Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts and components of holistic client assessment as a podiatry or pedorthic practitioner. This includes obtaining, performing and interpreting the patient interview and physical, radiographic and laboratory assessments

Unit content

Clinical assessment of the body systems in relation to lower limbs

  • Vascular assessment
  • Neurological assessment
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Dermatological assessment
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Footwear assessment

Clinical examination of the paediatric and elderly patient

  • Changes in assessment criteria due to age

History and physical examination

  • Medical and social history
  • Systemic signs and symptoms of ill-health

Diagnostic imaging 

  • The science of diagnostic imaging techniques (x-ray, U/S, CT and MRI)
  • Diagnostic imaging for bone pathology
  • Diagnostic imaging for soft tissue pathology
  • Diagnostic imaging for joint pathology

Laboratory and hospital investigations

  • Urinalysis
  • Blood analysis
  • Histology

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 2

  • This text is available as an eBook through the SCU Library: Yates, B, 2009, Merriman’s Assessment of the Lower Limb, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, Edinburgh, New York. ISBN: 0702050628.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Case study15%
Exam: practical20%
Exam: practical45%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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