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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the concepts and components of holistic client assessment as a podiatry or pedorthic practitioner. This includes obtaining, performing and interpreting the patient interview and physical, radiographic and laboratory assessments

Unit content

Clinical assessment of the body systems in relation to lower limbs

  • Vascular assessment
  • Neurological assessment
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Dermatological assessment
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Footwear assessment

Clinical examination of the paediatric and elderly patient

  • Changes in assessment criteria due to age

History and physical examination

  • Medical and social history
  • Systemic signs and symptoms of ill-health

Diagnostic imaging 

  • The science of diagnostic imaging techniques (x-ray, U/S, CT and MRI)
  • Diagnostic imaging for bone pathology
  • Diagnostic imaging for soft tissue pathology
  • Diagnostic imaging for joint pathology

Laboratory and hospital investigations

  • Urinalysis
  • Blood analysis
  • Histology

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: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 define and apply the various approaches to initial clinical assessment of the lower limb
2 demonstrate an understanding of differing assessment approaches for paediatric and elderly populations
3 undertake an holistic patient assessment, including history and physical, systems and lower limb examinations
4 explain the scientific principles underpinning diagnostic imaging techniques
5 demonstrate appropriate referral for diagnostic imaging, and evaluate and interpret images and reports
6 demonstrate an understanding of the clinical relevance of applicable laboratory tests.

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

  1. define and apply the various approaches to initial clinical assessment of the lower limb
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate an understanding of differing assessment approaches for paediatric and elderly populations
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. undertake an holistic patient assessment, including history and physical, systems and lower limb examinations
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. explain the scientific principles underpinning diagnostic imaging techniques
    • GA4:
  5. demonstrate appropriate referral for diagnostic imaging, and evaluate and interpret images and reports
    • GA4:
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the clinical relevance of applicable laboratory tests.
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • This text is available as an eBook through the SCU Library: Yates, B, 2009, Merriman’s Assessment of the Lower Limb, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, Edinburgh, New York. ISBN: 0702050628.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.