Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Podiatrists are required to use clinical skills to manage a variety of foot and ankle conditions. In this foundation clinical practice subject, essential knowledge and skills for safe and effective clinical practice are taught. Specifically, students will learn about basic instrument handling, infection control and safe work principles. This subject will prepare students for the clinical subjects that are delivered later in the course. The concepts will be introduced in workshops and consolidated through virtual clinical experiences. Professional accreditation requires a minimum level of clinical exposure. Students' attendance at professional placements will contribute to meeting this requirement for professional recognition as a podiatrist. 

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNikolaos Nikolopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in the following course code HHPOD.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply safe work principles to ensure safe clinical practice

Online videos, practical demonstrations, student pracs

02. Describe the purpose and use of podiatry equipment used in clinical environments.

Online videos, practical demonstrations, student pracs

03. Perform manual clinical tasks in the management of simulated patients requiring basic foot and ankle care.

Online videos, practical demonstrations, student pracs

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNikolaos Nikolopoulos

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours practical every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"These hours (24 hours) will contribute towards professional accreditation"

Problem Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2,000 word written group assignment (2 students per team, equivalent to 1000 words per student)30 01, 02
One 40-minute Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (equivalent to 2000 words)OSCE takes place during designated class time and is not additional time requirement for students45 01, 02, 03
One 45-minute multiple choice examination (equivalent to 750 words)Online25 01, 02
Clinical attendanceUngraded Pass/Fail, Hurdle: Clinical attendance is a hurdle requirement in order to accumulate total clinical hours required for professional accreditation. (if, for extenuating circumstances that are consistent with the University's Special Consideration policy , students are unable to complete required clinical hours, alternative arrangements will be negotiated). See section C3 of ANZPAC Accreditation sta 01, 02, 03
Competency checklist (250 words equiv)Ungraded Pass/Fail. Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject. As part of students# prac/clinical sessions, students must demonstrate competency in various skills that are marked as attained on competency checklist. 01, 02, 03