Professional Development Elective

Subject PHTY90029 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

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

On-campus meetings with subject coordinator and/or supervisor, off-campus placement

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours physiotherapy related placement
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 60 hours of self-directed learning is recommended for this subject.





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Assoc Prof Clare Delany


Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 4171
F: +61 3 8344 4188

Subject Overview:

This subject is directed towards building specialized knowledge and skills that will complement existing and developing expertise. It provides students with the opportunity to experience the research process by conducting a research project. Students choose a topic in an area that will complement their field of work and carry out a project which includes research proposal and design, analysis of data and writing a research report in journal format. The project applies the knowledge and skills acquired in PHTY 90075 Academic Writing Skills and Critical Enquiry as students investigate a practical clinical problem.
Each student will devise their elective project in conjunction with the subject coordinator prior to the beginning of semester.


This subject aims to provide:
• Enhanced knowledge and a broader perspective of physiotherapy practice,
• The opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in PHTY 90075 Academic Writing and Critical Enquiry,
• The opportunity to investigate a facet of physiotherapy practice.


• Research proposal of 800-1000 words (20%) due in week 4 of semester 2
• Research project report of 5,000 words due end of semester 2 (80%) in journal format

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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 have developed the following generic skills:

  • Abilities in goal setting, self-evaluation, and reflective practice
  • Enhanced their leadership skills
  • An increased willingness to explore new ideas and value the creation of new knowledge and transfer this knowledge into their clinical practice
  • A capacity for self-directed learning and the motivation for life-long independent learning
  • Enhanced knowledge and a broader perspective of physiotherapy practice
  • An appreciation of the role of multi-disciplinary professionals in patient care
  • Ability to reflect on physiotherapy practice and its position in the wider community
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Students are required to consult with the subject coordinator to develop their timetable for this subject

Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy

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