PTY4000 - Honours thesis - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 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)

Dr Dawson Kidgell


Dr Dawson Kidgell

Unit guides



  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)


Must have passed PTY2000 and one of PTY3001 or PTY3000


Must be enrolled in course 3891, M3003.


The 12 credit point Honours Thesis subject extends research opportunities provided to students in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree by providing individualised and group supervision in developing a comprehensive research report (10,000 - 12,000 words). Students will have opportunities to advance their understanding of data analysis methods required to interpret data collected during the course of the research, prepare and present their findings to staff and students and refine a report for assessment. The thesis will contribute 70% to the final honours grade.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Execute a research project in consultation with an academic supervisor;
  2. Develop, implement and document a focused research project;
  3. Apply appropriate analysis methods to data collected during the course of the research;
  4. Logically interpret results of data analysis;
  5. Communicate the key aspects of the research project to a scientific audience;
  6. Evaluate and synthesise the findings of the research project with the previously executed systematic review and existing literature;
  7. Prepare a written report of the research outcomes in a thesis;
  8. Determine and follow appropriate archiving procedures for all relevant documents arising from the conduct of research;
  9. Prepare a final report to the approving ethics committee describing completion of the project.


Hurdle - 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.

Presentation of the research findings to staff and students (hurdle requirement) and the completion of a thesis (10,000 - 12,000 words) (100%) (Summative assessment)

Workload requirements

Students are required to attend fortnightly research seminars during Semesters One and Two when they are not on clinical placements. This subject runs for 12 weeks in each Semester (total 24 weeks).

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