PODI14014 - Surgery in Podiatry Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will implement podiatric surgical techniques required to perform safe and competent nail surgery. Specific emphasis is placed on surgical principles, expanding and reinforcing your understanding and practice of infection control and clinical and theatre protocols. You will gain knowledge and skills in surgical management and learn the theory behind a range of surgical procedures relevant to podiatric practice. The scope of podiatric surgery practice is explored with consideration of the ethical and medico-legal implications.

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

Prerequisites: PODI13011 Podiatry Clinical Practice 3 and PODI13015 Advanced Pharmacology in Podiatry Practice

and

Corequisite: 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 1 - 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 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. In-class Test(s) 50%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. On-campus Activity 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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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: Have your say
Feedback
Students found the guest lectures by industry respected podiatric surgeons informative and engaging. Students found the real-world examples and case discussions extremely valuable.
Recommendation
Inclusion of podiatric surgeons as guest lecturers and collaboration with the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS) should continue in future offerings.
Action Taken
Collaboration with the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons was continued in 2021. Podiatric Surgeons assisted in the learning and teaching of this unit through lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and professional practice placement.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students found videos provided by ACPS on PPE for surgery, partial nail avulsion, and total nail avulsion techniques were beneficial to enhance theoretical knowledge
Recommendation
The use of ACPS videos should be included in future offerings as a learning resource.
Action Taken
The Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS) learning resources such as videos and practical guides were provided to students as learning resources.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Student feedback suggested engaging a lawyer to teach medico-legal legislation pertaining to surgery in two states, Queensland and New South Wales.
Recommendation
Current lecturers are well placed to provide information on medico-legal issues in the field of podiatric surgery. Therefore, it is probably not necessary to engage a lawyer to teach medico-legal legislation. The continued use of podiatric surgeons from the ACPS, who work within the medico-legal requirements pertaining to foot surgery on a daily basis, is recommended.
Action Taken
The lectures covering medico-legal aspects of podiatric surgery was given by experienced Podiatric Surgeons from the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons. This provided students with a good understanding of the legislations and requirements of podiatric surgery.
Source: Student Evaluation - Have Your Say
Feedback
More information about podiatric surgical procedures performed by a Podiatric Surgeon should be included in the lectures to give students further understanding in this area.
Recommendation
As the lecture content is guided by the learning outcomes of the unit, the lecture content focuses mainly on podiatric procedures performed by a podiatrist. It is recommended that additional information about procedures performed by a podiatric surgeon could be provided to students as additional further reading in Moodle. This information will not be examinable.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation - Have Your Say
Feedback
It was useful to have a 'real' patient attend the CQUniversity Health Clinic for the professional practice placement. This gave students an opportunity to further develop their clinical skills and engage in authentic learning.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continues to build on the existing processes of planning, developing and delivery of the unit to continue to achieve positive student satisfaction and outcome.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate advanced professional and ethical behaviour including use of effective communication skills and reporting related to surgery in podiatry practice
  2. Examine the anatomy of the foot with particular emphasis on the nerves and associated structures to enable safe and effective delivery of local anaesthesia
  3. Discuss the medico-legal implications of podiatric surgical procedures
  4. Evaluate the indications, contraindications, and risks of basic surgical procedures conducted by podiatrists
  5. Perform nail surgery safely and competently including postoperative management and related patient education.

Per NPC1322

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Professional Practice Placement
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 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
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 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - On-campus Activity