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Gold Coast Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to the Podiatry and Pedorthics professions, including the history, development, roles and responsibilities of each profession in the context of the healthcare system. Students are introduced to the International Classification of Functioning framework and its relationship with mobility disorders.

Unit content

  • History and evolution of the podiatry and pedorthic professions
  • Introduction to communication theory
  • Roles of the podiatrist and pedorthist in the broader healthcare system, case study analysis and development
  • Development and maintenance of mobility across the lifespan
  • Impact of mobility disorders within the International Classification of Functioning framework
  • Disorders of gait and mobility
  • Introduction to professional clinical behaviour and communication through observational clinical placement
  • Understanding Evidence Based Practice
  • Professional behaviours which are consistent with the conduct standards of podiatry and pedorthics
  • Preparing for success in professional practice and fieldwork learning
  • Introduction to research, written expression and referencing in scholarly written work

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the roles and responsibilities of Podiatrists and Pedorthists
2 develop a case study that examines the efficacy of Podiatric and Pedorthic interventions using evidence-based practice
3 identify and apply the dimensions of mobility and the nature of independent functioning across the lifespan
4 describe the general impact of gait and mobility disorders using the International Classification of Functioning framework
5 exhibit professional and ethical behaviour and communication in a workplace environment.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the roles and responsibilities of Podiatrists and Pedorthists
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. develop a case study that examines the efficacy of Podiatric and Pedorthic interventions using evidence-based practice
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. identify and apply the dimensions of mobility and the nature of independent functioning across the lifespan
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. describe the general impact of gait and mobility disorders using the International Classification of Functioning framework
    • GA4:
  5. exhibit professional and ethical behaviour and communication in a workplace environment.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • This book is available from the co-op and will be beneficial for your learning in this unit and future units at SCU: Hall, B, 2013, The Night Before Essay Planner, 3rd edn, XOUM, Sydney. ISBN: 9781922057235.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.