Elective Studies

Subject 513-415 (2009)

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Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Year Long, - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three four-week elective placements (28 hours per week)
Total Time Commitment:
  • Clinical or Professional Development placement is 4 weeks in duration.
  • The Global placement is 3 weeks (x 5 days).
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


Prof Meg Morris
Subject Overview:

Students will choose two of the following electives: Global, Clinical or Professional Development. This will enable the students to appreciate the diversity and depth of physiotherapy as a profession; and the social, cultural and political context of health care practice. Placements for these elctives are in a variety of settings including hospitals, community and educational organisations, sporting bodies and private practices, in Australia or overseas.

Objectives: The key objective is to provide students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their experience of physiotherapy practice including the rationale for physiotherapy approaches; the application of physiotherapy to health education and treatment; the role of other health professionals and members of the community; the role of family, community members and Government in health education and petient care.

One written assignment of 2,000 words, due six weeks after completion of placement (50%) and a 1 hour clinical exam scheduled during the exam period at the end of the year (50%).

Students are required to pass both elective placements (hurdle requirement).

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

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