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Unit Overview


In this unit students gain a detailed understanding of the development and structure of the systemic and regional anatomy of the body, the axial and appendicular skeleton while becoming familiar with anatomical terminology. This unit introduces the application of anatomical principles in the theoretical and practical concepts of these areas of functional anatomy, focusing specifically on the anatomy and skin of the foot and lower limb. Students will also be introduced to clinical assessment of anatomical structures and relevant medical imaging techniques used clinically to assess these structures. Students will develop an understanding of normal skin anatomy and function as well as to become familiar with common pathologies, pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis and management of these common dermatological conditions of the foot, including inter and intraprofessional communication and appropriate referrals. Students will be responsible for their own learning through a variety of online and practical learning activities such as lectures, laboratories, workshops online materials, journal articles, reference texts and practical learning events which will be used to deliver the content of this unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate foundational knowledge of anatomy and pathology principles (i.e. fertilisation, embryology, and pre-natal and post-natal processes/development) within the clinical context; (2) describe the normal anatomy, structure, and function of the skeletal system and sensory organs; (3) demonstrate and apply normal and abnormal human anatomical knowledge of the lower limb (including the skin, musculature, osteology, lymphatics, neural, and vasculature) within the clinical context

; (4) describe and identify normal and abnormal skin anatomy and function within the clinical context

; and (5) classify and evaluate the aetiology, clinical features, pathological processes, diagnosis, and implementation of evidence-based treatment options for common dermatological conditions of the lower limb.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment(s); (2) test(s); and (3) exam(s). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the exam(s) component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sally Sanderson and Dr Catherine Crabb
Unit rules
(1) a.
96 points credit including completion of all level 2 units in Major of Podiatric health and Medical Sciences Major (MJD-PHMSC).
or b.
Enrolment in
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 91870.
and (2) students enrolling in this unit via the assured pathway MJD-PHMSC and/or the graduate entry DPM must comply with the requirements of the School's Infection Control, First Aid, Working with Children's check and Police Clearance check requirements prior to the commencement of Level 3 PODI units, as detailed in the DPM course rules.
PODI3111 Body Systems 1 (ID 7818) (ID 7819) PODI3115 Body Systems 2 (ID 7821) PODI3000 Professionalism in Practice (ID 7835) PODI3112 Clinical Podiatric Practice 1 (ID 7817)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Foot skeleton (estimated cost - $150).
Contact hours
Approximately 6 hours per week, including lectures 2-3 hours per week and a combination of: laboratories, e-learning sessions, tutorials, and self-directed online learning.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.