The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide a detailed coverage of the musculoskeletal, neurological and vascular anatomy of the lower limb. In addition it will cover the biomechanics of abnormal lower limb action and different approaches to gait analysis (including podiatric theories).

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the functional anatomy of the foot, ankle and lower limb.

2. Understand the principles of clinical gait analysis and apply theoretical knowledge to a clinical setting.

3. Perform a gait assessment including static and dynamic function and integrate clinical findings with theoretical biomechanical knowledge to formulate an appropriate management plan.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of podiatric biomechanics and current biomechanical theory.

5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the growth and development podiatric biomechanics as a discipline area and in relation to clinical studies.

6. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of structural and functional abnormalities of the lower limb which result in pathology.

7. Demonstrate an ability to integrate theoretical knowledge of podiatric biomechanics and gait analysis into the clinical setting.


  1. Foot and ankle anatomy.
  2. Lower limb anatomy.
  3. Gait analysis.
  4. Pathomechanics.
  5. Podatric biomechanical theory.

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.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of PDTY1202 and HUBS1108

Assumed knowledge

Year 1 of the Podiatry program

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class Exam - Mid-semester

Viva Voce: Oral Exam

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning *

* 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: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
  • Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Online Learning Activity: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 27 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Biomechanical Laboratory for 2 Hours per Week for 8 Weeks, Anatomy Laboratory for 1 Hour per Week for 9 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Term Full Term

2 hours per week for 3 weeks and 3 hours per week for 8 weeks. Online 1 hour per term.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term