The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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 including clinical history taking and patient note writing and formatting

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


  • Professional behaviour
  • Evidence based practice
  • Communication
  • Clinical history taking and patient examination
  • Foot and ankle anatomy
  • Infection control and sterilization
  • Introduction to Podiatry clinical skills:
  1. Basic neurological, vascular and biomechanical assessment
  2. Clinical skills
  • Cutaneous science
  • Dermatology

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program (11692). Pre-requisite - successful completion of HUBS1108.

Assumed knowledge

Musculoskeletal anatomy

Assessment items

In Term Test: Written Examination - mid-semester

In Term Test: O.S.C.E. Oral & Written Exam

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Quiz: Quiz

Participation: Clinical Logbook *

Online Learning Activity: Online Research Module *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Online Learning Activity: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Participation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must successfully complete a clinical logbook consisting of attendance, professional behaviour and a reflective journal in each clinical session. To pass the attendance component of this assessment item students must complete all allocated compulsory hours. professional behaviour assessment is based on the University Placement Policy 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. Students not meeting the professional behaviour requirements for all 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.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Laboratory will take place in the Skills Laboratory


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face Off Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Practicum will consist of observational Placement totalling 12 hours per term