Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Physiotherapy


Ms Jo-Anne Corbett, Ms Jodie Dakic



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Students must submit valid preclinical documentation, as listed in the course handbook, to Administration staff by the deadline specified and communicated to students. Failure to submit these mandatory documents may result in students being unable to complete the course.


PTY1022 is an integrated unit based on the 5 themes of the physiotherapy curriculum.

  • Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development focuses on development of personal and professional attributes which assist transition from student to physiotherapist.
  • Theme 2: Population, Society and Health relates primarily to healthcare service delivery in the rural sector and behaviour change.
  • Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science provides the knowledge which underpins physiotherapy practice.
  • Theme 4: Applied practice develops clinical competencies integral to physiotherapy practice.
  • Theme 5: Research focuses on the ability to locate and evaluate research as a foundation for evidence based practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

Theme 1:

  1. Apply legal and ethical concepts to healthcare practice, clinical research and personal learning experiences;
  2. Demonstrate effective professional communication with clients and health care professionals in a simulated environment;
  3. Implement strategies to identify and manage risk for self and others, particularly in regards to issues that may influence fitness to practice

Theme 2: Population, Society and Health

  1. Recognise the role of health promotion strategies that address musculoskeletal conditions;
  2. Review and critique community and personal determinants of health, and develop, implement and evaluate a program of health enhancement;
  3. Evaluate the social, economic and environmental determinants of health relative to the local community through participation in an interprofessional volunteer activity.

Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge of Health Sciences

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and kinesiology of the spine and upper limb;
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of common conditions affecting the spine and upper limb;
  3. Describe the pathophysiology of the peripheral nervous system;
  4. Explain mechanisms underlying neurological symptoms, including the perception of pain;

Theme 4: Applied Practice

  1. Apply an appropriate physiotherapy assessment of conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine and the upper limb;
  2. Apply appropriate physiotherapy management to conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine and the upper limb;
  3. Plan and implement a group exercise class for a healthy population;
  4. Maintain a safe and effective workplace, and minimise risk to both therapist and client;
  5. Apply electrophysical agents in a safe and effective manner;
  6. Demonstrate reflection and self-evaluation in order to support development of communication and professional practice;

Theme 5: Research

  1. Interpret the characteristics of data in order to perform appropriate statistical analysis and hypothesis testing - including the normal distribution, calculation of error around point estimates, the t and z statistic, and theeffect size index;
  2. Apply the appropriate use of statistical notation and interpret basic statistical terms;
  3. Execute basic statistical operations using software such as excel and GraphPad.


Assessment in PTY1022 will be both formative and summative.

Formative assessment tasks include:
Online learning tasks.

Hurdle requirements include:
Attendance at 80% of tutorials and practical sessions
Attendance and participation in the Inter-professional Education Volunteer experience
Completion of 'Apply First Aid' Certification
Professional conduct: Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit.

Summative assessment tasks:
Written assignments (32.5%)
Practical assessment tasks (37.5%)
End of semester written examination (3 hours) (30%)

All assessment tasks must be completed to a pass grade standard to complete this unit.

Workload requirements

Workload is 7.5 hours of lectures, 6.5 hours of tutorials and 4 hours of client centred learning (small group teaching), 2 hours of supported learning and 4 hours of physiotherapy practical sessions.Students will also be expected to undertake private study and preparation in addition to assigned self-directed study related to the material in the unit manual and further required reading.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in course M3002.

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