PTY2042 - Physiotherapy 4 - 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)

Annemarie Lee


Prue Morgan
Ms Narelle Dalwood (co-unit coordinators)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


PTY1011, PTY1022, PTY2031Not offered in 2019.


Must be enrolled in course 3868, 3891, M3002, 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.


PTY2042 is an integrated unit based on the 5 themes of the physiotherapy curriculum.

  • Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development focuses on development of personal and professional attributes which assist transition from student to physiotherapist.
  • Theme 2: Population, Society and Health investigates the evolution of health promotion, its inherent values and assumptions.
  • Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science 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 and evaluate research as a foundation for evidence based practice.


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

Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development

  1. Identify the issues surrounding care and treatment of the patient with stable or progressive neurological disease;
  2. Demonstrate a range of strategies that enable effective communication with clients with stable or progressive neurological disease and their caregivers;
  3. Identify and explain the life-time burden imposed on people with chronic disability and their families;
  4. Distinguish and compare the roles and responsibilities of the physiotherapist and other members of the health care team in the management of the patient with stable or progressive neurological disease.

    Theme 2: Population, Society and Health

  5. Discuss and compare a range of health promotion theories of change ranging from an individual to population-wide focus;
  6. Summarise the medical, behavioural and socio-environmental approaches to health promotion;
  7. Devise strategies for integrating health promotion into a selected area of health and social care practice, and across a range of settings;
  8. Design and present a community-based health promotion program that addresses selected components of a health promotion model.

    Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science

  9. Explain the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the neurological systems;
  10. Describe pathology and mechanisms of recovery of central and peripheral nervous system diseases;
  11. Describe the principles of intervention for neurological disorders;
  12. Identify the principles of motor skill acquisition across the lifespan.

    Theme 4: Applied Practice

  13. Conduct an interview and physical examination of the patient with neurological dysfunction;
  14. Identify, evaluate and demonstrate appropriate management techniques relevant to the neurological patient across the lifespan;
  15. Analyse factors contributing to abnormal function in the person with neurological impairments;
  16. Demonstrate appropriate manual handling and positioning of self and client at all times, utilising principles of risk minimisation.

    Theme 5: Research

  17. Perform a systematic review following Cochrane guidelines, including extracting relevant data from included studies and conducting appropriate data analysis to answer the review question;
  18. Demonstrate advanced skills in using Word and EndNote software in document construction, table formation and reference management;
  19. Conduct appropriate meta-analysis using RevMan software;
  20. Explain the utility of clinical practice guidelines, and the AGREE II approach to the evaluation of clinical practice guidelines.


Clinical placement: 3 x days totalling 9 hours may be scheduled in either PTY2031Not offered in 2019 or PTY2042


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

All PTY2042 assessments (all are hurdle requirements):

  • Attendance at 80% of tutorials and practicals.
  • 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.
  • Health Promotion assignment (1,500 words + 10 minute presentation) (15%)
  • Anatomy assessment (5%)
  • Physiology assessment (5%)
  • 2 x Written examination (2 hours each) (30%)
  • OSCE (30%)
  • Research assignment - group work (4,500 words) (10%)
  • Research activities folder (5%)

Workload requirements

Workload is 6.5 hours of lectures, 4.5 hours of tutorials and 4 hours of patient centred learning (small group teaching), 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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