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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces students to the concepts of foot and ankle surgery in the podiatry profession. Surgical treatment modalities are introduced including minor nail and skin procedures. The theory of advanced podiatric foot and ankle surgery is examined through case-based learning.

Unit content

  • Foot and ankle procedures and evidence based surgery
  • Patient selection for surgery
  • Theatre protocol and sterilisation
  • Pre/peri and post-operative care of the surgical patient
  • Medico-legal requirements of surgical intervention
  • Understanding foot and ankle anatomy

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 classify and critique common foot and ankle procedures and associated evidence base Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
2 describe the issues pertaining to patient selection for surgery Knowledge of a discipline
3 implement knowledge of theatre protocol and sterilisation through practical applications Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 critique pre/peri and post-operative care of the patient undergoing foot surgery Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 evaluate and communicate the medico-legal requirements of surgical intervention Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
6 apply knowledge of foot and ankle anatomy in relation to surgical decision making Intellectual rigour

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

  1. classify and critique common foot and ankle procedures and associated evidence base
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. describe the issues pertaining to patient selection for surgery
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. implement knowledge of theatre protocol and sterilisation through practical applications
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. critique pre/peri and post-operative care of the patient undergoing foot surgery
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. evaluate and communicate the medico-legal requirements of surgical intervention
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. apply knowledge of foot and ankle anatomy in relation to surgical decision making
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour

Prescribed texts

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