Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Stephen Maloney


PTY3462 continues to develop the five themes upon which the four year curriculum is based. These are Theme 1 Personal and Professional Development; Theme 2 Population, Society and Health; Theme 3 Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science; Theme 4 Applied Practice; and Theme 5 Research. Problem based learning (PBL) and written activities provide the opportunities for integration of the different themes within the course. Students undertake a range of written assessment tasks during this unit as well as attending one post clinical campus-based week, providing them the opportunity to apply integrated knowledge and skills from previous learning in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to patient care issues in a range of settings.


On completion of this unit it is expected students will be able to:

THEME 1: Personal & Professional Development:

  • communicate effectively and appropriately with clients, caregivers, supervisors and professional colleagues;
  • document physiotherapy interventions accurately and succinctly;
  • identify student rights and responsibilities, clinician rights and responsibilities and rights and responsibilities of people who seek health care;
  • review supervision issues and personal learning strategies for effective participation in the clinical affiliation;
  • demonstrate commitment to learning;
  • list organizational factors that impact on clinical practice;
  • demonstrate teamwork;
  • demonstrate practice that is ethical and in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
  • identify adverse events and near misses and minimises risk associated with assessment and interventions;
  • discuss quality assurance practices to maintain high standards of health service delivery;
  • develop a discharge plan appropriate to client needs and workplace resources;

THEME 2: Population, Society & Health:
  • identify the need for prevention and education programs appropriate to a clinical attachment;
  • where relevant, assist in the development of appropriate physiotherapy strategies to promote health within the community;
  • plan, implement and evaluate an individualised education program;
  • list the principles involved in the development of health promotion material appropriate to a specific client population;

THEME 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science

THEME 4: Applied Practice:
  • conduct appropriate patient interviews (subjective assessment);
  • select appropriate methods for measurement of relevant health indicators;
  • perform appropriate assessment procedures (objective assessment);
  • interpret assessment findings according to accepted clinical guidelines;
  • collaborate with patient/carer to select appropriate intervention;
  • progress intervention appropriately;
  • perform treatments appropriately;
  • monitor the effect of intervention;
  • undertake discharge planning;
  • describe strategies for educating individuals and groups;

THEME 5: Research:
  • submit the appraisal of the guideline based on the recommendations of AGREE statement


Formative and hurdle assessments:
Professional conduct: Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff in order to pass the unit, and attend the clinical-debriefing session post-clinical placements.

Summative assessments: Written appraisal of a clinical practice guideline 1500 words (25%); oral presentation of a clinical practice guideline (25%); online submission of power point presentation (25%); reflective assignment part A (Portfolio - formative) and part B (critical reflection - 25% summative).

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Stephen Maloney

Contact hours

The campus based learning week will consist of approximately 5-8 hours of lectures; 4 hours of CBL or other tutorials; and 4-6 hours of physiotherapy practical sessions, master classes and tutorials. For every formal teaching contact hour, students are expected to complete a minimum 2.5 additional hours self directed learning related to content, tasks and further reading as described in the PTY3462 Unit Guide. The remainder of the unit content (written assessment tasks) will be completed in self directed learning time concurrent with clinical placements occurring in year 3.


PTY1011, PTY1022, PTY2031, PTY2042, PTY3051


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

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