Podiatric Biomechanics

Course code PDTY3103Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course will extend students' existing knowledge of podiatric biomechanics and introduces them to theoretical and clinical application of these skills to the specialist area of clinical biomechanics. This course develops skill in the area of podiatric biomechanics and integrates existing knowledge with advanced gait analysis and measurement techniques to provide comprehensive knowledge of biomechanical function and assessment of the lower limb. Students will learn to use to common quantitative gait analysis tools and develop their capacity to critically appraisal research relevant to podiatric biomechanics.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Describe and explain the basic principles of motion
2. Explain the effects of loading on human tissues
3. Demonstrate competency in the use of selected quantitative tools to assess human motion
4. Critically evaluate literature in the area of podiatric biomechanics
5. Demonstrate skill in practical aspects of measurement with emphasis on issues of reliability and validity of currently used measures
6. Critically appraise the field of biomechanics, understanding the limitations and applications of currently used techniques
7. Integrate the theory and practice and biomechanics and how this relates to a clinical setting and the provision of evidence based practice
8. Discuss in detail the features of commonly encountered research designs and critically appraise research articles across the spectrum of research designs
Content1. Review basic biomechanics of motion
2. The human gait cycle
3. Quantitative methods of gait analysis
4. Kinematics and kinetic of human motion
5. Quantitative measurement techniques
6. Plantar pressure analysis
7. Balance and posture
8. Research methods
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBiomechanics
Podiatric pathomechanics
Podiatric biomechanical theory
Sports podiatry
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid semester examination
Essays / Written AssignmentsLiterature review
Examination: FormalWritten examination
Completion of : Critical Appraisal and Research Design Module via Blackboard.
An online research module will be available on the Blackboard site. Students must complete this module by week 12.
This item is NOT graded but completion of this component is required to achieve an overall pass in this course. Failure to complete the module will result in a fail grade for the course. One attempt at remediation will be offered for this assessment item.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Practical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PDTY2103 & PDTY2203.
Compulsory Course ComponentWorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY3103