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Gold Coast Session 2 N/A

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the concepts of lower limb assessment. Students are introduced to assessment modalities including diagnostic imaging

Unit content

Topic 1: Clinical assessment of the body systems

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

Topic 2: Clinical examination of the paediatric and elderly patient

  • Changes in assessment criteria due to age

Topic 3: History and physical examination

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

Topic 4: 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

Topic 5: 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 the various approaches to initial clinical assessment of the lower limb
2 understand differing assessment approaches for paediatric and elderly populations
3 undertake a thorough patient assessment, including history and physical, systems and lower limb examinations
4 explain the scientific principles underpinning diagnostic imaging techniques
5 describe the indications and contraindications of diagnostic imaging techniques
6 demonstrate an understanding of the clinical relevance of laboratory tests.

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

  1. define the various approaches to initial clinical assessment of the lower limb
    • GA4:
  2. understand differing assessment approaches for paediatric and elderly populations
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. undertake a thorough 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. describe the indications and contraindications of diagnostic imaging techniques
    • GA4:
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the clinical relevance of 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.