Course Outline

HLT102 Introduction to Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice

Course Coordinator:Jane Paul ( School:School of Health - Public Health

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This introductory course will build your awareness prosthetic and orthotic practice through topics ranging from terminology, scope of practice, and material science concepts related to prosthetic and orthotic design. Practical exposure to the technical skills is done through a series of projects that will familiarise you to the tools and methods used in practice that will be used in future coursework. This course will start to develop your sense of professionalism and understanding of the scope of practice of a prosthetist/orthotist.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Independent structured learning materials 3hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Tutorial/Workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – Laboratory 3hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Module 1: The profession of Prosthetics and Orthotics

Module 2: Materials and Work Health Safety

Module 3: Orthotic management of the foot and ankle

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association
1 Identify safety procedures and demonstrate technical skills through the safe use of hand tools, power tool, and personal protective equipment (PPE) within the discipline workplace. Knowledgeable
2.4.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.3.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 5.3.2
2 Describe characteristics of common musculoskeletal aetiologies and discuss common orthotic and related treatment strategies. Knowledgeable
2.1.1, 2.2.1, 2.4.1, 6.1.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3
3 Discuss, using evidence and examples, the fundamental principles and components in prosthetics and orthotics. Knowledgeable
1.3.2, 2.3.6, 3.1.2
4 Explain the main properties of materials, both basic engineering principles (stress, strain, deformation, etc.) and properties of common materials used in prosthetics and orthotics and their impact on clinical care. Knowledgeable
2.3.6, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2
5 Critically reflect on the AOPA professional scope of practice and competency standards and how you may apply this scope to develop clients, providers, and your own understanding of the profession and its role in healthcare. Empowered
1.1.7, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 2.3.5, 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.3.3

* Competencies by Professional Body

The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association
1.3.2 Provides relevant information in order to facilitate client access to care
1.1.7 Provides prompt, accurate and comprehensive information in clear terms to enable the client and/or carer to male am informed decision
1.2.2 Respects, acknowledges and utilises the expertise of other health professionals
1.2.3 Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other health professionals to enhance collaborative practice and client access to care
1.2.4 Actively participates within the health professional team and seeks opportunities to demonstrate professional excellence
2.4.2 Uses appropriate techniques to ensure optimal fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis
2.1.1 Identifies subjective and objective information to enable development of an appropriate orthotic/prosthetic care plan
2.2.1 Accesses and utilises evidence to guide clinical decisions
2.4.1 Considers all relevant characteristics of the client during orthosis/prosthesis fitting and review processes
2.3.6 Determines and justifies the design details of the orthosis/prosthesis prescription
2.3.5 Identifies clients who require collaborative care and liaises with the health professional team to ensure integrates care planning
3.1.1 Utilises appropriate casting, measuring and/or cast modification techniques to facilitate fabrication
3.1.2 Fabricates and/or coordinates the optimal fabrication of orthoses/prostheses
3.1.3 Performs and/or coordinates requires modifications of orthoses/prostheses
3.2.1 Assesses the orthosis/prosthesis for structural safety at appropriate intervals
3.2.2 Ensures the orthosis/prosthesis is compliant with manufacturer guidelines and standards
4.3.2 Participates in audit processes and quality improvement initiative
5.1.1 Adheres to legislation and workplace guidelines relating to safety
5.1.2 Identifies workplace hazards and acts to eliminate or reduce risks
5.2.2 Complies with relevant laws, regulations, policies and guidelines
5.3.2 Seeks assistance or refers on when beyond own level of competence
5.2.1 Recognises the responsibility to do no harm
5.3.1 Works within professional scope of practice, consent of client and/or carer and authority of employer
5.3.3 Recognises where further training is required to conduct competent practice
6.1.1 Undertakes independent learning to further own knowledge and skills on a continuous basis
6.2.2 Demonstrates a systematic approach to analysis and decision making
6.2.3 Integrates evidence and new learning into practice to improve health outcomes for clients

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC307 Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In week 4, you will complete a summative component  of Task1. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 35%
45 minutes each.
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Portfolio Individual 30%
1300 words, plus pictures
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Report Individual 35%
1200 words (+/- 10% for headings and references)
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Online quizzes
The purpose of the quizzes is to provide feedback on the theoretical knowledge related to the prosthetic and orthotic profession, industry materials, profession work health and safety, and orthotic management of the foot and related theory.
Product: Quiz/zes
Three quizzes are to be completed individually on Canvas. These quizzes will consist of 20-30 randomized questions per quiz. There will be a mixture of multiple choice, multiple selection and true/false questions. The quizzes will be weeks 4, 9 & 13.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Description of common musculoskeletal aetiologies, fundamental principles of P&O theory
2 3
Explanation of material properties in P&O
Identification of safety procedures within the discipline workplace
Description of treatment strategies and components in P&O
2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Technical Competency Portfolio
The goal of the portfolio to is assess your development of understanding of industry work health and safety practices, tools, techniques, materials and basic P&O components through main technical competency areas.
Product: Portfolio
The portfolio, completed in Canvas, will consist of modules containing activities of knowledge-based questions, safe work practices, P&O principles, tutor-based assessments of skill, and reflection on performance. The activities required to complete the portfolio will be completed in the on-campus lab sessions each week. You will have to reflect on the performance of your skill/experience/AOPA competencies based on the 'capstone' piece that combines the competencies above into a final device.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Presentation of evidence and examples of P&O components
Critical reflection and planning as to the impact of applied material fabrication techniques and the impact to clinical care
4 5
Critical reflection of performance pertaining to scope of practice, competency standards and your role in healthcare.
Demonstration of safety procedures working with common P&O materials and tools
1 4
Demonstration of safe technical skills
All - Assessment Task 3:Lab Report
The lab report will further integrate the knowledge of material science and P&O principles by having you apply methods to evaluate these concepts using real-world applications.
Product: Report
This report will discuss the results of and implications of material selection, design, and alignment done using real-world applications in P&O completed during lab. The report will require you to discuss, using principles and methods discussed in class and primary literature, how these elements work together to inform P&O intervention and how you as a future clinician could incorporate these concepts to provide quality intervention of future practice.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Discussion of evidence on fundamental principles within P&O
Discussion of evidence and how it will inform material use in clinical care
3 4
Discussion of fundamental P&O principles in relation to material science
3 4
Explanation of how basic P&O principles impacts professional understanding
4 5
Description and communication skills to a professional audience
2 5

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Kevin C. Chui,Sheng-Che Yen,Milagros Jorge,Michelle M. Lusardi 2019 Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation n/a Saunders

Specific requirements

You will be required to purchase  Personal Protective Equipment and may be required to purchases some personal tools to use during the workshop. The list will be provided to you at the beginning of the semester. These tools would be used throughout the program and can be used in clinical practice after graduation.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all laboratory classes and a moderate level of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks are those associated with laboratory work such as working with chemicals and hazardous substances. You will be required to undertake laboratory induction training and it is also your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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