SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB825013
Module Leader Allan Thomson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BSc Hons or equivalent Suitable Health qualification

Summary of Content

This module aims to enable the student to evaluate the application of and make informed judgements on the analysis and interpretation of a range of diagnostic investigative techniques in the management of foot and lower limb pathology with particular reference to Podiatric Surgery.


-360 -360b7 Imaging techniques and their application in clinical practice b7 The principles of: -360 o X-ray o Computed tomography o Magnetic resonance imaging o Ultrasound o Nuclear medicine -360b7 Selection, interpretation and application of neurological and vascular assessment -360 o ABPI, Vascular Imaging, EMG and Nerve conduction studies -360b7 Obtaining samples, storage, preparation, examination and interpretation of; -360 o Urinalysis o Haematology o Biochemisty o Immunology o Bacteriology o Mycology Aspiration, Biopsy, Pathology Additional imaging techniques including MRI, US, CT and Nuclear Medicine

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Justify, critique and interpret neurological and vascular assessment techniques2. Critically justify the appropriate imaging modality relevant for podiatric practice3. Interpret relevant analytical laboratory investigations4. Critically evaluate and justify the application of the results of diagnostic investigations relevant to management strategies

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered on-line. A variety of media will be utilised which can include video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, seminars / online asynchronous group discussions and tutorials / online self-directed study to engage students in the key concepts which will then be developed through directed reading, guided activities, literature searching and student initiated reading. For the purpose of maintaining autonomy, flexibility and reducing remoteness in relation to learning, each online student will be allocated to an online tutorial group of up to 9 people. Tutorial groups will meet via GCU Learn on a fortnightly basis to discuss activities that have been assigned to them. Module Tutors will respond to group questions placed during these sessions. Students are required to make the equivalent of at least 3 meaningful contributions online per fortnight, where a 'meaningful contribution' is defined as 'providing a critical or developmental comment, not just a greeting'. Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow students to identify learning strategies to meet their personal learning needs. Since the majority of time is allocated to independent and directed study, it is important that students have previously acquired study skills and organisational abilities in order to successfully complete this module. Having access to a computer with Internet access is recommended and required to undertake this module.

Indicative Reading

Blann, A. 2006, Routine Blood Results Explained: a guide for nurses and allied health professionals . M&K. Cumbria. ISBN 1-905539-01-0 Christman , A. 2015, Foot and Ankle Radiology ( 2 nd Edition), ISBN-13: 978-1451192834 Hoffbrand,AV.2001, Essential Haematology . Blackwell Science Lisle,DA & Russell,A. 2012, Imaging for the Students. 4 th Editi on. Arnold (e-book) Merriman,LM & Turner,W .2002, Assessment of the Lower Limb , Churchill Livingstone Sleigh,JD & Timbury,MC .1998, Notes on Medical Bacteriology, Churchill Livingstone Journals including; British Journal of Podiatric Medicine Clinical Orthopaedics: Foot and Ankle International: <> JAPMA: <> Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: <> Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: <> The Foot:,

Transferrable Skills

This module will facilitate a wide range of transferrable skills, in particular: -360b7 working in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence. b7 developing study and IT skills to underpin effective learning. b7 developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different contexts. b7 demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations. b7 developing communication skills, written, oral, listening, and presentational; demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team. underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 25.00
Independent Learning (FT) 89.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 1.00 50.00 45% MCQ
Exam 02 1.00 50.00 45% Case Studies.