Elective Studies

Subject PHTY40010 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Year Long, 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: Clinical or Professional Development Elective Placement is 4 weeks in duration - 28 hours per week. The Global Elective Placement is 3 weeks in duration - 35 hours per week.
Total Time Commitment:

  • Clinical or Professional Development placement is 4 weeks in duration. 28hrs per week.
  • The Global placement is 3 weeks (x 5 days). 35hrs per week.
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:

Years 1, 2 and 3 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Mr Robert Lopresti


Mr Rob LoPresti

Email: robertgl@unimelb.edu.au

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.
  • Clinical Exam - held at the end of the year (60%).
  • One Written Assignment (1500 to 2000 words) - completed at the end of placement (40%).
  • Hurdle Requirement - achieve a satisfactory mark for each of the 2 elective placements.

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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