PTY1011 - Physiotherapy 1 - 2017

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Physiotherapy


Mr Michael Storr

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Students must submit valid preclinical documentation, as listed in the course handbook, to Administration staff by the deadline specified and communicated to students. Failure to submit these mandatory documents may result in students being unable to complete the course.


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 will be able to:

Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development

  1. Articulate the attributes that define a profession, and describe the roles and responsibilities of the health care team;
  2. Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary learning groups, and recognise the factors which determine effective teamwork;
  3. Identify the key ethical and legal principles that underpin health care policy and practice;
  4. Develop tertiary level skills in professional communication including report and record writing.

    Theme 2: Population, Society and Health

  5. Critique diverse definitions, concepts and interpretations of health and wellbeing, and how they apply to clinical settings;
  6. Compare and contrast biomedical and ecological models of health, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and describe their value in the clinical context;
  7. Review and critique the socio-cultural, economic, political and environmental determinants of health, and describe how these affect care provision or create inequalities in health care utilisation;
  8. Critique the philosophical and ideological dimensions of health, and examine their implications for health and social care practice.

    Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge of Health Sciences

  9. Apply knowledge of the anatomy, biomechanics and kinesiology of the lower limb to physiotherapy assessment and management;
  10. Describe the physiology of the musculoskeletal system;
  11. Describe the pathophysiological response to injury and disease of the musculoskeletal system, and relate this to appropriate physiotherapy management;
  12. Articulate and apply theories supporting the use of external cooling and superficial heating for the management of musculoskeletal conditions.

    Theme 4: Applied Practice

  13. Apply fundamental knowledge of health sciences to complete a physiotherapy assessment of the lower limb, including medico-legal documentation of findings;
  14. Apply fundamental knowledge of health sciences to determine and perform appropriate physiotherapy management, including monitoring its effectiveness and utilising re-assessment findings to modify practice;
  15. Maintain a safe and effective simulated workplace, and minimise risk to both therapist and client;
  16. Demonstrate ethical principles, respect and understanding of patient needs in communication with patients, care givers and the multidisciplinary team to a simulated clinical situation.

    Theme 5

  17. Explain the role different levels of evidence have in determining the evaluation of the effectiveness of health care;
  18. Determine the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs (both qualitative and quantitative), and explain the impact of bias on study outcomes;
  19. Describe the role of outcome measures in the assessment and monitoring of health outcomes;
  20. Create answerable clinical questions and design electronic searches to find the best evidence to answer the question.


Assessment in PTY1011 will be both formative and summative.

Formative assessment tasks:

  • Online learning tasks
  • Skills Mastery Checklist
  • Reflective Portfolio (1,600 words)

Summative assessment tasks:

  • Anatomy Mid-Semester Assessment (2.5%)
  • Anatomy End-Semester Assessment (2.5%)
  • Physiology Lab Simulation Assessments (5%)
  • IPE Tutorial Preparation (5%)
  • CBL Learning and Performance (10%)
  • Written Assignment - Understanding Diversity in Beliefs About Health (2,000 words) (5%)
  • Written Report - Action to Address the Determinants of Health (2,500 words) (10%)
  • Video Assignment - Team Building (Group) (5%)
  • Research Activities (online) - (5%)
  • OSCE (15%)
  • Written Examination (3 hours) (35%)


  • 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.

Completion of Police Checks and Working with Children Checks in alignment with Course Requirements (

NOTE: All assessment tasks must be completed to a pass grade standard to complete this unit.

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.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in course 3868, M3002.

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