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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 and their respective roles in the broader healthcare system
  • Introduction to communication skills
  • Introduction to development and maintenance of mobility across the lifespan
  • Introduction to the International Classification of Functioning framework, and how this applies to disorders of gait and mobility 
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
  • Introduction to research, written expression and referencing
  • Introduction to professional behaviours which are consistent with the conduct standards of podiatry and pedorthics
  • Preparing for success in professional practice and fieldwork learning

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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 Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
2 applies evidence to support interventions in health care practice Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 discuss mobility and independent functioning across the lifespan using appropriate terminology Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 describe the general impact of lower limb disorders using the International Classification of Functioning framework Knowledge of a discipline
5 exhibit professional and ethical behaviour and communication in a workplace environment. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. describe the roles and responsibilities of Podiatrists and Pedorthists
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. applies evidence to support interventions in health care practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. discuss mobility and independent functioning across the lifespan using appropriate terminology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe the general impact of lower limb disorders using the International Classification of Functioning framework
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. exhibit professional and ethical behaviour and communication in a workplace environment.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.