Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Podiatrists are required to assess, diagnose and manage patients with a variety of foot and ankle conditions. In this subject students will continue to develop manual clinical skills, while learning to select and justify assessment techniques to diagnose foot and ankle conditions. Students will be guided to apply frameworks to enable them to implement management plans for patients with introductory podiatric foot and ankle conditions. Specifically, students will build on their knowledge of foot orthoses to manage foot and ankle conditions and common musculoskeletal conditions. 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 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-ordinatorJames Gerrard

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 admitted in the following course code HHPOD and must have passed: POD1PPA and POD2PPB


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

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Justify the selection of differential diagnoses and assessment techniques for patients requiring basic foot and ankle care.
02. Apply safe work principles to ensure safe clinical practice.
03. Outline patients' presenting complaints and medical histories
04. Justify the management of basic foot and ankle conditions.
05. Perform manual clinical tasks in the management of patients requiring basic foot and ankle care.
06. Apply knowledge to prescribe foot orthoses as part of treatment plans.

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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-ordinatorJames Gerrard

Class requirements

Directed ReadingWeek: 30 - 42
One 4.00 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 41 - 43
One 7.00 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 41 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Melbourne Private Practice Observation: These hours will contribute towards professional accreditation requirements

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
These hours (36 hours) will contribute towards professional accreditation

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

3 x 10-minute Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) (equivalent to 1500 words)
OSCEs take place during designated class time and are not additional time requirements for students

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

2000-word written assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo55 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Competency checklist (250 words equivalent)
Ungraded Pass/Fail: A pass in this assessment is a requirement 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/AOtherIndividualNo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

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 SILO4, SILO5, SILO6