SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB826611
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 investigation techniques in the management of foot and lower limb pathology and with reference to podiatric surgery. Formative activities to prepare students for the module assessment include case studies at weeks 3, 6 and 9 which are self and optional peer assessment.


-360 - Imaging and clinical investigations of relevance to podiatric surgery using the following clinical scenarios to provide context. -360 o Diabetic foot o Ischaemic foot o Infection o Pre-operative assessment o Trauma o Surgical planning o Neoplasms o Post-operative follow-up o Clinical emergencies o Hot swollen joint o Foreign body o Surgical complications o Tendinopathy o Metatarsalgia o Heel pain -360 - Students will learn the principles of medical imaging and laboratory investigations. - Students will develop their ability to appraise and interpret medical imaging with a focus on plain radiographs of the foot and ankle.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Identify, understand and evaluate appropriate diagnostic imaging and clinical investigations2. Justify and critique a range of diagnostic imaging and clinical investigations3. Interpret appropriate clinical and imaging investigations4. Critically evaluate, justify and apply the results of diagnostic imaging and clinical investigations

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered on-line. A variety of media will be utilised which may include a mix of video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, 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 expected 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.D. (2013) Routine blood results explained /. Third edition. Keswick, Cumbria :, M&K Update Ltd,. Christman, R.A. (2015) Foot and ankle radiology /. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA :, Wolters Kluwer Health. Daffner, R.H. & Hartman, M.S. (2014) Clinical radiology : the essentials /. 4th edition. Wolters Kluwer /Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Health. Gaw, A. (2013) Clinical biochemistry : an illustrated colour text. 5th ed. Churchill Livingstone. Greenspan A. 2010, Orthopaedic Imaging: A Practical Approach (5th Edition) Lipincott Williams & Wilkins Howard, M.R. & Hamilton, P.J. (2013) Haematology : an illustrated colour text /. 4th edition. Edinburgh :, Elsevier,. Lisle,DA & Russell,A. 2012, Imaging for the Students. 4th Edition. Arnold (e-book) Murphy, M.J., Srivastava, R. & Deans, K. (n.d.) Clinical biochemistry : an illustrated colour text /. Sixth edition. Edinburgh :, Elsevier,. Ramachandran, M. (n.d.) Basic orthopaedic sciences /. Second edition. a9 2017, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

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 including using video conference technology for 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. underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Seminars (PT) 2.00
Directed Learning 58.00
Independent Learning (PT) 174.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 100.00 50% Case Study Exam (online)