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 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 54.55% 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 Feedback - Have Your Say
Feedback
The best aspects of the unit were the organisation and assessment description. Lecture slides and learning materials were very thorough which reduced study stress and assisted with being able to learn throughout the term.
Recommendation
As this is the last core unit encompassing theory of clinical biomechanics in the Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) Course, it is vital that students are knowledgeable in this area prior to treating patients of a biomechanical nature. As such, this unit will continue to be well organised and developed with ever-evolving research in this field to keep students abreast of the latest relevant knowledge.
Action Taken
The unit was organised in a similar fashion this delivery and updated to reflect new research in the field. A guest speaker was also engaged due to expert knowledge in one topic.
Source: Staff Reflection based on Have Your Say Student Feedback
Feedback
Reconsider weighting and type of assessment tasks
Recommendation
While the three assessment tasks in this unit are purposely varied to provide opportunity for different strengths and learning styles, it is acknowledged that the weighting of such assessment tasks could be reconsidered in the future. Clinical placement is a pass/fail grade, leaving the written assessment and examination to be worth 50% each of the overall final mark. It is acknowledged that if a student does not perform as well as anticipated in the written assessment, they may encounter more stress and anxiety in the lead up to the examination. Weighting and the type of assessment tasks will be revised based on this feedback for future delivery of this unit.
Action Taken
This feedback is from the 2017 delivery of the unit, and an assessment change was implemented for the 2018 offering (in which there were no students enrolled). Based on this feedback, a practical assessment task was added to the unit to decrease the pressure related to having two assessment tasks worth 50%, however this was subsequently removed for the 2019 delivery due to this cohort of students already having multiple practical assessments across other units. Interestingly, positive feedback was received regarding the assessment weighting in the 2019 delivery of the unit, as in some other units students have a lot of assessment tasks to complete. Although having two 50% assessment tasks does put pressure on some students, the feedback was that students appreciated not having to complete too many assessment tasks. This unit will continue to incorporate a written assessment (50%) and written examination (50%) for the next delivery.
Source: Student Feedback - Have Your Say
Feedback
My own knowledge of biomechanics needs improvement
Recommendation
It is acknowledged that clinical biomechanics of the lower limb can be a difficult area to understand during the initial stages of learning, and therefore the podiatry course contains a number of units specific to biomechanics in order to strengthen student knowledge. Scaffolding of learning will continue to occur to ensure students achieve the level of knowledge rquired for subsequent clinical placement experience and to ensure work readiness.
Action Taken
The precursor to Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Limb, Advanced Antatomy and Podiatric Biomechanics was recently completely reviewed and updated. Subsequently, the current cohort of students were more adequately prepared for this unit, and this likely contributed to one student being able to achieve a 'high distinction' grade.
Source: Student evaluation feedback.
Feedback
Some students would have appreciated more practical classes to prepare for professional practice placement.
Recommendation
This unit already has a weekly practical class where students learn practical and clinical skills relating to lower limb biomechanics, so it is not feasible to increase the number of practical classes. In order to adequately prepare students who are confident to participate in clinical placement in a biomechanics context, the removal of the professional practice placement assessment task will be considered for the next offering of PODI13008. This ensures that students have to pass all assessment tasks before they will be exposed to patients in a biomechanical clinic the following term. This also gives students the term break to take additional time to prepare for seeing this patient cohort if individual students feel this is required.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation feedback.
Feedback
Assessment return needs to be timely in order for students to learn from feedback.
Recommendation
It is acknowledged that timely feedback is important for student learning and improvement. This year, the delay in assessment task return was partly due to the high number of extensions approved. In the future, strategies will be implemented to provide general assessment feedback to students, in spite of possible assignment extension requests. In future deliveries of this unit, the Unit Coordinator will also take into consideration factors which may increase the time taken for assessment return, and endeavor to return assessments to students in as timely a manner as possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Some students would appreciate for lectures to be recorded.
Recommendation
It is acknowledged that students would appreciate the flexibility and study resource of online lectures, however podiatry staff are concerned this could significantly impact student engagement and attendance. Lectures in this unit have been typically ran in an informal fashion, and meaningful discussions often arise as a result of direct student engagement and questions. If lectures were to be recorded, it is a concern that this engagement and attendance will reduce. Recorded lectures may be trialed in the future or when enrollment numbers increase.
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