M3002 - Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) - 2017

Honours - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Associate Professor Prue Morgan

Contact details

Tel: Monash Connect +61 3 9902 6011; or submit an enquiry to ask.monashask.monash (http://ask.monash.edu)

Admission and fees


Course progression map

M3002 (pdf)

Course type


Standard duration

4 years FT

Full-time study only.

Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Peninsula)

The clinical component of this course requires students to travel to a variety of health services and agencies, including a rural placement. Students are required to be flexible, as hours of work and attendance days may vary.


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Human Sciences

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


Physiotherapists are health care professionals who use exercise, movement analysis, manual therapy and specialist techniques to restore, improve and promote health. This course will develop the knowledge and skills you need to practice as a physiotherapist, preparing you for a range of career opportunities working independently or as part of a team of healthcare professionals.

The focus of the early part of the course is on the conditions for which people typically seek physiotherapy. You will study the biomedical and behavioural sciences (anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology, radiology, sociology) and lay the foundations for physiotherapy practice and research, using a problem-based and patient-centred approach to learning.

In the later years you move to the clinical setting, developing core knowledge and skills and practice in the delivery of physiotherapy services under the supervision of experienced physiotherapists. This clinical education will occur in a diversity of settings, including metropolitan and rural health services, with challenges increasing in years three and four.

Your skills will be developed through small group learning with some time each semester spent working with students enrolled in other health science courses (i.e. occupational therapy, nursing, paramedic, medical imaging, nutrition and dietetics, social work), enabling you to experience interdisciplinary service delivery and inter-professional education.

You will learn from highly trained and experienced physiotherapists who are skilled in education and research and gain exposure to areas in which you could later specialise, such as:

  • cardiorespiratory care - to help people with heart or lung problems
  • gerontology - to keep older people at their physical best
  • neurology - to provide rehabilitation to people following strokes, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
  • musculoskeletal care - often delivered in sports or spinal physiotherapy, arthritis management and rehabilitation after reconstructive or joint replacement surgery.

After successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, which enables graduates to practice in all states and territories. Physiotherapists are in demand across all fields of modern health care. Physiotherapists work in public and private hospitals, health centres, sports medicine clinics, maternity hospitals, rehabilitation centres, aged-care facilities and in private practices, as well as in health promotion, education, management and research. This course offers the potential of a lifetime of challenges, opportunities and rewards.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will:

  1. have a standard of knowledge, skills and technical competency appropriate for an entry level practitioner in physiotherapy
  2. be prepared to maintain high standards in your professional life through a commitment to lifelong learning
  3. be aware of the latest advances in physiotherapy and related fields, and be positioned to engage in the expanding knowledge base
  4. appreciate the value of research and be skilled at accessing, critically appraising and applying the best available evidence to your everyday practice
  5. be an effective user of relevant technology
  6. understand and show respect for the roles of other professionals and be able to work collaboratively within the discipline of physiotherapy and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  7. have the knowledge and skills to practise in a safe and ethical manner in relation to yourself, your clients and the community
  8. be client-centred in your approach, respecting the right of clients and their support networks to participate in decision-making
  9. demonstrate awareness that people's health encompasses their activities and participation as well as their body structures and functions, personal and environmental factors
  10. be able to supervise, manage and take responsibility, as appropriate, when working in collaboration with other professionals, students, clients and their support networks
  11. achieve a breadth of education with a tolerance for ambiguity and differing views
  12. be reflective and compassionate, with a concern for issues of equity, equality, humanity and social justice
  13. have the ability to learn independently and be innovative in your approach to analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving and evaluation
  14. be able to effectively and efficiently communicate with other professionals, clients and the public
  15. possess appropriate oral, written and IT skills, including the ability to present coherent argument, negotiate effectively and manage conflict
  16. demonstrate awareness of the social, ethical, economic, political and environmental context of illness, health and wellbeing
  17. be committed to the health of populations as well as individuals and be proactive in prevention-oriented physiotherapy practice and health promotion
  18. understand the social and ethical dimensions of physiotherapy professional activities
  19. integrate knowledge of relevant public policy and health and social care systems into your practice
  20. be able to work effectively with a diverse range of people and settings
  21. demonstrate research literacy, critical appraisal skills, and the ability to conduct quality research projects.


