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 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 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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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: Lecturer's self-reflection
This Year 3 Term 2 unit requires students to have a good foundation in basic pharmaco-dynamics and kinetics which was covered previously in BMSC13010 Pharmacology in Year 2 Term 1. Students who did not revise the content struggled with the new content being taught in this unit.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator remind students to revise the content from BMSC13010 Pharmacology, in order to prepare for this unit.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to remind students to revise content from BMSC13010.
Source: Lecturer's self-reflection
Having a podiatry surgeon teach into this unit was highly relevant. However, the surgeon was more proficient in teaching the clinically applied and relevant content, and not the pharmaco-dynamic and kinetic content, which was more theoretical. It would be more appropriate for a pharmacologist to cover this portion.
It is recommended that a pharmacologist be engaged to guest lecture for this unit to assist with the pharmacology-related content, with a podiatry surgeon to assist with content related to scheduled medication for podiatrist use.
Action Taken
A range of pre-recorded materials developed by a registered pharmacist were used to deliver content relating to pharmaco-dynamics and kinetics. Clinical lectures were again delivered by a podiatric surgeon.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection, Staff feedback
Strategies for improving engagement with live lectures should be explored with the aim of improving student performance in this unit.
It is recommended that the Unit Coordinator for subsequent offerings explores strategies to improve student engagement with live lectures.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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