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Gold Coast

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 and their respective roles in the broader healthcare system
  • Introduction to communication skills
  • Introduction to development and maintenance of mobility across the lifespan
  • Introduction to the International Classification of Functioning framework, and how this applies to disorders of gait and mobility 
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
  • Introduction to research, written expression and referencing
  • Introduction to professional behaviours which are consistent with the conduct standards of podiatry and pedorthics
  • Preparing for success in professional practice and fieldwork learning

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
1describe the roles and responsibilities of Podiatrists and Pedorthists Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2applies evidence to support interventions in health care practiceIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3discuss mobility and independent functioning across the lifespan using appropriate terminologyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4describe the general impact of lower limb disorders using the International Classification of Functioning frameworkKnowledge of a discipline
5exhibit professional and ethical behaviour and communication in a workplace environment.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

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

  1. describe the roles and responsibilities of Podiatrists and Pedorthists
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. applies evidence to support interventions in health care practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. discuss mobility and independent functioning across the lifespan using appropriate terminology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe the general impact of lower limb disorders using the International Classification of Functioning framework
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. exhibit professional and ethical behaviour and communication in a workplace environment.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (10 wks )
Lecture online 1 hr (8 wks )
Lecture online 2 hrs (4 wks)
Assessment
Search strategy10%
Exam: closed book50%
Presentation and handout40%
Notice

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

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Fee information

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