Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Podiatrists are required to use clinical skills to manage a variety of foot and ankle conditions. In this subject, students will extend their clinical knowledge and skills to introduce them to the management of patients with foot and ankle conditions requiring introductory podiatric care. This subject will prepare students for the clinical subjects that are delivered later in the course. In addition, students will describe knowledge related to the prescription of foot orthoses. Specifically, students will be introduced to the use of foot orthoses to manage foot and ankle conditions and consolidate knowledge in regards to the management of common dermatological conditions. The concepts will be introduced in workshops and consolidated by managing patients in the Health Sciences Clinic. 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-ordinatorGlen Whittaker

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in the following course code HHPOD and must have passed: POD1PPA and POD1CSF


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. Select and explain assessment techniques and differential diagnoses for patients requiring basic foot and ankle care.
02. Discuss and summarise the patients' presenting complaints and medical history.
03. Explain the management of basic foot and ankle conditions.
04. Perform manual clinical tasks in the management of patients requiring basic foot and ankle care.
05. Explain the aim and mechanism of foot orthoses as part of treatment plans.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGlen Whittaker

Class requirements

Directed ReadingWeek: 10 - 22
One 4.00 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 20 - 22
One 7.00 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 20 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Private practice observation (these hours contribute towards professional accreditation requirements)

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
These hours (36 hours)will contribute towards professional accreditation requirements

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
3 x 10-minute Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) (equiv 1500 words) OSCEs take place during designated class time and are not additional time requirements for studentsN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2
One 2000 word written assignment Case-basedN/AN/AN/ANo55 SILO1, SILO2
Competency checklist (250 words equivalent) Ungraded Pass/Fail: A pass in this assessment is required 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/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
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 standN/AN/AN/AYesnull SILO4, SILO5