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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

Must have completed or be currently enrolled in PDT30002 - Lower Limb Medicine I

Unit aim

Introduces students to the concepts of lower limb assessment and diagnostics. Students will learn in a collaborative practical laboratory environment.

Unit content

Initial approach to assessment of a patient

  • Obtaining and interpreting a client history
  • Systemic health and chronic disease

Clinical assessment of the body systems in relation to lower limbs

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

Assessment of specific patient groups:

  • Assessment of the paediatric patient
  • Assessment of the older person

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 discuss relevance of patient history in assessment of the lower limb Knowledge of a discipline
2 perform clinical assessments of the lower limb Knowledge of a discipline
3 interpret physical assessment results with respect to the evidence base Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 interpret assessment results to inform diagnosis of lower limb conditions Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 develop evidence-based strategies to assess a patient’s health and presenting concerns Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
6 discuss roles of other health professionals in assessment of the lower limb. Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. discuss relevance of patient history in assessment of the lower limb
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. perform clinical assessments of the lower limb
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. interpret physical assessment results with respect to the evidence base
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. interpret assessment results to inform diagnosis of lower limb conditions
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. develop evidence-based strategies to assess a patient’s health and presenting concerns
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. discuss roles of other health professionals in assessment of the lower limb.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Yates, B, 2008, Merriman’s Assessment of the Lower Limb , 3rd edn, Churchill Livingston.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.