PODI13009 - Neurovascular Medicine in Podiatry Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will focus on the neurological and vascular disorders that have an impact on the lower extremity. You will examine the clinical features, pathogenesis and significance of such disorders and develop an understanding of the psychosocial impact. You will advance your skill and knowledge of diagnostic screening with the use of specialised tests specific to the lower limb. An evidence based approach to clinical examination will be central to this unit.

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

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

Pre-requisite: PODI12009 Clinical Podiatry Practice 1

AND

Corequisite: PODI13007 Clinical Podiatry Practice 2

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 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 35%
2. In-class Test(s) 15%
3. Examination 50%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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
This unit was good to be able to grasp a further understanding of neurovascular conditions in relation to podiatry, and I could personally implement some of the tests into a practical setting.
Recommendation
Based on this feedback it is good to see that this unit promoted the application of theories into clinical podiatry practice. This theoretical unit will continue to focus on practical simulation to build confidence in the knowledge and skills required for effective neurovascular screening and related management.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback - Have Your Say
Feedback
The written assessment should not have been due so close to the exam period.
Recommendation
This will change for future delivery. Consideration will be given to moving the written assessment due date earlier in the term to ensure students have opportunity to understand where they are academically (earlier in the term) and what areas they need to improve prior to the final exam period.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback - Have Your Say and Staff Reflection
Feedback
Use of online quizzes to help students perform better.
Recommendation
This will be considered for future unit delivery. Use of a formative/summative quiz tool in Moodle would be useful to assist students to test their knowledge and also to provide instant feedback to improve performance of the stated unit learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Staff Self Reflection
Feedback
Feedback on assessment
Recommendation
It is recognised that feedback during learning is the most powerful way to enhance students learning. Staff will be encouraged to be more timely and meaningful in the construction of feedback so that it remains still fresh in the student's mind, before the student moves on to subsequent tasks.
Action Taken
Feedback on assessment was addressed in more detail with this unit delivery and this is perhaps evidenced by the +1.0 improvement in student satisfaction rating. It is hoped that the feedback provided in the individual written assessment task was in fact a powerful influence on student learning and achievement in the unit.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
At times this course appeared to be broken up into three different subjects which made it harder to understand than I believe it needed to be.
Recommendation
This course needed to cover in greater detail review of the vascular and neurological anatomy of the lower limb studied at a introductory level in earlier years. It also needed to cover the theory specific to neurovascular pathophysiology and then relate this to the common clinical presentations seen in real life practice. It was broken into components to ensure a sequence of learning but based on this feedback for future years staff will look at other teaching and learning strategies to enhance the integration of topics covered to promote a more positive learning experience and to cater more for varying learning styles in students.
Action Taken
Whilst this unit needed to cover content across the domains of neurology and vascular anatomy and pathologies, the Unit Coordinator along with the Lecturer worked on improving the synergies for better sequence of delivery. Student progression of learning as evidenced by their results was perhaps related to better sequencing of teaching and learning material.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
This course provided a comprehensive overview of neurovascular structures and pathologies in relation to podiatry and foot health. Lecturers supportive and assisted with any questions.
Recommendation
Having teaching staff that are eager to expand their own subject knowledge and to support and mentor the students is very important and integral to the program.
Action Taken
New staff were involved in this years delivery of lectures, tutorials and practicals. All staff were well prepared and keen to support the students and each other.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and evaluate neurovascular assessments
  2. Describe the impact of vascular and neurological conditions affecting the lower limb
  3. Evaluate strategies for managing neurological and vascular conditions in podiatry practice
  4. Select self-management techniques for patients with a range of different neurological and vascular conditions
  5. Exhibit professional behaviour in accordance with the podiatric profession, including upholding the legal and ethical responsibilities of the profession.

Per NPC1311

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Examination
4 - 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
9 - Social Innovation
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 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Examination
4 - On-campus Activity