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Unit description

Introduces students to lower limb medicine and the pathology behind common foot and ankle conditions. Introduces students to disease processes and pathology.

Unit content

Cutaneous foot disease

  • Normal and abnormal cutaneous structures
  • Presentation of cutaneous foot disease

Abnormal foot structure and pathomechanics

  • Defining abnormal structure
  • Systemic and local influences on abnormal structure

Body systems and systemic diseases affecting the lower limb

  • Epidemiology
  • Aetiology, signs and symptoms
  • Assessment and management
  • Multidisciplinary care, communication and referral

Role of the foot and ankle practitioner in evaluation and management of systemic diseases affecting the lower limb

  • Lower limb clinical signs and symptoms
  • Role of the foot and ankle practitioner
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical rationale for intervention
  • Communication and case management (including documentation review)

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate knowledge of common presentations of cutaneous foot disease related to the pathomechanical footIntellectual rigour
2summarise the pathomechanical foot and related evidence based managementIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3discuss common presentations of systemic disease in the foot and lower limbIntellectual rigour
4communicate a plan for the assessment and management of systemic diseases and their effects on the lower limbIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5explain the importance of multidisciplinary care for foot disease.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of common presentations of cutaneous foot disease related to the pathomechanical foot
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. summarise the pathomechanical foot and related evidence based management
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. discuss common presentations of systemic disease in the foot and lower limb
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. communicate a plan for the assessment and management of systemic diseases and their effects on the lower limb
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. explain the importance of multidisciplinary care for foot disease.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Frowen, P, O’Donnell, M & Burrow, JG, 2010, Neale’s Disorders of the Foot, 8th edn, Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (6 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (6 weeks)
Assessment
Clinical Pattern30%
Exam: closed book50%
Quiz 110%
Quiz 210%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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