Course Outline

HLT320 Clinical Foundations in Prosthetics

Course Coordinator:Adam Holden ( School:School of Health - Public Health

2023Semester 2

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 course introduces the clinical aspects of prosthetics related to the assessment of people with amputations, implementation of an intervention strategy in transtibial and transfemoral scenarios, and evaluating the evidence related to common aspects of care. Students learn about the design of socket interfaces, prosthetic foot and knee types, and learn to evaluate the fit and function of a prosthesis on an individual. The projects in the semester introduce students to working directly with individuals with amputations. Students continue to enhance psychomotor skills working on these projects.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Independent structured learning materials 4hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Workshop 3hrs Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – Laboratory 3hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Module 1: Amputation incidence, aetiology and healthcare frameworks

Module 2: Transtibial prostheses

Module 3: Transfemoral prostheses

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth 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 Assess and critically discuss current literature related to prosthetic management based on case study scenarios. Creative and critical thinker
1.2.1, 1.2.4, 1.3.1, 2.2.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.2.1
2 Critically evaluate the fit and alignment of a prosthesis by discussing and/or demonstrating how to adjust the prosthesis to be comfortable in the performance of a task. Creative and critical thinker
1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.3.2, 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.4, 2.4.5, 3.1.3, 3.2.1, 5.2.1, 5.2.4
3 Demonstrate developing competence and professionalism in the physical assessment of a client/model with an amputation for a) casting of and b) fit of a prosthesis. Empowered
1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.1.7, 2.1.3, 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.3, 3.2.2, 5.2.1
4 Safely use lab facilities with increasing independence and reflection in the demonstration/coordination of manufacture of prosthetic sockets Empowered
3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.2.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 5.3.2
5 Demonstrate effective communication skills with a client-model with an amputation by providing clear instruction and feedback during encounters. Empowered
1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.1.7, 5.3.1

* Competencies by Professional Body

The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association
1.2.1 Receives and develops client referrals, professional handovers health professional team reports and care plans
1.2.4 Actively participates within the health professional team and seeks opportunities to demonstrate professional excellence
1.3.1 Provides clinical justification for prescribed orthotic/prosthetic client treatment
1.1.5 Listens effectively to the client and/or carer
1.1.6 Encourages the client and/or carer to participate and provide feedback
1.3.2 Provides relevant information in order to facilitate client access to care
1.1.1 Ensures all interactions with the client and/or carer demonstrate respect, honesty, empathy and dignity and are conducted in a culturally appropriate manner
1.1.2 Ensures the client is the focus of the care pathway
1.1.3 Ensures the client and/or carer is aware of their rights and responsibilities
1.1.4 Obtains informed consent from the client and/or carer prior to the provision of care
1.1.7 Provides prompt, accurate and comprehensive information in clear terms to enable the client and/or carer to make an informed decision
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
2.4.2 Uses appropriate techniques to ensure optimal fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis
2.4.4 Evaluates and monitors treatment outcomes using patient feedback and/or outcome measures
2.4.5 Modifies treatment to ensure best possible outcomes are maintained
2.1.3 Performs assessment professionally, safely and effectively
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
3.1.1 Utilises appropriate casting, measuring and/or cast modification techniques to facilitate fabrication
3.2.2 Ensures the orthosis/prosthesis is compliant with manufacturer guidelines and standards
3.1.2 Fabricates and/or coordinates the optimal fabrication of orthoses/prostheses
5.2.1 Recognises the responsibility to do no harm
5.2.4 Recognises and responds appropriately if client is at risk
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
5.3.1 Works within professional scope of practice, consent of client and/or carer and authority of employer
6.1.1 Undertakes independent learning to further own knowledge and skills on a continuous basis
6.1.2 Shares skills and knowledge with health professional colleagues and students
6.2.1 Assesses and critically analyses sources of evidence

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”.


HLT204 and enrolled in SC367 with a Prosthetics & Orthotics Extended Major.


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Familiarity with lab procedures and tool usage

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 submit your first activity for formative feedback that will reflect your performance to assist in preparing for course tasks.

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 1a Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 25%
1500-words (+/- 10%)
Week 6 Online Submission
All 1b Oral Individual 5%
3-4 minutes + question time
Week 7 In Class
All 2 Portfolio Individual 35%
2000 words, plus pictures
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 35%
120 minutes
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1a:Report
The goal of this task is to introduce you to areas of clinical practice and allow you to explore the key concepts and literature relating to a topic in prosthetics. This task will be useful in establishing the relevance of scientific literature use in everyday practice.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
1500-word written piece
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critical discussion of implication to prosthetic management
Assessment and appraisal of current literature
Critical discussion of current literature
Demonstration of communication skills to applicable stakeholders
All - Assessment Task 1b:Oral Presentation
The goal of this piece requires you to summarise the work you have done in Task 1A, present this to the class, and discuss your findings in a question/answer format. This task will be useful in establishing the relevance of scientific literature use in everyday practice and presenting those findings to an audience.
Product: Oral
You will present a summary of your written piece in class and answer questions on your presentation
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of communication skills to applicable stakeholders
Critical discussion of the current literature
All - Assessment Task 2:Skills portfolio
The goal of this portfolio is for you to demonstrate your developing competence and theory connection in the key clinical and theoretical skill areas in the provision of transtibial prosthetic intervention.
Product: Portfolio
Completed in Canvas, there will be submissions throughout the semester to build your portfolio
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of competence in the safe communication, physical assessment and prosthetic adjustment with a client model
2 3 4 5
Critical reflection and evaluation of performance tasks
2 4
Demonstration prosthetic management skills and reflection of manufacture of prosthetic sockets
1 4
Demonstration of effective communication skills to applicable stakeholders
Demonstration of increasing independence in the safe manufacture of prosthetic sockets
All - Assessment Task 3:Examination
The goal of this task is for you to demonstrate and apply your theoretical knowledge, terminology and understanding of concepts relating to prosthetic intervention covered during the entire semester.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
An examination which will consist of a variety of multiple choice, T/F, and fill-in-the
blank questions, short answers and long answer questions.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critical discussion of topics relating to prosthetic management, fit and alignment
1 2
Demonstration of effective communication skills to applicable stakeholders

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 may be required to purchase some tools to use. 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. You may also be required to wear Program shirt, Student ID, approved pants, and closed toe shoes during client encounters.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and low to moderate levels of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks may include working in an Australian bush setting, working with people, working outside normal office hours for example. It is 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

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

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

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- 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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