Unit description

Introduces students to the basic physical sciences that are applicable to podiatric practice, including biochemistry, physics and microbiology.

Unit content

Topic 1: Microbiology, histology and common pathogens
Topic 2: An introduction to cutaneous foot disorders
Topic 3: Causative micro-organisms in the infectious process
Topic 4: Immunity and immunology
Topic 5: Physics for the health sciences
Topic 6: Chemistry for the health sciences
Topic 7: Biochemistry for the health sciences

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 text is available through the SCU Library: Engelkirk, PG & Engelkirk, JD, 2011, Microbiology for the health sciences, 9th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. ISBN: 9781605476735 (pbk).
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 (6 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (6 weeks)
Exam: closed book40%

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Fee information


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