PTY2031 - Physiotherapy 3 - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Physiotherapy

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Prue Morgan


Dr Annemarie Lee

Not offered in 2019


PTY1011, PTY1022.


Must be enrolled in course 3868, 3891, M2003, M3003.


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.


PTY2031 develops the 5 themes on which the 4 year curriculum is based.

  • Theme 1: Personal & Professional Development: explores effective communication with clients with cardiorespiratory conditions.
  • Theme 2: Population, Society & Health: explores issues relating to healthcare policy development and delivery.
  • Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science: provides the biomedical and physiotherapy knowledge that underpins physiotherapy clinical practice.
  • Theme 4: Applied Practice: develops clinical skills integral to physiotherapy practice in the management of cardiorespiratory clients.
  • Theme 5: Research: explores knowledge and skills that relate to the ability to critically evaluate research.


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

Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development

  1. Acquire and utilise a range of strategies that enable effective communication with clients with cardiorespiratory illness;
  2. Identify the roles and responsibilities of the physiotherapist and other members of the health care team in the management of the client with acute and chronic cardiorespiratory illness;
  3. Recognise issues surrounding care and develop ethical and professional practice skills with respect to individual with cardiorespiratory illness.

    Theme 2: Population, Society and Health

  4. Identify the structures, systems and institutions of the Australian health policy environment, and discuss the role of evidence-based practice in setting policy agendas;
  5. Analyse a range of public policy issues so as to understand government process and political lobbying by organizations, individuals and communities;
  6. Explain local, federal and international health policy issues, including the role of agencies (government and non-government) on the development and implementation of health policy;
  7. Explore the policy cycle in the context of a National Health Priority Area; and develop physiotherapy specific interventions that address these priority areas.

    Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science

  8. Explain the anatomical structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system;
  9. Describe the pathology of cardiorespiratory related diseases;
  10. Explain the physiology of the cardiorespiratory system and physiological adaptations to exercise and pathology;
  11. Explain the principles of pharmacological management of cardiorespiratory disorders;
  12. Investigate and explain evidence based physiotherapy intervention relevant to the management of the cardiorespiratory client.

    Theme 4: Applied Practice

  13. Conduct a targeted physiotherapy assessment of the cardiorespiratory system;
  14. Demonstrate evidence based clinical reasoning, and develop a client-centered, prioritised problem list;
  15. Interpret clinical problem lists, and develop and prescribe appropriate management techniques for the cardiorespiratory client across the lifespan;
  16. Evaluate and reflect on treatment outcomes, and devise a plan for ongoing management (including goal setting and discharge planning);
  17. Maintain a safe and effective workplace, and minimise risk to both therapist and client.

    Theme 5: Research

  18. Develop a systematic review protocol following Cochrane guidelines and formulate a focussed question integrating knowledge from previous studies ;
  19. Demonstrate advanced skills in using Word and EndNote software in document construction, table formation and reference management;
  20. Calculate and interpret the following statistical concepts: absolute and relative risk reduction, odds ratios and risk ratios.


Clinical placement: 3 x days totalling 9 hours may be scheduled in either PTY2031 or PTY2042


All PTY2031 assessments (all are hurdle requirements):

  • Attendance at 80% of tutorials and practicals.
  • Written assignment (2,000 words) (15%)
  • 2 x Written examination (2 hours each) (30%)
  • OSCE (25%)
  • Research activities folder (15%)
  • Anatomy assessment Parts 1 and 2 (5%)
  • Physiology assessment Parts 1 and 2 (5%)
  • CBL learning and performance (5%)
  • Professional conduct (hurdle) Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

10 hours of lectures, 3 hours of tutorials and 3 hours of client centred learning (small group teaching), and 4 hours of physiotherapy practical sessions per week. 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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