Course Outline

SGY700 Foundations of Anterior Hip Arthroplasty

Course Coordinator:Nicole Masters ( School:School of Health - Anatomy

2024Session 2


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course provides a comprehensive overview of the theoretical, technical and clinical knowledge considered necessary for surgeons learning the direct anterior approach to total hip arthroplasty (DAA|THA).

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online – 12 modules of structured asynchronous online learning activities. 4hrs Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

The course will comprise of 12 online asynchronous modules.  Each module will be complemented with case- and scenario- based learning activities, so that the student can self-evaluate their progress and revise the content in preparation for assessment tasks 1 and 2.

  • Functional anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the pelvis and hip
  • History and latest advances in total hip arthroplasty
  • Prosthesis design, selection and implantation
  • Imaging and pre-operative planning
  • Anaesthetic techniques, peri-operative protocols, and pain management 
  • Orthopaedic assessment and patient selection, positioning and surgical approach
  • Direct anterior approach to total hip arthroplasty procedure and perioperative care
  • Traditional anterior minimally invasive surgery and off-table modifications
  • Avoiding and managing complication
  • Postoperative recovery, physiotherapy and rehabilitation 
  • Revision surgery and bikini incision technique
  • Complex primary total hip arthroplasty

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

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 Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Explain the hip and pelvis in anatomical, physiological and pathological terms. Knowledgeable
2 Demonstrate a comprehensive technical knowledge of hip prostheses, materials and tribology. Empowered
3 Apply appropriate clinical and radiological evaluation techniques to identify candidates for DAATHA. Creative and critical thinker
4 Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the technical aspects required to perform direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty. Empowered
5 Demonstrate a safe approach to complication management. Creative and critical thinker
6 Develop appropriate perioperative protocols to improve patient experience and outcomes. Ethical

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 SC526


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

Early formative feedback checkpoints are embedded throughout each of the course modules.  These concept checks are constructively aligned to scaffold and prepare students for summative assessment tasks in this course.

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 50%
30 minutes per quiz, to be completed after each module.
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 50%
Maximum 2000 word submission.
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Case-based concept evaluation
To demonstrate and apply your knowledge, and comprehension of all aspects relating to the direct anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty, through a range of technical, clinical and surgical scenarios.
Product: Quiz/zes
Multiple choice and short answer questions. Two attempts per quiz.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
To demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and comprehension of all aspects relating to the direct anterior approach to total hip arthroplasty.
1 2 3 6
Evaluate and apply ethical and professional best practice outcomes for patient-centred care.
All - Assessment Task 2:Artefact Case evaluations
To demonstrate and apply your understanding of the latest advances in anterior hip arthroplasty and revision surgeries to enact best surgical practice, post-operative rehabilitation for improved patient health outcomes.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
Select 5 clinical vignettes (comprising of clinical history, pertinent examination findings and radiological findings), to conduct an orthopaedic preoperative assessment to determine patient suitability for DAATHA. Also outline the pre-operative assessment, perioperative surgical milestones and subsequent postoperative care plan.  To be submitted by Friday week 8 of the session enrolled.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critically analyse and evaluate preoperative patient data to determine an appropriate implant, position and surgical approach.
2 3
Describe the surgical milestones and considerations to practice as it relates to each case.
2 3
Clearly articulate an appropriate rehabilitation plan that is outcomes-focused and demonstrates patient-centred.
5 6

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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. 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

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised at the following maximum rate (the rates are cumulative):

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 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 and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.


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