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PODI13008 - Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Limb

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be presented with common structural and functional variations of the lower limb as seen in podiatry practice. You will learn the aetiology, clinical diagnosis and management of common orthopaedic lower limb conditions. You will refine and develop your knowledge and skills in clinical gait analysis and biomechanical assessment which will be used to assess and diagnose biomechanical conditions of the lower limb. This will incorporate various motion analysis devices and medical equipment in the assessment and treatment of biomechanical conditions in a podiatric context.

Details

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

Prerequisites: PODI12010 Advanced Anatomy and Podiatric Biomechanics. To be enrolled in this unit, students must be enrolled in CB86 Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) course.

Co-requisites: PODI13007 Podiatry Clinical Practice 2 and PODI13010 Sports in 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney

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 50%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. On-campus Activity 0%
4. 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 87.5% 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 Survey
Feedback
Students found the lecture slides very clear, concise and not too wordy.
Recommendation
It is recommended that lecture slides should be updated each year to incorporate any recent developments in the field. Regular updates of lecture content and teaching resources should continue.
Action Taken
Lectures were kept clear, concise and updated.
Source: Student Evaluation Survey
Feedback
Students found the weekly videos demonstrating clinical assessments were helpful in reinforcing concepts that were learnt during class.
Recommendation
It is recommended that even when practical classes resume to 'on-campus', these video learning resources should still be made available to students for the purpose of revision. Teaching staff should continue to offer relevant and updated practical videos in this unit.
Action Taken
Video of clinical assessments were provided to students. In addition, associated lectures were also recorded and provided to students alongside the clinical assessment demonstration videos.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students enjoyed the two day biomechanical placement in the student-led clinic. Students had to methodically work through all the assessments in the biomechanical assessment form.
Recommendation
The two day clinical placement should continue in this format so that students get hands on practice on every assessment on the form.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The lecture content was interesting and well organised. The lecturer explained all the concepts very well, tying the theoretical content to the practical assessments.
Recommendation
The content of the unit should continue in this format and follow the biomechanical assessment form closely. This allows students to relate the biomechanical theories learnt in this unit, to practical clinical assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say, unit coordinator reflection
Feedback
Students felt anxious about not receiving the last assessment task results and feedback. This was due to an oversight on the part of the unit-coordinator who completed all marking on time, but did not 'unhide' the marks on the Grades set up page after all student marks were uploaded.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit-coordinator remembers to click on the 'unhide marks' feature on the Grades page once all marking is complete. Students may also have to provide timely feedback to the unit-coordinator if they do not see their marks within the assessment return time frame set out on their unit profile.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess podiatric cases involving clinical biomechanics of the lower limb, and interpret and analyse findings
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate podiatric interventions for patients with common biomechanical pathologies of the lower limb
  3. Evaluate peer reviewed biomechanical literature to support decision making in podiatry practice.

Per NPC1304

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - On-campus Activity
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - On-campus Activity
4 - Examination