University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice

Course code/s: HZLLPP

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course code HZLLPP
Course coordinator Dr Anita Raspovic
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 083317C/062806D
Course duration 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

This course gives students the skills and knowledge to diagnose, prevent and treat disorders of the foot and ankle. As well as being taught the diverse assessment and management skills used in podiatric practice, students learn to treat patients with complex medical conditions (such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis) and to work in specialised areas of podiatry, such as sports injuries, paediatrics and surgery. The majority of subjects undertaken in this course are core subjects.

In first year, students will undertake an interdisciplinary year in which they enrol in subjects with peers across health sciences courses. The focus of this year is on basic human biosciences, factors influencing health and on developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. The second year of study will see students begin to develop podiatric skills and further explore the underpinning human biosciences and public health aspects.

During the third year of the course, through a range of contemporary learning approaches, students will learn fundamental theory relating to podiatric practice, and attend clinical placements in order to develop professional knowledge and skills in authentic clinical learning environments. By fourth year, students will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to the management of podiatric disorders across the life span by undertaking more intensive clinical placements. Students will be based at an Academic Research Network (ARN) and attend clinical placement in hospitals and other clinical settings under the supervision of a clinician in the last 18 months of the course.

The Discipline of Podiatry conducts its own clinic at the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus and students become directly involved in the treatment of patients. Additional clinical experience is gained through external placement at hospitals, health centres and private practice.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over four years of full-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective   15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective   15

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs. 

** LTU0AIM (previously HLT1AIM) - is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (165 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS2ALF Anatomy: Lower Limb & Foot 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2PAT Pathophysiology 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 POD2PPA Introduction to Podiatry Practice A 15
TE-SEM-2 MIC2MMP Medical Microbiology for Podiatry 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PCY Foundations in Pharmacology for Podiatrists 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3NPM Normal and Pathological Movement 15
TE-SEM-2 POD3PPB Introduction to Podiatry Practice B 15
TE-SEM-2 POD3CSF Cutaneous Science of the Foot 15
TE-SEM-1/2/SUM-1/2/3 Elective   15
TE-SUMMER-1 POD4APP Advanced Anatomy and Pathology for Podiatry 15

Third year

Third year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 POD4PAM Podiatric Assessment & Management 15
TE-SEM-1 POD4CBP Clinical Biomechanics in Podiatry 15
TE-SEM-1 POD4PAS Podiatric Anaesthesia and Surgery 15
TE-SEM-1 POD4PPC Podiatric Practice C 15
TE-SEM-1 POD4OFL Orthotic Management of the Foot and Lower Limb 15
TE-SEM-2 POD5MFP Musculoskeletal Basis of Foot & Lower Limb Pathology 15
TE-SEM-2 POD5HRF The High Risk Foot 15
TE-SEM-2 POD5PPY Podiatric Pharmacology 15
TE-W31-51 POD5PPD Podiatric Practice D 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W5-25 POD5PPE Podiatric Practice E 30
TE-SEM-1 POD5CPM Consolidated Podiatric Case Management 15
TE-SEM-1 POD5MCF Medical Conditions Affecting the Foot 15
TE-W27-52 POD5PPF Podiatric Practice F 30
TE-SEM-2 POD5SPP Special Populations in Podiatry 15
TE-SEM-2 POD5PPJ Podiatry Project 15



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