PODI14009 - Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine in Podiatry Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will assess and manage complex musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders common to the lower extremity. Rheumatology as it relates to the foot and associated arthropathies will be covered in detail with respect to aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, investigation, and management. You will learn how these disorders can be managed by different interventions, including the use of pressure reducing devices and footwear intervention.

Details

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

Pre-requisite: PODI13011 Podiatry Clinical Practice 3. Co-requisite: PODI14008 Podiatry Clinical Practice 4.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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. Written Assessment 30%
2. In-class Test(s) 50%
3. On-campus Activity 20%

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.

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Feedback
Students found the written assessment confusing.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the written assessment be revised and rephrased to provide more clarity to students' expectations.
Action Taken
The written assessment was revised and rephrased to provide more clarity to students.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The teaching staff were amazing!
Recommendation
It is recommended that a team approach that maximises expertise of staff continue to be used. 
Action Taken
A team approach was used with the unit co-ordinator providing the lectures and the tutorials, and other clinical staff facilitating the practical sessions.
Source: Staff self reflection
Feedback
All lectures were recorded and uploaded on the Moodle site so students could review content at their own pace. This together with the revision session, helped students feel more confident and prepared for the assessment tasks.
Recommendation
It is recommended that recorded lectures continue to be made available to students to facilitate revision.
Action Taken
Recorded lectures were made available to students to facilitate revision
Source: Student verbal feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the fact that lectures were available via zoom, as those who had to stay home due to having COVID related symptoms were still able to dial in and attend 'live' lectures from home.
Recommendation
It is recommended that students continue to have the option of attending the 'live' lectures remotely in order to not miss out on the interaction with the lecturer and the rest of the class due to stay-home requirements.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student verbal feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the hands on practical session, especially the one where they had to make an accommodative insole.
Recommendation
It is recommended that students continue to be exposed to authentic practical sessions that are both engaging and practical. Incorporating advances in technology used for insole manufacture should be considered as well.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and appraise the pathophysiology and clinical pattern of common arthropathies and musculoskeletal disorders specific to the lower extremity
  2. Evaluate conservative therapies applicable to the patient with rheumatic diseases and implement an appropriate patient-centred management plan.
  3. Develop patient education strategies for optimum management of common lower extremity musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.
  4. Engage in active learning and apply an evidence based approach to rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine in podiatry practice.

Per NPC1320

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - On-campus Activity