Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Physiotherapy
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jo-Anne Corbett and Ms Jodie Dakic


PTY1011 is an integrated unit based on the five themes of the physiotherapy curriculum.

  • Theme 1: Personal and professional development focuses on development of personal and professional attributes that assist transition from student to physiotherapist.
  • Theme 2: Population, Society and Health addresses broader society and population health issues.
  • Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge of Health Sciences 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, interpret and evaluate research as a foundation for evidence based practice.


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

Theme 1:

  1. identify issues that affect transition from school to university and develop strategies for maintaining mental and physical health;
  2. demonstrate a range of effective tertiary level study skills (e.g. effective use of library and information technology and use of writing style guide);
  3. list the attributes that define a profession and societies expectations of a professional;
  4. identify the professionals who make up the health care team and describe their roles and responsibilities;
  5. work collaboratively in interdisciplinary learning groups and recognise the factors which determine effective teamwork;
  6. identify the key ethical and legal principles and theories that underpin health care policy and practice;
  7. demonstrate recommended work practices with respect to manual handling and standard precautions;
  8. develop basic skills professional communication including report and record writing;

Theme 2:

  1. reflect on own values and assumptions regarding health and wellbeing;
  2. discuss health, wellbeing and disability in terms of the diversity of definitions and concepts;
  3. define, compare and contrast biological and ecological models of health;
  4. explain the World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework and its applications to health and social care practice;
  5. identify the socio-cultural, economic and physical determinants of health;
  6. identify inequalities in health and utilisation of service and the underlying reasons;
  7. critically reflect on contemporary debates regarding responsibility for health and the role for governments and private enterprise;
  8. reflect on the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of various perspectives on health and examine their implications for health and social care practice;
  9. describe the current legislative environmental and implications for Occupational Health and Safety in the clinical environment;

Theme 3:

  1. describe the development and structure of the lower limb;
  2. describe the biomechanics and kinesiology of the lower limb;
  3. describe the physiology of the musculoskeletal system, the effects of damage to structures and mechanisms of repair;
  4. describe the pathophysiology of inflammation;
  5. describe the principles of pharmacological management of pain and inflammation;
  6. detail the theory supporting the use of electrophysical agents: external cooling and superficial heating for conditions of the lower limb;

Theme 4:

  1. use the principles of record keeping to record the outcome of the patient history;
  2. take a patient history and perform a physical examination of the lower limb;
  3. apply physiotherapy techniques to the lower limb in a safe and effective manner;
  4. assess the effectiveness of a physiotherapy technique and modify progress according to re-assessment findings;
  5. apply the principles of manual handling and risk minimisation to oneself and to the simulated client;
  6. apply the principles of biomechanics to the management of lower limb;
  7. demonstrate ethical principles, respect and understanding of patient needs in communication with patients, care givers and the multidisciplinary team appropriate to a simulated situation;

Theme 5:

  1. distinguish between beliefs about effective health care and evidence of intervention effectiveness;
  2. recognise uncertainty in health care and the role of research in resolving uncertainty and evaluating health care practices;
  3. frame answerable clinical questions;
  4. recognise sources of bias that confound interpretation of study outcomes;
  5. state the strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological study designs;
  6. appreciate the role of outcomes measures in the assessment and monitoring of health status; and
  7. define and compare qualitative and quantitative research.


Assessment in PTY1011 will be both formative and summative.

Formative assessment task:
Online learning tasks

Summative assessment tasks:
Written assignments (30%)
Practical assignments (35%)
End of semester examination (35%)
All assessment tasks must be completed to a pass grade standard to complete this unit.

Attendance at 80% of tutorials and practical sessions and submission of a reflective portfolio.
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.
Evidence that application has been made for a police check (and working with children check if required).

Workload requirements

Workload is 6.5 hours of lectures, 4.5 hours of tutorials and 3 hours of client centred learning (small group teaching), 2 hours of seminars, 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)

Ms Jo-Anne Corbett and Ms Jodie Dakic

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


Must be enrolled in course M3002.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: