Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Prue Morgan


PTY2042 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 investigates the evolution of health promotion, its inherent values and assumptions.

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:

  • review and reflect ongoing learning in the development of professional attitudes and skills;
  • recognise the need to modify clinical reasoning to account for personal and professional constraints;
  • recognise the life-time burden imposed on people with permanent disability;
  • demonstrate professional behaviour, respect and compassion when dealing with people with neurological conditions;
  • demonstrate knowledge, respect and support for the roles of other health care professionals involved in health and social care;
  • demonstrate effective communication with clients their care givers and others in the health and social care team;
  • recognise the boundaries of professional competence and refer or consult with other members of the health care team;
Theme 2:
  • discuss and critically reflect on a range of health promotion theories of change;
  • define, compare and contrast medical, behavioural and socio-environmental approaches to health promotion;
  • explain the strengths and limitations of each approach and the strategies used within them;
  • propose strategies for integrating health promotion into physiotherapy practice;
  • identify the key developmental stages in a health promotion program;
  • apply a program planning model to a selected issues and document each stage of the plan;
  • locate key policies and sources of funding for health promotion;
  • identify the steps involved in writing a basic project proposal and funding application;
  • identify and utilise health services and other resources of benefit to people with neurological disorders;
  • promote lifestyle practices that minimise the risk of neurological conditions across the wider community;
Theme 3:
  • describe the structure and function of the head, neck and spinal cord;
  • describe the physiological processes of the brain, cranial nerves and spinal cord; + describe the process of motor skill acquisition and be able to identify how it is affected in neurological conditions;
  • describe the structure and mechanism for sensory motor control;
  • describe the pathology of common neurological conditions and the impact on function;
  • describe how physical rehabilitation strategies enhance sensory-motor skill acquisition;
  • state the pharmacological management of common neurological conditions, the interaction between the effects of medication and the goals of physiotherapy;
  • select and locate equipment sources for independent and safe living;
  • describe the physiological hypotheses of chronic pain and the principles of management;
  • describe the use of electrophysical agents in the management of neuromuscular conditions;
  • prepare holistic multidisciplinary care plans for clients with neurological conditions;
Theme 4:
  • perform assessment of neurological disorders;
  • apply safe manual handling skills to management of neurological conditions;
  • plan appropriate treatment strategies for management of neurological conditions;
  • use information technology to access current information about best health care practices;
  • select and apply appropriate treatment strategies for management of neurological conditions with consideration of pharmacological management and clinical findings;
  • appropriately prescribe and instruct in the use of equipment for the disabled client;
  • appropriately document assessment, treatment and outcome measures in the management of neurological conditions;
  • effectively and safely use electrophysical agents for neurological conditions;
Theme 5:
  • demonstrate meta-analysis;
  • interpret correlation, reliability and measures of association;
  • recognise valid outcome measures;
  • articulate the differences between validity and reliability;
  • apply a range of parametric and non-parametric tests;
  • create a 2 x 2 contingency table for summarising outcomes of diagnostic tests;
  • calculate and interpret sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratios;
  • find and interpret clinical practice guidelines;
  • utilise the AGREE instrument to assess clinical practice guidelines.


Assessment in PTY2042 will be both formative and summative. Formative assessment tasks include on-line learning tasks. Hurdle requirements include attendance at 80% of tutorials and practical sessions and submission of a Year 2 Portfolio evidence that application has been made for a police check (and working with children check if required). Hurdle requirement - 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.

Health Promotion written assignment - in pairs - 15%, hurdle
Anatomy assessment - 2.5%, hurdle
Anatomy flag race - 2.5%, hurdle
Physiology assessment - 2.5%, hurdle
Physiology assessment - 2.5%, hurdle
Written examination - 30%, hurdle
OSCE 30%, hurdle
Research assignment - systematic review - 10%, hurdle
Research activities folder - 5% - hurdle

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Prue Morgan

Contact hours

6.5 hours of lectures, 4.5 hours of tutorials and 4 hours of patient 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.


PTY1011 and PTY1022 and PTY2031


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

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