PODI13007 - Podiatry Clinical Practice 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will encompass a theoretical component, a practical component and a clinical component. The theoretical and practical components will concentrate on the prescription and construction of foot orthoses, where you will produce a range of orthotic devices. The clinical component will focus on further developing your ability to take a holistic approach to assess, diagnose and manage a range of patients, with more of a focus on skin and nail pathologies. You will present clinical cases, explaining the underlying pathophysiology and show your clinical reasoning with respect to assessment, diagnosis and management. As a matter of continuous development, you will be expected to progress your professional podiatric clinical skills.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: PODI12009 Podiatry Clinical Practice 1. 

Co-requisite: PODI13008 Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Limb.

To be enrolled in this unit, students must also be enrolled in CB86 Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) course.

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

Term 1 - 2023 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. In-class Test(s) 50%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. On-campus Activity 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.5% 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: Student Evaluation - Have Your Say
Learning resources such as video recording was uploaded on to Moodle for students to learn skills such as orthotic/plaster casting. Students acknowledged that this was useful and they were more confident in performing the task after watching the video.
The use of video recording for particular practical skills is recommended to be continued to be used in this unit.
Action Taken
Teaching videos have been further developed and utilised to facilitate the teaching and learning of the practical skills within this unit.
Source: Unit Coordinator/ lecturer reflection
Students were required to video record themselves while conducting their practical skills (e.g. obtaining a positive mould of the foot using a foam impression). This was valuable for students to perform reflective practice by watching themselves and critiquing their own skills.
Self reflection and peer review provide holistic feedback to students regarding their own performance and progress. It is recommended that this task be continued in this unit to assist student to engage in reflective practice.
Action Taken
Students were encouraged to engage in self reflection and peer review to critique their own and their peer's performance and progress throughout the term.
Source: Student Evaluation - Have Your Say
Students appreciated the involvement of external clinical supervisors in the CQUniversity Health Clinic during their professional practice placement.
It is recommended that external clinical supervisors are continued to be involved in the learning and teaching of this unit. Students will have the opportunity to learn from multiple clinicians and be exposed to a range of clinical skills.
Action Taken
Source: Staff Reflection
This unit focuses on the common lower limb orthotic conditions in podiatry practice, introducing students to concepts relating to orthotic therapy and manufacturing. This is unit is well designed and methodical to ensure students have the opportunity to extend their knowledge in the area of the biomechanical pathological conditions and orthotic therapy.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continues to build on the existing processes of planning, developing and delivery of the unit to continue to achieve positive student satisfaction and outcome.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate competency at a foundational standard of practice in clinical reasoning, execution of techniques and objective assessments, and delivery of programs to manage specific clinical problems
  2. Develop and implement an appropriate patient-centred management plan based on assessment and analysis of presenting complaints
  3. Develop skills in taking and evaluating different types of casts of the foot
  4. Develop skills in orthotic prescription writing
  5. Manufacture and appraise simple, accommodative, and functional orthotic devices.

Per NPC1315

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - On-campus Activity