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.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichelle Kaminski

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in the following course code HHPOD


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply safe work principles to ensure safe clinical practice
02. Describe the purpose and use of podiatry equipment used in clinical environments.
03. Perform manual clinical tasks in the management of simulated patients requiring basic foot and ankle care.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichelle Kaminski

Class requirements

Problem Based LearningWeek: 30 - 42
One 4.00 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 4.00 hours practical every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
These hours (24 hours) will contribute towards professional accreditation


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2,000 word written group assignment (2 students per team, equivalent to 1000 words per student)

N/AAssignmentGroupNo30 SILO1, SILO2

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 students

N/AOtherIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 45-minute multiple choice examination (equivalent to 750 words)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2

Clinical attendance
Ungraded 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 standards.

N/AOtherIndividualYes0 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

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.

N/AOtherIndividualNo0 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3