pod2ppa intro to pod prac a




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop an awareness of the concepts and principles that underpin podiatric clinical practice and the delivery of professional health care. The subject also focuses on basic principles of human lower limb biomechanics and the role of footwear in maintaining optimal foot health.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShannon Munteanu

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFoot problems in older people: assessment and managementPrescribedMenz, HB 2008EDINBURGH; NEW YORK: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, 2008.
ReadingsHuman locomotion: The conservative management of gait-related disordersPrescribedMichaud TCNEWTON BIOMECHANICS: MASSACHUSETTS, 2011
ReadingsMerriman's Assessment of the Lower LimbPrescribedYates B (Ed)(3RD EDITION) ENDINBURGH: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, 2009.
ReadingsCommunicating in the Health SciencePreliminaryHiggs J et al.OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2008.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Work independently and as part of a team to implement clinical practices that the podiatrist will use in the context of an interdisciplinary healthcare environment. You should be able to: a) Describe the role of allied health professionals. b) Describe the foundations of good communication between practitioner and patient and give examples of barriers and aids to good communication. c) Differentiate between different categories of medical information for recording and decision making purposes. d) Create clinical records in keeping with legal and ethical standards. e) Perform sterilisation and disinfection techniques. f) Make and justify clinical decisions for the management of common medical disorders. g) Communicate effectively using a variety of modes/technologies.

Online quiz, Written assignment, Workshop activities using case studies

02. Assess a client's lower limb biomechanics, and identify and explain any gait abnormalities and possible aetiologies. You should be able to: a) Describe the normal range of lower limb joint movement during standing and walking. b) List factors that influence the position of lower limb joints. c) Describe common aetiologies for abnormal gait. d) Use recognised procedures to assess foot posture and dynamic gait.

Practical examination, Online quiz, Workshop activities

03. Determine modifications to specific footwear that will prevent or treat a given pathology You should be able to: a) Identify and describe the function of individual components of a shoe. b) Explain the link between footwear and the development of lower limb pathologies. c) Independently conduct an assessment of footwear, identifying any aspects likely to cause pathologies.

Online quiz, Team presentation submitted online, Workshop activities

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShannon Munteanu

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 15-minute presentation (team)Equivalent to 1,500 word essay per team (approximately 400 words per team member)2003
One 500-word essay1001
One 20-minute practical examinationEquivalent to 1,000 word essay4002
six 20-minute LMS quizzesEquivalent to 2,000 word essay3001, 02, 03