PODI13015 - Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatry Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit will be divided into two main components: pharmacotherapeutics and anaesthesia specific to podiatry practice. In pharmacotherapeutics you will gain understanding of schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines administered in common diseases seen in podiatry practice and learn further of their role in management of disease. In anaesthesia, you 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. You will also begin to practice injection technique in a simulated setting.


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

Prerequisite: PODI13007 Clinical Practice 2; BMSC13010 Pharmacology; MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology - 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 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 12.5% 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: Through Moodle Site
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.
It is recommended that the practical session on administration of local anaesthetics be maintained in future deliveries of the unit.
Action Taken
Even due to the difficulties imposed this year by COVID-19, face to face sessions resumed in Term 2 and students were able to practice administering local anesthetics during the practical sessions.
Source: Through Moodle Site
Some students found the structure of the written assignment difficult as it did not follow usual essay conventions.
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
The written assessment was updated to allow increased clarity this year. Class time was spent outlining expectations, and a detailed news forum post was done explaining necessary components of the written assessment.
Source: Through Moodle Site
Some students found that there was too much content in the lecture slides.
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
Revisions were made to course material. Students were also provided with lecture recordings to enable review of content when required.
Source: Staff discussion and reflection.
Whilst an in-depth knowledge of pharmacology is gained and a podiatry specialist is engaged to do some teaching in this unit, more relevance could be provided from a clinical podiatry point of view.
In future deliveries of this unit, it is recommended that students complete a series of case studies relevant to the prescription of scheduled medicines in podiatry practice. This will increase the relevance of the content to provide students more exposure to the endorsement process should they choose to pursue this pathway.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback.
It was great learning from experts in the field with plenty of real-world experience.
A podiatric surgeon who is endorsed to prescribe scheduled medicines and a pharmacist were engaged to provide specialist teaching into this unit. As this unit contains specialised content, it is recommended that industry content experts continue to teach this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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