Physiotherapy 4

Subject PHTY20003 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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
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: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Year 1 and Semester 1 of Year 2 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Marilyn Webster


Ms Marilyn Webster
Subject Overview:

This integrated subject continues on from the first three semesters. The major themes of communication skills, human movement and clinical practice continue. Concepts of health ethics, evidence-based physiotherapy practice, research methodology, clinical reasoning and decision-making will be further explored. Emphasis will be on human movement development across the life span and the development of safe, effective ­practice.

Content areas include peripheral vertebral structure and function in normal and pathological states; introduction to concepts of neurological physiotherapy; theory and practice of assessment and management of soft tissue injuries of the vertebral region; the rational for the use of intervention strategies such as exercise and exercise prescription, electrotherapeutic equipment, soft tissue massage and facilitation of movement, hydrotherapy, and the application of selected splints. Mechanisms of pain and its management will be continued. Students will apply their theory and practice in clinical scenarios.


Students will have the opportunity to:

  • improve their ability to critically evaluate research literature.
  • continue to develop skills in problem solving and apply them to their learning.
  • identify issues related to ethical practice and apply these in small group projects.

Mid-semester test(s) (5%); written assignments of not more than 1500 words (10%); tutor assessment (10%); practical examinations (35%); written examinations up to four hours (40%); and clinical attendance (hurdle requirement).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

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