PODI12006 - Fundamentals of Pre-Clinical Podiatry Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces the student to podiatric clinical practice and fundamental concepts required in practice. Students will develop the necessary communication skills required in patient management and will learn to undertake a comprehensive patient history and to conduct a routine podiatric examination. Students will gain knowledge in common dermatopathology, including microbiology of the skin and nails in podiatric practice and commence practical skill development in skin and nail technique. In addition, students will complete 40 hours of external placement as a participant-observer in an allied health clinic involving podiatry.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Nil.

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Professional Practice Placement Pass/Fail
4. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail
5. Examination 40%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
"Assessment return time was fantastic and the availability and quality of feedback was amazing" Have Your Say It is recognised that feedback has a significant impact on student learning and as such we will continue to aim to provide summative and formative feedback for assessment tasks while it is still fresh in the student's mind before the student moves on to subsequent tasks.
"The coordinator allowed for many learning styles and to accommodate them" Have Your Say The program will continue to acknowledge that we all learn differently and as such the coordinator will continue to work with a mix of teaching and learning strategies to continue to motivate student learning in this first podiatry specific unit.
Practical Sessions Staff Reflection Whilst the students commented quite positively on how they felt the practical sessions were relevant, well planned, informative and enjoyable, the integration of subsequent self-directed practical classes in the timetable may allow additional learning opportunity for students to refine these skills with their peers.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Examine the changing role of the podiatrist and scope of practice in health care provision.
  2. Use appropriate podiatric terminology.
  3. Describe the professional role in relation to its standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice; and further produce evidence of meeting the stated pre-clinical documentation requirements for placement.
  4. Undertake a basic patient assessment involving medical and social history taking, and physical examination (including dermatological, vascular, neurological and biomechanical assessment) in a simulated environment.
  5. Discriminate between the aetiology (including microbial causes), pathogenesis, transmission of infection, clinical presentation, and treatment strategies for common nail and skin disorders.
  6. Demonstrate manual skills development under supervision involving nail clipper and scalpel technique.
  7. Recognise appropriate use of basic chair side techniques including application of padding and/or strapping.
  8. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning as a skill in podiatry practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination
4 - Professional Practice Placement    
5 - 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 6 7 8
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Examination  
4 - Professional Practice Placement
5 - On-campus Activity              

Prescribed Textbooks

There are no prescribed textbooks

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Merriman's Assessment of the Lower Limb
Author/s: Edited by Ben Yates Year: 2012
Edition: Third Edition Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Country: United Kingdom
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorStephen Howe (s.howe@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

The history of the podiatry profession; role and scope of practice; working in a team.

Appropriate reading chapters and other resources relevant to each week will be discussed during term time and posted in Moodle.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Legislative clinical requirements, including occupational health and safety; and sterilisation & infection control.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Communication & documentation in clinical podiatry practice.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Dermatological assessment & common skin conditions.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Dermatological assessment & common nail conditions.

Quiz 1 (weeks 1-5 inclusive) opens Friday 6:00pm.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Vascular assessment & common presentations.

Quiz 1 closes Friday 11:45pm.

On-campus Activity Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Neurological assessment & common presentations.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Biomechanical assessment & common presentations.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Footwear.

Quiz 2 (weeks 6-9 inclusive) opens Friday 6:00pm.

Practical and Written Assessment Due AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Skill development - nail cutting & scalpel technique.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Chairside techniques - padding and strapping.

Quiz 2 closes Friday 11:45pm.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Clinical decision making in practice; and using a learning contract.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

External clinical placement (40 hours total) at the end of term.

Students will be advised of related placement dates and locations during term.

Clinical placement is compulsory requiring 100% attendance rate. Students must show evidence that they have met all the pre-clinical placement requirements prior to commencing placement. All students are required to wear during clinical placement the approved CQUniversity podiatry uniform and to project a professional image at all times. Please refer to the Podiatry Course Handbooks for further information related to placement.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

There will be two quizzes in total with each quiz worth 15%, providing a total overall of 30%. Each quiz allows for only one attempt. Questions for each quiz are from content covered in the modules preceding each quiz. Quiz 1 will contain questions related to the course modules/topics from weeks 1 to 5 inclusive. Quiz 2 will contain questions related to the course modules/topics from weeks 6 to 9 inclusive. The quizzes will be made accessible on the course Moodle site by opening the 'Assessment' icon.

When released each online quiz will remain open for two (2) weeks to allow ample time for learning plus consideration has been given for other coursework assessment tasks due this term. Each quiz is an individual task which must be completed within one hour.

