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PODI14012 - Podiatry Clinical Practice 5

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this 12-credit point unit students will demonstrate high level skill and competence in a range of external clinical settings, including patient assessment, diagnostic decision-making, management and prevention of complex clinical cases such high risk foot and wound care, child development therapy, sports medicine, rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders, indigenous health, rural and remote, and minor surgical procedures. Students will be exposed to a variety of patients of differing ages, cultural/ethnic, socio-economic, health profiles, and levels of physical and mental health impairment. In addition, this is the final unit in the formal requirements for completion of the research and/or evaluation project component of the Honours degree. Students will complete and submit their research report for evaluation. Students will be encouraged to consider both the strengths and limitations of their research and will have opportunity to present their findings to their peers at an end-of-term student led professional conference.

Details

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

and

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 3 - 2014

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 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 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 and Written Assessment 40%
1. Written Assessment 40%
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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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: Informal student feedback
Feedback
Students identified that the case studies helped provide them with insight into areas that they needed to revise.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continues to provide students with case studies that assist students with improving their reflective practice and helps them identify areas which require improvement.
Action Taken
Students were provided with a log book, instead of simulated case studies, that required students to reflect on actual patients/ cases seen during clinical placement. This ensures that the learning was authentic and based on real life situations. The log book also identifies areas that need improvement.
Source: Staff reflection
Feedback
Students expressed difficulty in formatting their thesis.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator provides more detailed information that steps students through the thesis formatting process.
Action Taken
Students were stepped through each section of the thesis preparation process.
Source: Verbal communication in class
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the same format be used to guide students to complete their thesis in a timely manner.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Verbal communication in class
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
It is recommended that clinical placements continue to be scheduled in blocks of at least 3 weeks duration.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: External clinical supervisor feedback
Feedback
External clinical supervisors were impressed with the breadth of knowledge and professionalism displayed by our students.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the clinical co-ordinator continue to engage external clinical supervisors and provide feedback to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate clinical assessment and management skills in the safe provision of services to complex podiatric client presentations.
  2. Integrate knowledge, skills and professional attitudes through the use of contemporary evidence and well-developed judgement to provide patient-centred care.
  3. Investigate, analyse and improve ongoing clinical and professional practice.
  4. Work independently and/or collaboratively.
  5. Incorporate social responsibility for primary health care and respect for diversity in professional practice.
  6. Apply critical thinking and reflective practice in the analysis and interpretation of research results to develop new understanding of topic or problem.

Per NPC1318

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
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 6
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
1 - Written Assessment
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Presentation