POD213 Consolidating Podiatric Clinical Practice (8)

This subject extends the student's skills in podiatric clinical practice and enables consolidatation of skills in communication, assessment and management. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their professional practice through the completion of both internal and external workplace learning experiences. Their perspectives of ethical, sustainable and evidence based approaches to clinical activities will be developed in the context of diagnostic investigations. Students will gain skills in the interpretation of a range of diagnostic images and test results, in order to inform case management of lower limb pathology. A range of laboratory and physical assessment techniques including vascular and neurological assessments are also considered, with a focus on 'point of care' testing.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD213. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine; Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)




Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate competence in professional practice, working independently to the level of a novice practitioner in client history taking, clinical assessment, interpretation and completion of relevant documentation
  • be able to assess a client's symptoms, develop a differential diagnosis and determine if further diagnostic investigation is required
  • be able to correctly prescribe diagnostic investigations considering ethical, physical, sustainability, logistical and economic implications
  • be able to analyse data generated from diagnostic investigations to inform best practice in client care


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Exploring the diagnostic phenomenon - understanding the philosophy and practice of differential diagnosis; constructing and testing diagnostic hypotheses
  • Measurement and implications of pain in diagnosis
  • Radiographic and imaging sciences
  • Review of the physics of Xray, radiation safety and radiographic anatomy
  • Clinical indications and contraindications for the use of ionising and non-ionising imaging techniques
  • Principles of client positioning for imaging
  • Methods of measurement using diagnostic images
  • Pathology - requesting and interpreting pathological tests for blood and urine specimens, to assist in the diagnosis and management of conditions commonly encountered in podiatric practice
  • Other diagnostic imaging techniques - ultrasound; MRI; CT; bone scans

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD213 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Diagnostic case 1
Diagnostic case 2
Clinical competence

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 11 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to undertake workplace learning in the on-campus clinic for half a day/week for 12 weeks and also to undertake workplace learning at an external private podiatric practice for 35 hours.

Special Resources

Students will be required to undertake 35 hours of workplace learning at an external private practice. Travel, accommodation and any other costs involved with this placement will be borne by the student.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.