PODI14008 - Podiatry Clinical Practice 4

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will continue your honours research project and complete an internal clinical placement. During your internal clinical placement, you will refine your skills in patient assessment, diagnostic decision-making, management and prevention of complex clinical cases. You will be required to manage a diverse caseload including patients who differ in age, cultural/ethnic/socioeconomic status, mental health status, and physical capabilities. Your external clinical placement will give you the opportunity to work in metropolitan, regional and/or remote clinical settings. This unit is also the second unit in the formal requirements for the completion of your honours research project.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
To be enrolled in this unit, students must be enrolled in CB86 Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) course.

Pre-requisites: PODI13011 Podiatry Clinical Practice 3; PODI13012 Paediatrics in Podiatry Practice; PODI13014 Diabetes in Podiatry Practice; PODI13015 Advanced Pharmacology in Podiatry Practice.
Co-requisites: PODI14009 Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine in Podiatry Practice; PODI14010 High Risk Foot and Chronic Wound Care; PODI14014 Surgery 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 - 2024

Term 1 - 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Project (research) 40%
2. Presentation 20%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. Practical Assessment 40%

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: Unit co-ordinator self reflection
This year's clinical placement placed 3rd and 4th year students together. This exposed students to peer review and mentorship opportunities.
In future offerings, it is recommended that opportunities be sought for students from different year levels to work together in a clinical setting. Fostering peer review and mentorship skills aligns with the Podiatry Board Accreditation (2022) requirements.
Action Taken
In 2023, Rockhampton internal clinical placements saw third- and fourth-year students undertake placement on the same days, which created opportunities for peer-mentoring
Source: Unit co-ordinator self reflection
Some students found it difficult to recruit sufficient participants and collect data for their research projects. Some of them provided verbal feedback that they appreciated having some protected time for data collection activities during the term.
It is recommended that students continue to be provided protected time during the term to recruit participants and perform data collection activities.
Action Taken
Students continued to be provided protected time to undertake their Honours research projects
Source: Clinical supervisor feedback
The introduction of a Practical Assessment improved the authenticity of assessment in this unit
It is recommended that this unit continues to include a Practical Assessment (clinical examination) to effectively assess the clinical skills, clinical reasoning, and podiatry knowledg of fourth-year students
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate graduate competency in clinical reasoning during the assessment and management of specific clinical problems
  2. Assess and evaluate a diverse range of complex podiatric cases including biomechanics, sports injury, diabetes and high risk cases
  3. Develop, implement and evaluate interventions for standard and complex podiatric cases including referrals to other relevant health professionals
  4. Communicate professionally as an individual and as a member of a team
  5. Conduct ethical research, including data management and academic writing, to produce a research project.

Per NPC1317

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Project (research)
2 - Presentation
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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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