PODI14009 - Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine in Podiatry Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide the student with knowledge of the assessment and management of complex musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders common to the lower extremity. The foot in rheumatology and arthropathies will be covered in detail with respect to aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, investigation, and management. The student will learn how these disorders can be managed by different interventions, including the use of pressure reducing devices and footwear intervention.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: PODI13011 Podiatry Clinical Practice 3. Co-requisite: PODI14008 Podiatry Clinical Practice 4.

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

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. 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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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 Tasks Staff Reflection As this course is predominantly theory-based, consideration will be given to introduce an earlier assessment task involving either an online quiz or test to determine student knowledge and to therefore provide opportunity for the student and staff to identify where additional work is needed given the advanced level of learning required in this unit.
"Some more clarity on what the lecturer expects for the written assignment would be beneficial" Have Your Say Assessment tasks will continue to be reviewed to ensure appropriate detail and clarity is always provided. If students are unclear about assessment methods staff will encourage them to ask questions either in a group setting for all to benefit or individually depending on what forum is most appropriate. For future delivery of this course staff will develop a list of the most common difficulties encountered or errors made by students in a particular assessment task to provide further guidance.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Appraise the pathophysiology and clinical pattern of common arthropathies and musculoskeletal disorders specific to the lower extremity.
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge of arthropathies and musculoskeletal dysfunction to the clinical setting.
  3. Evaluate conservative therapies applicable to the rheumatic patient and implement an appropriate patient-centred management plan.
  4. Interpret current trends according to evidence based research in the medical management of common musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.
  5. Develop patient education strategies for optimum management of common lower extremity musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.

Per NPC1320

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

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    

Prescribed Textbooks

Rheumatology of the Lower Limbs in Clinical Practice
Author/s: Jose Antonio Pereira de Silva, Anthony D Woolf Year: 2012
Edition: Publisher: Springer
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

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 CoordinatorKatrina Reynolds (katrina.reynolds@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

Revision of synovial joint morphology and the musculoskeletal anatomy of the lower limb; revision of joint examination and evaluation techniques.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Introduction to the arthritides; Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, sero-negative arthritides, infective & metabolic arthritis (gouts).

Week 3 20-03-2017

Diagnostics 1a: Medical imaging pertinent to the arthritides - X-ray imaging and interpretation.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Diagnostics 1b: Medical imaging pertinent to the arthritides - X-ray imaging and interpretation.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Diagnostics 2: Medical imaging pertinent to the arthritides - CT (including 3D) and MRI imaging and their interpretation.

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

Diagnostics 3: Haematology relevant to the arthritides; Diagnostic blood tests; diagnostic ultrasound; other clinical tests.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Osteoarthritis: aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, various treatments.

Written Assessment Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Rheumatoid arthritis: aetiology, pathology, clinical presentations, differential diagnosis, various treatments.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Seronegative arthritides: Psoriatic arthritis, Reiter's syndrome, Enteropathic arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, undifferentiated seronegative arthritis: aetiology, pathology, clinical presentations, differential diagnosis, various treatments.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Other arthritides: gout, pseudo-gout, infective arthritis. Their specific diagnosis and their differential diagnosis.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Podiatric clinical diagnostics: gait analysis, force plate analysis, kinematics. Muscle and joint testing pertinent to the arthritides.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Specific mechanical interventions: in-shoe mechanical therapies; contact casting techniques; goal management planning for the arthritides.

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

The learning materials for this course will be delivered electronically and as such there will be no set on-campus classes.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Students will be required to submit a written assessment in the form of an essay. Students are to review the literature in order to establish the current knowledge of a particular topic/s specific to the field of rheumatology and podiatry practice. Further details will be provided via the course Moodle site in the early weeks of the term.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Appraise the pathophysiology and clinical pattern of common arthropathies and musculoskeletal disorders specific to the lower extremity.

2. Apply theoretical knowledge of arthropathies and musculoskeletal dysfunction to the clinical setting.

3. Evaluate conservative therapies applicable to the rheumatic patient and implement an appropriate patient-centred management plan.

4. Interpret current trends according to evidence based research in the medical management of common musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.

5. Develop patient education strategies for optimum management of common lower extremity musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.

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. Appraise the pathophysiology and clinical pattern of common arthropathies and musculoskeletal disorders specific to the lower extremity.

2. Apply theoretical knowledge of arthropathies and musculoskeletal dysfunction to the clinical setting.

3. Evaluate conservative therapies applicable to the rheumatic patient and implement an appropriate patient-centred management plan.

4. Interpret current trends according to evidence based research in the medical management of common musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.

5. Develop patient education strategies for optimum management of common lower extremity musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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