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3891

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBPT(Hons)
CRICOS code064804A
Total credit points required216
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/3891
Contact details

School of Primary Healthcare: telephone +61 3 9904 4466; email physiotherapy@med.monash.edu.au or visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au/physiotherapy

Course coordinator

Professor Jenny Keating

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only. To complete the degree requirements within four years it is necessary for students to overload in years two, three and four (or part-time equivalent). This course must be completed in a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 10 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • The clinical component of this course requires students to travel to a variety of health services and agencies, including a rural placement. Students are required to be flexible, as hours of work and attendance days may vary.

Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop research skills beyond the extensive research component already existing within 3868 Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Students undertaking this honours program will be well placed with regard to applying for scholarships to pursue higher degrees by research, obtaining formal post graduate research opportunities and applying complex research skills in clinical practice.

Course themes

Theme 1: Personal and professional development

This theme focuses on the development of personal attributes and skills that assist the student in the transition from student to physiotherapist. It includes verbal and written communication skills and developing an understanding of the importance of relevant ethical and legal issues and the physiotherapy profession.

Theme 2: Population, society and health

This theme provides the structure to learn about and deal with broader society and population issues and is underpinned by an internationally accepted socio-ecological model of health.

Theme 3: Fundamental knowledge of health science

This theme provides the knowledge and skills required for physiotherapy clinical practice. It includes biomedical and behavioural sciences as well as the theory of physiotherapy practice.

Theme 4: Applied practice

This theme develops clinical competencies for physiotherapy practice. It focuses on the incorporation of the best available research evidence with the clinical reasoning skills of assessment, management, evaluation and health care across the lifespan and across a spectrum of patient environments and circumstances.

Theme 5: Research

This theme provides opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills to locate, interpret and critically evaluate research relevant to physiotherapy practice.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://opvclt.monash.edu.au/curriculum-by-design/aligning-course-outcomes-with-aqf-bologna.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:

  • have a standard of knowledge, skills and technical competency appropriate for an entry level practitioner in physiotherapy
  • be prepared to maintain high standards in their professional life through a commitment to lifelong learning
  • be aware of the latest advances in physiotherapy and related fields, and be positioned to engage in the expanding knowledge base
  • appreciate the value of research and be skilled at accessing, critically appraising and applying the best available evidence to their everyday practice
  • be effective users of relevant technology
  • understand and show respect for the roles of other professionals and be able to work collaboratively within the discipline of physiotherapy and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • have the knowledge and skills to practise in a safe and ethical manner in relation to themselves, their clients and the community
  • be client-centred in their approach, respecting the right of clients and their support networks to participate in decision-making
  • demonstrate awareness that people's health encompasses their activities and participation as well as their body structures and functions, personal and environmental factors
  • supervise, manage and take responsibility, as appropriate, when working in collaboration with other professionals, students, clients and their support networks
  • achieve a breadth of education with a tolerance for ambiguity and differing views
  • be reflective and compassionate, with a concern for issues of equity, equality, humanity and social justice
  • have the ability to learn independently and be innovative in their approach to analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving and evaluation
  • effectively and efficiently communicate with other professionals, clients and the public
  • demonstrate appropriate oral, written and IT skills, including the ability to present coherent argument, negotiate effectively and manage conflict
  • demonstrate awareness of the social, ethical, economic, political and environmental context of illness, health and wellbeing
  • be committed to the health of populations as well as individuals and be proactive in prevention-oriented physiotherapy practice and health promotion
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions of physiotherapy professional activities
  • integrate knowledge of relevant public policy and health and social care systems into their practice
  • work effectively with a diverse range of people and settings
  • sustain collaboration with an academic supervisor
  • develop a focused research question
  • complete a sophisticated and comprehensive search for relevant information
  • construct a systematic review using the principles argued by the Cochrane Collaboration
  • extract relevant data from studies included in a review using systematic methods
  • apply knowledge of appropriate research design in the development of a high quality research proposal
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical research through the development and submission of an ethics application to conduct research
  • determine and apply data analysis methods appropriate for a research question
  • implement a focused research project
  • demonstrate the ability to collect, manage and analyse data collected during the conduct of research
  • demonstrate the ability to accurately document research findings and develop defensible conclusions
  • demonstrate the ability to present research findings and respond in an educated way to enquiries about the research findings
  • utilise feedback appropriately
  • write a scholarly account of a research project in a 10,000-12,000 word thesis
  • demonstrate the ability to adhere to project timelines
  • archive relevant documents arising from the conduct of research
  • write a final report to the approving ethics committee describing project completion

Special requirements

Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation.

Police checks

Students must have a current Police check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Refer to the faculty's police checkspolice checks (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/police-checks.html) webpage.

Working with Children checks

Students must have a current Working with Children check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Refer to the faculty's Working with Children checksWorking with Children checks (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/wwc-check.html) webpage.

Immunisation and infection procedures

The faculty recommends that all students accept responsibility for having up-to-date immunisations before commencing this course. Recommended immunisations include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and hepatitis B. Refer to the faculty's [http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/immunisationhttp://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/immunisation (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/immunisation) immunisation and infection risk]] webpage.

Health requirements

Students will be required to comply with the faculty Immunisation and Infection Risk Policy, and current recommendations and procedures, to enable them to proceed through the course with an acceptably low level of risk.

Prospective and enrolling students will be provided with detailed written information and, as appropriate, counselling about the effects that HIV or hepatitis B infection may have on the ability of health care workers to practice their profession.

First aid

In addition to the units outlined below, students will complete their 'Apply First Aid' certificate as part of their studies.

Fieldwork

Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus rural and metropolitan clinical placements. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit.

Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the clinical component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Clinical expenses

Students are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses during clinical placement. Uniforms and accessories are required for clinical placements and students will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.

Professional recognition

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Structure

This course consists of 17 compulsory units.

Areas of study

Requirements

First year

Semester one

Semester two

Second year

Semester one

Semester two

Full year unit

Third year

Semester one

Semester two

Full year unit

Fourth year

Semester one

  • PTY4171 Physiotherapy 7A: clinical
  • PTY4172 Physiotherapy 7B: clinical

Semester two

Full year unit

Progression to further studies

Students who achieve an honours grade of H2A or above in this course can (if a supervisor agrees) elect to graduate without honours in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and convert to higher degree by research candidature to continue their honours research in a master's by research or PhD.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with a Bachelor of Human Sciences after successfully completing at least 144 points of study.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with Honours)