, position and/or deformity.
  3. Conduct a range of biomechanical assessments using quantitative measurement.
  4. Explain the basic principles of motion.
  5. Analyse the gait cycle, its determinants and the related phases of human locomotion.
  6. Evaluate the outcome of normal loading on the body and how this may be impaired by common gait pathologies.
  7. Critically evaluate podiatric biomechanics with respect to best practice assessment technique.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination