PODI14011 - Complex Cases in Podiatry Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will explore a broad range of complex disorders and interventions necessary to podiatry practice. Using case scenarios, students will explain the pathophysiology of the “disease” and develop a high level podiatric intervention plan based on evidence based practice, clinical reasoning and reflective practice.


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

All units in Year 4, Term 1.

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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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. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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: Have your say
Students gave positive feedback on the content and guest lecturers
It is recommended that guest lecturers be invited to present. This allows diversity of teaching within the unit.
Action Taken
Guest lecturers were invited to present the content.
Source: Have your say
The assessment task on running assessment should be conducted face to face rather than online.
It is recommended in future deliveries of this unit, the running assessment practical is undertaken in person within the clinic. Although various videos and online practical sessions were undertaken to explain how to do a running assessment, conducting this practical in person would allow for better understanding of the assessment and further add to the students practical skills. Due to covid-19 it was difficult to run this assessment in person, but this would improve the students learning of this practical skill.
Action Taken
While it was not achieved in 2021 due to campus closures, 2022 should see a return to face to face learning
Source: Informal verbal feedback
Students felt that more guest lecturers delivering content will provide more detailed and varied coverage of the selected complex case topics.
It is recommended to make use of multiple guest lecturers with experience in the relevant topic to deliver lectures.
Action Taken
Source: Unit co-ordinator reflection
Attendance of lectures were poor in this unit. This could be due to the fact that the lectures were recorded and students felt that they could review the content later.
It is recommended for the unit coordinator/ lecturer to reinforce the importance of students attending lectures 'live' so that they can interact with the lecturer, ask questions and engage in discussions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use complex case studies to explain the processes required to reach complete diagnosis and safe management of the patient in podiatric practice
  2. Prepare and evaluate goal-oriented evidence based management strategies recognising holistic and interdisciplinary management
  3. Integrate evidence based practice into the structure of complex case management
  4. Apply clinical reasoning, reflective practice, and clinical judgement in the management of the patient in podiatric practice.

Per NPC1305

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
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 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment