PODI13015 - Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatry Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will be divided into two main components: pharmacotherapeutics and anaesthesia specific to podiatry practice. In pharmacotherapeutics the student will gain understanding of S2, S3, S4 and S8 medicines administered in common diseases seen in podiatry practice and learn further of their role in management of disease. In anaesthesia, the student will gain advanced knowledge of anaesthetics pertinent to podiatry practice. Topics covered will include pre-surgical history and physical assessment, informed consent, charting, maximum safe dose, and injection instrumentation. Students will also begin to practice injection technique in a simulated setting.


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

Prerequisite: PODI13007 Clinical Practice 2 - and

Corequisite: PODI13011 Clinical Practice 3

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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

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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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 85.71% 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 Staff Self Reflection
It might be of more benefit having advanced pharmacology being offered sooner after completion of the first general pharmacology subject.
Whilst this would be ideal, it is difficult to move the course any earlier as it is aligned to run before the surgery course, which is a level 4 course. Students, however have opportunity to put into practice their base knowledge of pharmacology taught in the earlier years during clinical placements throughout the program.
Action Taken
This recommendation has not changed and as such the unit was not moved in its position within the curriculum. As an aside, this cohort of students did not question the timeline gap between the foundational pharmacology unit in Year 2, Term 1 and this unit in Year 3, Term 2. Perhaps this was because clinical supervisors continued to focus on medications in the clinical setting and of the need for students to review and upskill regarding these interventions along the continuum of patient care.
Source: Student Feedback - Have Your Say
Great course. Mostly relevant material. I loved the weekly tutorials.
Weekly tutorials will continue to be included in future course deliveries to help students gain a deep understanding of the weekly topics and to supplement student learning.
Action Taken
Tutorials continued to be offered to ensure students had opportunity to engage in class discussions, address questions or misunderstandings, and link the learning materials to the students' experiences from the clinical setting.
Source: Student Feedback - Have Your Say
The unit involves a great deal of information to cover and learn.
This unit does contain difficult and at times heavy theoretical content to grasp and learn. As a result, the teaching team will continue to focus on quality instruction and planning of the scaffolding needed to ensure students truly know and understand a concept. Visual teaching strategies were also utilised to explain further a concept, which also encouraged active student engagement, and as such, this will be facilitated in future unit offerings.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback - Have Your Say and Staff Reflection
The utilisation of a podiatric surgeon was a valuable resource in terms of our learning. It helped put the content that we were learning into "real world" terms.
The inclusion of a registered podiatric surgeon was deliberate to assist the student to make the teaching and learning in this unit relevant. Showing how theory can be applied to practice is fundamental to student learning. This also aided in building positive working relationships with students and staff. As such the teaching team will continue in this format.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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