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PODY2035 Chronic Conditions

Module Overview

The chronic conditions module provides students with a comprehensive overview of the patho- physiological framework underpinning key chronic conditions. The module builds on the knowledge and skills acquired at level 4, particularly in relation to anatomy and physiology. Students will develop skills in pathological recognition at cellular, tissue and organ level in relation to clinical signs and symptoms of specific chronic conditions. The module content aligns with the pharmacology module at level 5 allowing knowledge and skills to be integrated and providing a coherent and contemporary approach to whole system disease characteristics.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Identify altered aspects of microbiology and immunology in conditions affecting the lower limb
  • Relate systemic disease presentation to the local manifestations occurring in the lower limb
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop, refresh and maintain clinical skills in accordance with best practice, reflecting a multi-disciplinary & patient centred approach
  • Utilise clinical examples in the explanation and application of information
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Construct effective communication drawn from an appreciation of evidence based practice
  • Access, synthesise and interpret information from a range of robust, rigorous & valid sources to inform clinical practice and to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes
  • Apply the skills and reflective practices needed for academic study and enquiry
  • Utilise problem solving skills based upon a triage strategy for time and risk management


Students will study: • Pathophysiology related to vascular, neurological, dermatological and musculoskeletal systems manifesting within the lower limb and foot • Principles of pathology and immunology • Infection and disease: sources and transmission • Characteristics and examples of relevant infectious agents: viruses, bacteria and fungi • The action and uses of drugs of relevance to podiatry such as: • antimicrobials, antifungal agents, drugs used for disorders of the CVS, CNS, respiratory system, and endocrine system, drugs used for the treatment of musculoskeletal and joint disease and nutritional and blood disorders • Clinically grounded critical appraisal skills to allow the demonstration of an understanding, application and extrapolation of valid and rigorous information collection techniques.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The learning opportunities within this module are set to align with those of the Local Anaesthesia/Administration & Supply and Foot & Ankle MSK modules, thus facilitating maximum consistency throughout the programme. Consequently, there will be opportunity to discuss key facts and real podiatric case studies relative to the outlined content, thereby fostering a deep learning approach appropriate to level 5. The learning and teaching opportunities within this module will be a case based led one, with relevant hypothetical cases previously prepared by the module staff team and presented for in depth analysis and discussion. In addition, students may also be asked to prepare relevant cases from their own clinical caseloads for discussion during these main lecture sessions. The structure will allow the authentic case to form the central resource enhanced with a blend of keynote research based lectures, workshops, small group work and formative peer assessment. Students will be encouraged to use recommended independent learning material, both printed and electronic. Use is made of a range of e-communication learning resources, i.e. pod casts and discussion forums. Weekly seminars will serve to discuss the feedback presented by students from the reading and researching around the case based tasks. All students will receive access to assessment criteria from the commencement of the module to assist in the alignment of the learning experiences, learning outcomes and assessment process.

Independent Study285
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Kumar P, Clark M (2016). Clinical Medicine. 

Lakhani S.R, Dilly S.A, Finlayson C.J, Dogan A (2016). Basic Pathology: an introduction to the mechanism of disease . 

Mandy, A., Lucus K., McInnes, J  (2009). A Psychosocial Approach. 

Edmonds, M., Foster A.V.M. (2013). Managing the Diabetic Foot . 

Engelkirk P.G and Duben-Engelkirk, J (2014). Burton’s Microbiology for health sciences . 

Tomson, C., Gibson, J.n (2009). 50 Foot Challenges: Assessment and Management. . 


Assessment Strategy

Poster and leaflet production and presentation online. Pathophysiology: this summative assessment requires the design, production and presentation of both an information leaflet and poster which focuses upon a self-selected chronic condition pathology relevant to Podiatry. The information leaflet should consist of a maximum of two sides of A4. It is proposed that the degree of choice will foster ownership; create further alignment to clinical and theoretical modules, thereby facilitating deep learning. This is particularly pertinent with the clinical placement module where information gained from this assignment will cross pollinate with the clinical development record (CDR). It is proposed that this mode of assessment would enable the individual to demonstrate a range of cognitive domains spanning the learning outcomes for knowledge base, attitudes, professional and transferable skills.


Proposal and plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Academic poster  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Academic poster  (15 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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