Elective Studies

Subject 513-415 (2008)

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Credit Points: 6.250
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three four-week elective placements (28 hours per week)
Total Time Commitment: Students will need to allow time for self-directed learning. The following hours are given as minimum requirements: 1 hour pre/post reading for lectures, 2 hours per hour of tutorial sessions and 2 hours extra per week for practical classes. Fourth year students will need to spend approximately 2 hours per day in study and at least 2 extra hours per week practising clinical skills.
Prerequisites: This subject is not available as a single subject. Students must be currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to undertake this subject.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof G Webb
Subject Overview:

There are three periods of elective study in the physiotherapy program: Global, Clinical and Professional Development electives. The key objectives of these units are to provide students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their experience of physiotherapy practice in a number of the following ways: the rationale of selected physiotherapy approaches to management; the application of physiotherapy management principles to health education and patient treatment; the role of other health professionals and members of the community in the outcome of physiotherapy management; the role of family, community members and Government instrumentalities in health education and patient care; to enable the student to appreciate the diversity and depth of physiotherapy as a profession; the social, cultural and political context of health care practice in the area; implications of resource differences and the need for planning; the use of initiative and improvisation in providing physiotherapy care; the need for consultation and planning. Placements for these electives are in a variety of settings including hospitals, community and educational organisations, sporting bodies and private practices.

Assessment: Clinical examination (60%), and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (40%).Students are required to reach a satisfactory pass in each of their elective placements based on the report by the supervisor and the presentation by the student.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Improved their communication skills and awareness of social and cultural factors that may affect their professional career
  • Developed advanced problem solving skills and self directed learning.
  • Further developed the ability to work with other health professionals
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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