Fundamentals of Podiatry Practice

Course code PDTY1202Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This is a pre-clinical course that provides an introduction to the clinical environment in Podiatry practice. Students will gain an understanding of the scope of practice of Podiatry and learn to apply evidence based practice to the clinical setting. Musculoskeletal anatomy of the foot and ankle and dermatology will be covered in detail. Students will also develop essential clinical skills including infection control and sterilization, learn to perform basic podiatric assessments and treatment and undertake observational placement.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.

Available in 2014

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe evidence based practice and how it is applied to the clinical setting in Podiatry practice
2. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and communication in a clinical setting
3. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the functional anatomy of the foot and ankle
4. Describe the structure and function of skin and know common dermatological conditions affecting the foot
5. Demonstrate adherence to appropriate infection control and sterilisation procedures
6. Demonstrate safe and appropriate basic clinical podiatric skills including general treatment and neurovascular and biomechanical assessment techniques
ContentProfessional behaviour
Evidence based practice
Communication
Clinical history taking and patient examination
Foot and ankle anatomy
Infection control and sterilization
Introduction to Podiatry clinical skills
- Basic neurological, vascular and biomechanical assessment
- Clinical skills
Cutaneous science
Dermatology
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMusculoskeletal anatomy
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Lecture
Practicum
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Clinical1.Clinical Skills Assessment
Practical and theoretical clinical knowledge will be assessed via an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). Assesses objectives 1-6
Clinical2. Clinical Sessions
Attendance - COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT
Assesses objective 2
Students are expected to meet the attendance requirements for clinical sessions. Students not meeting the attendance requirements for clinical sessions will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the assessment item and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. This assessment item requires attendance throughout the semester therefore no opportunity for remediation for the clinical sessions will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.
This assessment is a compulsory course component and must be passed to pass the course
Clinical3. Clinical Sessions
Professional Behavior - COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT
Assesses objective 2
Students must pass the professional behavior assessment in each clinical session. Assessment is based on the University Placement Policy (Policy000768) with specific reference to actions deemed as "misconduct" and "unprofessional" as defined by this policy and including observation of all policies and procedures set out by the University Podiatry Clinic in regard to all aspects of clinical practice. This assessment ensures students have appropriate knowledge and skills to behave in a professional and ethical manner on subsequent internal and external placement. This assessment item requires professional behaviour to be assessed over the entire semester therefore no opportunity for remediation for the professional behavior assessment will be offered unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.
This assessment is a compulsory course component and must be passed to pass the course
Examination: Formal4. Formal Examination
End of semester written examination on all content covered during semester
Assesses objectives 1-6
Journal5. Reflective Journal
Reflective journal for each day of observational placement
Assesses objective 2
Contact HoursPracticum: for 30 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program
Compulsory Course ComponentCompletion of a First Aid Certificate
Completion of a Criminal Record Check
Completion of a Prohibited Employment Declaration
In order to participate in this course you must have a NSW Health Compliance Card
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of HUBS1108
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PDTY1202