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.
|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|
Module 1: The profession of Prosthetics and Orthotics
Module 2: Materials and Work Health Safety
Module 3: Orthotic management of the foot and ankle
100 Level (Introductory)
|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.||
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.||
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.||
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
|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|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Enrolled in Program SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
In week 4, you will complete a summative component of Task1.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
45 minutes each.
|Refer to Format||Online Test (Quiz)|
1500 words, plus pictures
|Week 7||Online ePortfolio Submission|
1000 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.
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.
|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.
The portfolio, completed in PebblePad, 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.
|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.
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. Format will be available on Canvas
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. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Kevin C. Chui,Sheng-Che Yen,Milagros Jorge,Michelle M. Lusardi||2019||Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation||n/a||Saunders|
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.
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