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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Develops student knowledge of the mechanics of abnormal foot function and methods of intervention to prevent injury, treat pathology, and optimise gait and mobility.

Unit content

  • Orthomechanical therapy in clinical practice
  • Materials science
  • Orthotic manufacture

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 role of orthomechanical therapies in the treatment of lower limb pathology Knowledge of a discipline
2 evaluate the evidence for the practice of orthomechanical therapy Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 critique theoretical models of lower limb orthomechanical therapy Intellectual rigour
4 describe the characteristics and uses of materials and techniques used in the manufacture of orthotic devices Knowledge of a discipline
5 demonstrate practical techniques in orthomechanical therapy Knowledge of a discipline
6 incorporate orthomechanical intervention into treatment plans Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. describe the role of orthomechanical therapies in the treatment of lower limb pathology
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. evaluate the evidence for the practice of orthomechanical therapy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critique theoretical models of lower limb orthomechanical therapy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. describe the characteristics and uses of materials and techniques used in the manufacture of orthotic devices
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate practical techniques in orthomechanical therapy
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. incorporate orthomechanical intervention into treatment plans
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Michaud, TC, 2011, Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait-Related Disorders, Newton Biomechanics, Newton, MA. ISBN: 978-0-615-51645-5.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.