PODI13011 - Podiatry Clinical Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit encompasses a clinical component and a research component. In the clinical component, you will continue to assess, diagnose, manage and treat a range of patients with different lower limb pathologies; including patients with dermatological, vascular, neurological and nail pathologies. In addition, opportunities will be provided to you to advance your podiatric skills and treat patients with sports injuries and other biomechanical concerns. During clinic, you are required to clearly present patient cases and explain the related underlying pathophysiology to your clinical supervisor; including demonstrating your clinical reasoning skills with respect to assessment, diagnosis and management. This unit is the first of the formal requirements of the research project component of the Honours degree. In the research component you will complete a research proposal and identify a research project through your analysis of the literature that will be carried out in the fourth year of the course.


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-requisites: PODI13007 Podiatry Clinical Practice 2, PODI13008 Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Limb, PODI13009 Neurovascular Medicine in Podiatry Practice, PODI13010 Sports in Podiatry Practice. Co-requisite: PODI13015 Advanced Pharmacology 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 - 2023

Term 2 - 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. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Practical Assessment 50%
3. Project (research) 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
Students felt that the lecturer broke down tasks into a 'step-by-step' process which made assessment task completion (preparing an ethics application) very easy to complete.
Students generally find research daunting. It is recommended that all tasks be broken down step by step with exemplars to assist students with the research process.
Action Taken
Research tasks were broken down step by step with exemplars to assist students with the research process.
Source: Have your say
Lecturer handled the COVID situation very well, and moved all lectures online smoothly. Students also appreciated that there were recorded lectures so they could review content at their own pace.
It is recommended that students continue to be provided with recorded lectures so that students can review lecture content at their own pace.
Action Taken
Recorded lectures were provided so students could review the content at their own pace.
Source: External clinical supervisor
Students were reported to be confident and competent while on clinical placement.
It is recommended that all students be provided with a briefing on professional behaviour before going on external clinical placement to ensure that a positive image of CQUniversity is projected.
Action Taken
Source: Informal student feedback
Students enjoyed their 3 week internal clinical placement blocks where they were exposed to a wide range of sports and biomechanical podiatry cases.
It is recommended that internal clinical placements continue to enable students to apply their theoretical knowledge in a clinical setting.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically appraise a range of literature focused on a specified topic
  2. Conduct an appropriate analysis and draw reasoned conclusions to make future recommendations for research and practice
  3. Identify and analyse key clinical problems by planning and completing assessments, including taking patient history, conducting objective tests and investigations with moderate supervision
  4. Select and correctly apply therapeutic and/or preventative interventions based on patient assessment findings
  5. Communicate effectively and efficiently with patients and within multi-disciplinary environments
  6. Demonstrate competency at an entry level standard of practice in clinical reasoning, execution of techniques, and delivery of programs to manage specific clinical problems.

The Learning Outcomes are linked to the Podiatry Board of Australia (AHPRA) Professional Capabilities for Podiatrists.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Project (research)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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