Physiotherapy 2

Subject 513-120 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - 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: 42 hours lectures, 35 hours problem-based learning, 56 hours practical classes, 14 hours clinical practice
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.
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: 513-121 Musculoskeletal System

Recommended Background Knowledge: Physiotherapy 1 and Principles of Biomedical Science
Non Allowed Subjects: NONE
Core Participation Requirements: -


Dr Andy Wenyen Chien


Subject Overview:

This integrated subject is a continuation of Physiotherapy 1. The objectives for Semester 2 are to further develop the study of the theory and practice of physiotherapy within the three themes: communication skills, human movement and clinical practice. Concepts of normality and abnormality in relation to the human mind, the role of motivation and adherence in physiotherapy practice and further issues of health ethics and evidence-based physiotherapy practice will also be examined.

Content areas include regional structure and function in normal and pathological states and scientific bases of soft tissue injuries and biomechanics of these tissues. Theory and practice of assessment and management of musculoskeletal injury will be covered including manual assessment, treatment including exercise prescription and movement analyis of normal and injured individuals. Teaching and motivating patients, physical and psychological interactions in illness and injury development and the structure of physiotherapy practice will be included. The clinical practice component will address the application of the above principles in a clinical environment across the life span.

  • Importance of applied anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology as key factors in physiotherapy assessment and management.
  • Introduction of basic diagnostic and treatment skills.
  • Written assignment up to 1500 words, which may include essays, projects or critical appraisal of literature (10%)
  • End of semester, examination consisting of 1 written paper of 3 hours duration (40%)
  • Practical examinations which may include video making, presentations and clinical skills of 30 minutes in duration (35%)
  • Tutors assessment, clinical attendance (hurdle requirement) (10%)
  • Tutors marks for practical classes (hurdle requirement) (5%)
Prescribed Texts: NONE
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students will have the opportunity to

  • develop skills in team work
  • develop the capacity to seek out and evaluate information
  • improve their written and oral communication skills

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