PODI13008 - Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Limb
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will focus on the commonly presented primary structural and functional abnormalities of the foot as seen in podiatry practice. The students will examine the aetiology, clinical diagnosis and management of common orthopaedic foot and ankle problems. Clinical gait analysis will be used to assess and diagnose dysfunction of the foot. Students will develop a treatment plan following assessment of lower limb mechanics. This unit will also examine the use of various lower extremity foot devices in the treatment of biomechanical abnormalities.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: PODI12010 Advanced Anatomy and Podiatric Biomechanics.

Co-requisite: PODI13007 Podiatry Clinical Practice 2.

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. Written Assessment 50%
2. Professional Practice Placement Pass/Fail
3. Examination 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Evaluation

Term 1 - 2015: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Seperate sessions for Clinical biomechanics and Sports Podiatry requested. Student feedback and self evaluation Ensure this is possible through timetabling.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse how variations from the ‘norm’ play a role in the development of lower limb pathological conditions.
  2. Identify pathological conditions associated with gait disorders.
  3. Apply advanced biomechanical testing of the foot and lower limb, including neuromuscular examination and gait analysis.
  4. Select appropriate podiatric interventions in the management of common pathological foot conditions.
  5. Evaluate best practice evidence to support learning and decision making in the clinical context.

Per NPC1304

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
3 - Professional Practice Placement

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
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Examination      
3 - Professional Practice Placement

Prescribed Textbooks

Whittle's Gait Analysis
Author/s: David Levine; Jim Richards; Michael W. Whittle Year: 2012
Edition: 5th edition Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Country: United Kingdom
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Currently in print and available to order online at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

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 CoordinatorLaura Hutchison (l.hutchison@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

Review of 'normal' gait during walking and introduction to running gait

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

Gait analysis techniques

Week 3 20-03-2017

Pathological gait

Week 4 27-03-2017

Forefoot pathologies in podiatric biomechanics

Week 5 03-04-2017

Midfoot pathologies in podiatric biomechanics

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

Rearfoot pathologies in podiatric biomechanics

Week 7 24-04-2017

Ankle pathologies in podiatric biomechanics

Week 8 01-05-2017

Knee and hip pathologies in podiatric biomechanics

Written Assessment Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Traditional and contemporary theories in podiatric biomechanics

Week 10 15-05-2017

Clinical placement for Clinical Biomechanics

Week 11 22-05-2017

Clinical placement for Clinical Biomechanics

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review

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

Placement:

Clinical placement (16 hours total). Placements have been provisionally scheduled to run in weeks 10 and 11. Please note that these clinical weeks may be subject to change. Notice will be provided by the Unit Coordinator.

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.

Additional Lecture:

An additional lecture for this unit will be scheduled during week 8 of term. Specific information regarding date, time and location will be provided at the beginning of term.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

You will be required to undertake a review of the literature (2000 words) in order to establish the current knowledge of a particular topic specific to the field of podiatric biomechanics. The topic will be made available in Moode at the beginning of term. Your literature review must be structured like an academic essay and include an introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should identify the topic and its significance and the objective of your literature review. The body of your review should be broken into key themes found in relation to the topic rather than addressing each source separately. It should also address certain trends and areas of agreement or disagreement between sources. You should be aware of the quality of your sources and provide comment regarding this. The conclusion should provide a summary of your findings and suggestions for future research if appropriate.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The marking sheet and rubric will be made available under the 'assessment' link in Moodle.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Analyse how variations from the ‘norm’ play a role in the development of lower limb pathological conditions.

2. Identify pathological conditions associated with gait disorders.

3. Apply advanced biomechanical testing of the foot and lower limb, including neuromuscular examination and gait analysis.

4. Select appropriate podiatric interventions in the management of common pathological foot conditions.

5. Evaluate best practice evidence to support learning and decision making in the clinical context.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title Placement
Task Description

This course has a mandatory 16 hours of clinical placement. Placements have been provisionally scheduled to run in weeks 10 and 11. Please note that these clinical weeks may be subject to change. Notice will be provided by the Unit Coordinator. This is a separate clinical placement requirement specific to this course only and does not replace or substitute the clinical hours required as part of PODI13007 Podiatry Clinical Practice 2.

Assessment Due Date Placement documents to be completed 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
Assessment Criteria

Students will be required to demonstrate competence in podiatric clinical assessment and management associated with biomechanics for this 16 hour internal clinical placement. It will be a requisite for each student to meet the criteria for all clinical activities outlined in the associated log book specific to this placement. The log book must be handed in to the Course Coordinator on the last day of the allocated placement.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. Analyse how variations from the ‘norm’ play a role in the development of lower limb pathological conditions.

2. Identify pathological conditions associated with gait disorders.

3. Apply advanced biomechanical testing of the foot and lower limb, including neuromuscular examination and gait analysis.

4. Select appropriate podiatric interventions in the management of common pathological foot conditions.

5. Evaluate best practice evidence to support learning and decision making in the clinical context.

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



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Length 180 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. Analyse how variations from the ‘norm’ play a role in the development of lower limb pathological conditions.

2. Identify pathological conditions associated with gait disorders.

3. Apply advanced biomechanical testing of the foot and lower limb, including neuromuscular examination and gait analysis.

4. Select appropriate podiatric interventions in the management of common pathological foot conditions.

5. Evaluate best practice evidence to support learning and decision making in the clinical context.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice


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