PODI14012 - Podiatry Clinical Practice 5

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This 12-credit point unit encompasses a clinical component (internal and external) and a research component. During clinic, you are required to demonstrate graduate competency in patient assessment, diagnostic decision-making, prevention, treatment and management of a wide range of podiatric patient presentations. You will also treat patients with conditions requiring minor surgical procedures. In addition, you shall also refine your skills in managing podiatric patients of differing ages, ethnic/cultural backgrounds, geographic locations, socioeconomic status and health profiles. This is the third and final unit in the formal requirements for completion of your honours research project. You are required to complete and submit your research project for evaluation. You are expected to present your research findings, during your presentation you are encouraged to consider both the strengths and limitations of your research.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: PODI14008 Podiatry Clinical Practice 4


Corequisite: PODI14011 Complex Cases 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 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 50%
2. Project (research) 30%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. Presentation 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.

Source: Verbal communication in class
Students appreciated that fact that they were given time in class to complete and format their thesis. This gave them an opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts immediately. The thesis was also broken down into sections, with clear milestones and deadlines. All students were able to achieve these milestones and complete their thesis successfully.
It is recommended that the same format be used to guide students to complete their thesis in a timely manner.
Action Taken
The same format was used to guide students to complete their thesis in a timely manner.
Source: Verbal communication in class
The clinical placements (both on campus and at external clinical sites) were conducted in three to five week blocks this year. This provided students with exposure to clinical situations and allowed them sufficient time at one clinical site to review patients they had managed earlier. Students were able to follow up with patients and tweak their management accordingly, which was a challenging yet real-life experience.
It is recommended that clinical placements continue to be scheduled in blocks of at least 3 weeks duration.
Action Taken
Clinical placements were scheduled in blocks of at least 3 weeks duration.
Source: External clinical supervisor feedback
External clinical supervisors were impressed with the breadth of knowledge and professionalism displayed by our students.
It is recommended that the clinical co-ordinator continue to engage external clinical supervisors and provide feedback to students.
Action Taken
The clinical co-ordinator continued to engage external clinical supervisors and provide feedback to students.
Source: informal feedback
The students appreciated the support provided to them. The research supervisors went above and beyond their duties to prepare students to complete their research projects.
It is recommended that students continue to be encouraged to produce quality research that can be showcased at conferences or result in publications.
Action Taken
Source: External clinical supervisor via email
External clinical supervisors were impressed with the quality of our students and would definitely consider recruiting them when they graduate.
It is recommended that the clinical co-ordinator continue to engage external clinical supervisors for feedback. This feedback will also be provided back to the students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate effective skills in the assessment and management of complex podiatric patient presentations including biomechanical, sport injuries, diabetes, rheumatology and high risk cases
  2. Demonstrate competency at a graduate standard of practice in clinical reasoning, execution of techniques and objective assessments, and delivery of programs to manage specific clinical problems
  3. Refine skills in analysing and improving ongoing clinical practice
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team
  5. Effectively communicate an advanced understanding of the specified research topic including a critical analysis and interpretation of the research topic.

The Learning Outcomes are linked to the Podiatry Board of Australia (AHPRA) Professional Capabilities for Podiatrists.


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