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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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Physiotherapy
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kristin Lo


PTY4282 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. During this 6 week unit, students undertake a clinical attachment of 2 weeks duration in the area of 'Lifespan / Community'.This provides the opportunity to apply and expand integrated knowledge and skills from previous learning in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to patient care across the Lifespan / Community in a diverse range of health care related settings. Students are expected to spend 34 hours per week during clinical education in health service or placement facilities with additional self-directed study hours. An additional four weeks off-campus study is allocated for completion of assignments and self-directed education tasks.


There are 35 specific objectives for the Year 4 clinical units which address the five themes outlined in the unit synopsis.


Clinical placement: 34 hours per week.


Summative assessment:
Case study (20%)
Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice assessment tool (APP) / learning contract (80%)

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. Students must submit valid police check, WWC check, first aid certificate and annual CPR update documents to be signed off by administrative staff by the Wednesday prior to the first scheduled clinical placement in order to participate in clinical placements.
Paediatric preclinical online tutorial task.
Achieve a pass grade in all summative tasks, participation in clinical placement, and written assignments.
To reflect everyday workplace practices, and in recognition of the importance of optimizing education in limited clinical placement hours, students are required to achieve 100% clinical attendance. Exceptions will be considered in cases of explained absence through illness, compassionate leave or a pre-arranged agreement with the University and health service facility.

Workload requirements

PTY4282 comprises six off-campus weeks in clinical placement facilities for education and self directed study tasks. Students are expected to spend 34 hours per week during the two weeks of 'Lifespan / Community' clinical education with additional self-directed study to complete learning and reflection related to their experiences in delivery of physiotherapy services. An additional four weeks off-campus study is allocated in this unit for completion of additional self-directed summative tasks.

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Must be enrolled in course M3003.

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