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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 describe the role of orthomechanical therapies in the treatment of lower limb pathology
2 evaluate the evidence for the practice of orthomechanical therapy
3 critique theoretical models of lower limb orthomechanical therapy
4 describe the characteristics and uses of materials and techniques used in the manufacture of orthotic devices
5 demonstrate practical techniques in orthomechanical therapy
6 incorporate orthomechanical intervention into treatment plans

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

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

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 teaching periods.