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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.

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

Prerequisite: PODI13007 Clinical Practice 2 - and

Corequisite: PODI13011 Clinical Practice 3

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 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 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. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. 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

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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: Staff feedback and in-class student feedback
Feedback
Time allocation for practical sessions was sufficient which allowed for thorough demonstrations and student practice time, leading to increased student confidence with performing relevant podiatric specific practical skills.
Recommendation
In future deliveries of this unit, sufficient practical time should continue to be set aside for thorough demonstration and ample student practice time of relevant podiatric specific practical skills.
Action Taken
In 2019 an additional practical session was undertaken to allow students the opportunity to practice a digital nerve block of the hallux. This additional practical session allowed students hands on learning time which helped solidify their knowledge in local anaesthetics and digital nerve blocks.
Source: Self reflection and peer review
Feedback
Student performance in the written assessment task would likely have increased had they submitted a draft of their written assessment for review before submission.
Recommendation
Staff should continue to inform students that they can submit a draft for review by teaching staff before the due date of the written assessment task.
Action Taken
Students were encouraged to ask the casual academic teaching staff any questions in regard to the assessments and were able to submit a draft at any time.
Source: Staff feedback and in-class student feedback
Feedback
The use of simulated learning within this unit enabled students to be able to safely and confidently practice relevant podiatric specific skills before being exposed to real patients in this context.
Recommendation
Simulated learning is an important aspect in this unit and as such should continue to be implemented.
Action Taken
To achieve the positive outcome and student experience from 2018, the simulated learning experience of using a toe model to practice local anaesthetics was implemented into 2019.
Source: Through Moodle Site
Feedback
Students found the practical administration of local anaesthetics into toe models and each others toes to be the most enjoyable and clinically relevant part of the course.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the practical session on administration of local anaesthetics be maintained in future deliveries of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Through Moodle Site
Feedback
Some students found the structure of the written assignment difficult as it did not follow usual essay conventions.
Recommendation
It is recommended that a session reviewing how to structure a case report be implemented in future deliveries of the unit to assist students in understanding this authentic assessment task.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Through Moodle Site
Feedback
Some students found that there was too much content in the lecture slides.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the podiatry team explore alternative ways of presenting the complex content in this unit to meet the diverse learning needs of students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Summarise the major classes of therapeutic drugs that affect the primary systems of the body.
  2. Analyse the barriers to suitable pharmacotherapy.
  3. Evaluate S2, S3, S4 and S8 medicines prescribed and administered for the treatment of disease states encountered in the scope of podiatry practice.
  4. Describe the mechanisms of drug action and the potential for drug to drug interactions.
  5. Examine legal, ethical and professional responsibilities associated with prescription and administration of medications within podiatry.
  6. Students will use the basic pharmacology of anaesthetic drugs as taught previously.
  7. Develop an anaesthetic plan based on a physical examination that includes: appropriate drug selection; correct dose calculation; appropriate method of drug administration; and other supportive care.
  8. Integrate an evidence based approach in pharmacological practice within podiatry.

Per NPC1303

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination