Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Podiatrists are required to use clinical skills to manage a variety of foot and ankle conditions. In this subject, you will extend your clinical knowledge and skills to introduce you to the management of patients with foot and ankle conditions requiring introductory podiatric care. This subject will prepare you for the clinical subjects that are delivered later in the course. In addition, you will describe knowledge related to the prescription of foot orthoses. Specifically, you 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.

Your 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-ordinatorJames Gerrard

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesYou will undertake a range of learning activities including online learning, workshops, and apply your knowledge and skills through clinical placement.

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-ordinatorJames Gerrard

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). OSCEs will take place during designated class time and are not additional time requirements for students

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 750-word written assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO5

Competency checklist (250 words equivalent) Hurdle assessment: A pass in this assessment is required to pass the subject. As part of students practical/clinical sessions, students must demonstrate competency in various skills that are marked as attained on competency checklist.

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualYes0 SILO4

Participation in 36-hours of practical classes. This contributes to the students clinical hours for accreditation requirements (equivalent to 1,500 words).

Hurdle Assessment: 80% participation is the minimum requirement. 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, SILO4