Unit description

Introduces the dimensions of gait and mobility and the impact of gait and mobility disorders. The unit also provides a platform for students to begin to learn about the Podiatry and Pedorthics professions, their associated roles and responsibilities and the treatment modalities utilised within each discipline.

Unit content

Topic 1: History and evolution of the Podiatry and Pedorthic professions 
Topic 2: Development and maintenance of mobility across the lifespan 
Topic 3: Disorders of gait and mobility 
Topic 4: Impact of mobility disorders within the ICF framework 
Topic 5: Roles of the Podiatrist and Pedorthist, case study analysis and development 
Topic 6: Basic skills of Podiatrists and Pedorthists (including observation and recording)

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Field work 24 hours (3 days)
Case study50%
Practical skillsSR

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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