The advanced version of this course; M3003 Bachelor of Physiotherapy Advanced - Research (Honours), provides a research pathway for students wishing to take master's by research or PhD courses in the future. If you complete the first year of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) with consistently high performance (top 10 per cent) in PTY1011 (Physiotherapy 1) and PTY1022 (Physiotherapy 2) and in sub-unit assessment of research-related activities you will be eligible for admission to year two of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Advanced - Research (Honours).

Note: The last intake for M3003 Bachelor of Physiotherapy Advanced - Research (Honours) will be in 2017. For students currently studying or commencing M3002 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2017, the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Advanced - Research (Honours) will not be available to enter at the end of their year one studies.

Special requirements

Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation.

Police checks

Students must have a current Police check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Refer to the faculty's police checkspolice checks (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/police-checks.html) webpage.

Working with Children checks

Students must have a current Working with Children check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Refer to the faculty's Working with Children checksWorking with Children checks (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/wwc-check.html) webpage.

Immunisation and infection requirements

In accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations, this course requires that students comply with the faculty's Immunisation and vaccination policy and proceduresImmunisation and vaccination policy and procedures (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/immunisation/). These are designed to provide maximum protection against the increased risk of some vaccine preventable diseases for students, patients and workers in a health care setting.

This policy, and the associated procedures require that students have certain specified vaccinations, and have their blood borne virus status determined, before they commence a clinical placement. Students who have not complied with this policy may not be able to undertake clinical placement, with the attendant academic consequences.

Prospective students are provided detailed information on the effect of blood borne virus infection on the scope of practice of health care workers. Students who test positive to a blood borne virus (including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C) will be required to consult a specialist medical practitioner approved by the faculty to provide advice on any necessary restrictions on work practices to protect patients and others from infection.

First aid

Students will complete an 'Apply First Aid' certificate as part of their studies.


Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus rural and metropolitan clinical placements. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit.

Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the clinical component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of department.

Clinical expenses

You are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses during clinical placement. Uniforms and accessories are required for clinical placements and you will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.


The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to study of physiotherapy, with five themes that combine to underpin physiotherapy practice: personal and professional development; population, society and health; fundamental knowledge for health sciences; applied practice; and research. These themes are interwoven in units throughout the course.

Part A. Personal and professional development

Through these studies you will develop the personal attributes and skills to make the transition from student to physiotherapist. These include verbal and written communication skills, relevant ethical and legal issues, and understanding the physiotherapy profession.

Part B. Population society and health

These studies address the broader society and population context and issues that impact upon physiotherapy practice, underpinned by an internationally accepted socio-ecological model of health.

Part C. Fundamental knowledge for the health sciences

This theme provides the knowledge and skills required for physiotherapy clinical practice. It includes biomedical and behavioural sciences as well as the theory of physiotherapy practice.

Part D. Applied practice

This theme addresses clinical competencies for physiotherapy practice. It focuses on the incorporation of the best available research evidence with the clinical reasoning skills of assessment, management, evaluation and health care across the lifespan and across a spectrum of patient environments and circumstances.

Part E. Research

Studies under this theme develop the knowledge and skills to locate, interpret and critically evaluate research relevant to physiotherapy practice.


This course comprises 192 points of prescribed physiotherapy study.

The course develops through five themes that combine to underpin physiotherapy practice: Part A. Personal and professional development, Part B. Population society and health, Part C. Fundamental knowledge for the health sciences, Part D. Applied practice, Part E. Research. These themes are interwoven in the units throughout the course.

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-m3002.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Students complete:

  • PTY1011 Physiotherapy 1 (24 points)
  • PTY1022 Physiotherapy 2 (24 points)
  • PTY2031 Physiotherapy 3 (24 points)
  • PTY2042 Physiotherapy 4 (24 points)
  • PTY3051 Physiotherapy 5 (24 points)
  • PTY3162 Physiotherapy 6A: clinical
  • PTY3262 Physiotherapy 6B: clinical
  • PTY3362 Physiotherapy 6C: clinical
  • PTY3462 Clinical placement
  • PTY4171 Physiotherapy 7A: clinical
  • PTY4172 Physiotherapy 7B: clinical
  • PTY4281 Physiotherapy 8A: clinical
  • PTY4282 Physiotherapy 8B: clinical
  • PTY4283 Physiotherapy 8C: campus (24 points)

Alternative exits

You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the Bachelor of Human Sciences, provided you have successfully completed at least 144 credit points of the program including the following units: PTY1011, PTY1022, PTY2031, PTY2042, PTY3051, PTY3162, PTY3262, PTY3362, PTY3462 (or equivalent level 3 units with permission).