Number of Quizzes 2
Assessment Due Date Quiz 1 will be open from Friday Week 5 at 6pm to Friday Week 6 at 11.45pm (allowing for Vacation Week). Quiz 2 will be open from Friday Week 9 at 6pm to Friday Week 11 at 11.45pm.
Return Date to Students Quizzes will be marked electronically. Results will be assessible on Moodle through your MyCQU page.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Answers will either be correct or incorrect and tabulated by the Moodle online course system.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 15
Submission Online

Only one attempt at each quiz is allowed. Once you have commenced a quiz, you must complete it and submit it for grading within 1 hour.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Examine the changing role of the podiatrist and scope of practice in health care provision.

2. Use appropriate podiatric terminology.

3. Describe the professional role in relation to its standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice; and further produce evidence of meeting the stated pre-clinical documentation requirements for placement.

4. Undertake a basic patient assessment involving medical and social history taking, and physical examination (including dermatological, vascular, neurological and biomechanical assessment) in a simulated environment.

5. Discriminate between the aetiology (including microbial causes), pathogenesis, transmission of infection, clinical presentation, and treatment strategies for common nail and skin disorders.

6. Demonstrate manual skills development under supervision involving nail clipper and scalpel technique.

7. Recognise appropriate use of basic chair side techniques including application of padding and/or strapping.

8. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning as a skill in podiatry practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

This exam is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). There will be four (4) OSCE stations each designed to assess your knowledge and practice skills acquired during this course. Each station will be allocated 10 minutes per station with a mix of station types and competencies tested. There will be a combination of written answer stations and observer assessed (using checklists) stations.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 - Date & time to be advised.
Return Date to Students Results will be released at the end of grading all student practical assessments.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this assessment task will be made available during the term in Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 15/30 - this assessment has a must pass requirement.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

In Person.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Use appropriate podiatric terminology.

3. Describe the professional role in relation to its standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice; and further produce evidence of meeting the stated pre-clinical documentation requirements for placement.

4. Undertake a basic patient assessment involving medical and social history taking, and physical examination (including dermatological, vascular, neurological and biomechanical assessment) in a simulated environment.

5. Discriminate between the aetiology (including microbial causes), pathogenesis, transmission of infection, clinical presentation, and treatment strategies for common nail and skin disorders.

6. Demonstrate manual skills development under supervision involving nail clipper and scalpel technique.

7. Recognise appropriate use of basic chair side techniques including application of padding and/or strapping.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title Placement
Task Description

Off-Campus Activity: External Clinical Placement - 40 hours total. Details of individual placement locations and related dates to be provided during term.

Assessment Due Date Placement documents are to be completed during external placement and submitted at the end of placement.
Return Date to Students Placement documents will be returned to the student once completed and marked by the unit coordinator.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass/Fail.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Hard Copy, In Person.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Examine the changing role of the podiatrist and scope of practice in health care provision.

2. Use appropriate podiatric terminology.

3. Describe the professional role in relation to its standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice; and further produce evidence of meeting the stated pre-clinical documentation requirements for placement.

4. Undertake a basic patient assessment involving medical and social history taking, and physical examination (including dermatological, vascular, neurological and biomechanical assessment) in a simulated environment.

5. Discriminate between the aetiology (including microbial causes), pathogenesis, transmission of infection, clinical presentation, and treatment strategies for common nail and skin disorders.

7. Recognise appropriate use of basic chair side techniques including application of padding and/or strapping.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

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



5 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title On-campus Activity
Task Description

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) program at CQUniversity must meet all pre-clinical requirements set by the University. This ensures compliance with State/Territory legislation and Health Care Facility requirements. All mandatory documentation is to be submitted PRIOR to 4pm on the Monday during Week 6 of Term 1. Please refer to the Professional Practice Guide for Allied Health Students: Pre Practice Requirements.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students All documentation will be returned to the student when signed off as completed.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass/Fail.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Describe the professional role in relation to its standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice; and further produce evidence of meeting the stated pre-clinical documentation requirements for placement.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Examine the changing role of the podiatrist and scope of practice in health care provision.

2. Use appropriate podiatric terminology.

3. Describe the professional role in relation to its standard policies, codes and guidelines for podiatry practice; and further produce evidence of meeting the stated pre-clinical documentation requirements for placement.

4. Undertake a basic patient assessment involving medical and social history taking, and physical examination (including dermatological, vascular, neurological and biomechanical assessment) in a simulated environment.

5. Discriminate between the aetiology (including microbial causes), pathogenesis, transmission of infection, clinical presentation, and treatment strategies for common nail and skin disorders.

6. Demonstrate manual skills development under supervision involving nail clipper and scalpel technique.

7. Recognise appropriate use of basic chair side techniques including application of padding and/or strapping.

8. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and clinical reasoning as a skill in podiatry practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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