Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Introduces students to the Podiatry and Pedorthics professions, including the history, development, roles and responsibilities of each profession in the context of the healthcare system. Students are introduced to the International Classification of Functioning framework and its relationship with mobility disorders.

Unit content

  • History and evolution of the podiatry and pedorthic professions
  • Introduction to communication theory
  • Roles of the podiatrist and pedorthist in the broader healthcare system, case study analysis and development
  • Development and maintenance of mobility across the lifespan
  • Impact of mobility disorders within the International Classification of Functioning framework
  • Disorders of gait and mobility
  • Introduction to professional clinical behaviour and communication through observational clinical placement
  • Understanding Evidence Based Practice
  • Professional behaviours which are consistent with the conduct standards of podiatry and pedorthics
  • Preparing for success in professional practice and fieldwork learning
  • Introduction to research, written expression and referencing in scholarly written work

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

  • This book is available from the co-op and will be beneficial for your learning in this unit and future units at SCU: Hall, B, 2013, The Night Before Essay Planner, 3rd edn, XOUM, Sydney. ISBN: 9781922057235.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (10 wks )
Community/Professional placement 40 hrs (Across session)
Lecture on-site 1 hr (8 wks )
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (4 wks)
Case study50%
Multiple Choice Exam50%
Placement AssessmentSR
Placement Documentation PortfolioSR

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