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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 - 2020

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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. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 60%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.5% 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: Verbal feedback from the student during class.
Students identified that the case studies helped provide them with insight into areas that they needed to revise.
Case studies should continue to be provided to students to assist with improving their reflective practice and help them identify areas of improvement.
Action Taken
The content of this unit has been slightly changed. Students are encouraged to discuss cases that they see in clinic, with their clinical supervisors and peers.
Source: Staff reflection
An effort was made to make lectures more engaging; particularly with subjects such as statistics.
The unit coordinator recommends that lectures continue to be assessed to ensure that the content remains engaging. The lectures should continue to use topics that students offer and use a FLIPPED classroom style that helps students engage with the lecture material.
Action Taken
The unit was ran quite differently this year due to COVID-19. Due to the closure of the CQUniversity Health Clinic, students used the lecture time to focus on their research project data collection and write up. Students were encouraged to ask questions pertinent to their project and were encouraged to work with their supervisors and peers. This was all done online via zoom.
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 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - On-campus Activity
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Project (research)
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - On-campus Activity