Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) – BPASPHYS6000

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Pass

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Course BPASPHY6000: Pass course; full-time, 4 years

Year 1

Semester 1
BIOS1168 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lectures, 2hr practical:tutorial/week Assessment: Mid semester practical exam (30%), end semester practical exam (30%), end semester exam (40%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study introduces the basic concepts in musculoskeletal anatomy prior to a more detailed study of the gross anatomical structure of the upper limb as it relates to functional activities. Students will also study the histological structure of musculoskeletal tissues and surface anatomy of the upper limb. Material will be presented in lectures, practical sessions and online. Students will also be expected to undertake some independent learning activities. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
BIOS1170 Body Systems: Structure and Function

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jaimie Polson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3hr lectures, 2hr practical/week Prohibitions: BIOS1155, BMED2403, PHSI2005, PHSI2006 Assessment: mid semester exam (30%), end semester exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit will present the gross anatomy, functional histology, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems. Specific diseases of these systems that are commonly encountered in health care practice will be described. The unit will also cover the characteristics of the body's fluids and the concept of acid-base balance within the body. This unit includes laboratory classes at which human cadaveric material is studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged. Students who achieve a pass will have a basic working knowledge of professionally relevant aspects of anatomy and physiology. Students who achieve higher grades will be better able to integrate various aspects of the unit, and to apply their knowledge to solve problems or explain higher level phenomena.
HSBH1003 Health, Behaviour and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mairwin Jones Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: BACH1130, BACH1132, BACH1133, BACH1134, BACH1161 Assessment: Assignment (30%), group class presentation (20%), 1.5 hr end of semester exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit provides an introduction to the behavioural and social sciences relevant to health and wellbeing, in particular sociology and psychology. The unit lays the foundation of theory and method necessary for understanding how broad social and organisational structures as well as individual characteristics and behaviours contribute to health and health inequalities.
PHTY1023 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andrew Leaver Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Corequisites: BIOS1168 Assessment: 2hr written exam (50%), 1500wd project report (30%) and ptactical skills assessment (20%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit sets the context of physiotherapy professional practice through an introduction to the issues and practices in healthcare delivery affecting physiotherapists, including relevant professional, state and federal policies and laws related to professional conduct. The unit also examines the observation and measurement of normal movement using methods that are suitable for clinical application, including biomechanical analyses. The importance of measurement is emphasised and the validity and reliability of different procedures are studied. Students are taught and practice a number of basic therapeutic techniques, including general musculoskeletal screening, observation of normal movement, manual handling, soft tissue massage and the use of heating and cooling. The importance of communication, documentation and respect for cultural differences in professional practice is addressed. Students are introduced to the concepts and principles of evidence-based practice.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
BIOS1169 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lectures, 2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: BIOS1168 Assessment: Mid-semester practical exam (30%), end-semester practical exam (30%), end-semester theory exam (40%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study examines the detailed gross anatomical structure and surface anatomy of the lower limb, trunk and head and neck. Included are the anatomical analyses of functional activities which involve the lower limb, back and neck. Students will also look at the anatomical basis of chewing, swallowing and communication. Material will be presented in lectures, practical sessions and online. Students will also be expected to undertake some independent learning activities. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
BIOS1171 Neuroscience

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jin Huang, Dr Alan Freeman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3hr lectures, 2hrs practical/week, with a small online component Assessment: mid semester exam (40%), end semester exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study includes fundamental concepts of nervous system organization and function. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models to understand the cortical and subcortical pathways as well as integrating centres that control movement and posture. The physiology component introduces students to mechanisms of signal generation and transmission, basic mechanisms of spinal reflexes, the function of the somatosensory and autonomic nervous system and motor pathways. Case studies aimed at identifying simple neural problems associated with sensory and motor systems are specifically designed for students following professional preparation degrees. This unit includes a few laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
EXSS1029 Muscle Mechanics and Training

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Mr Tom Gwinn Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture/week, 2hr practical/week Assessment: Mid semester exam (25%), practical exam (10%), tutorial assignment (5%) end semester exam (60%) Practical field work: Includes participation in high resistance training and muscle stretch intervention Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The determinants of maximal active muscle force and power production are examined in terms of the crossbridge cycle, sarcomere arrangement, myosin isoforms and the extent of muscle activation. Evidence for neural adaptations to high resistance training is examined and the practical significance of these adaptations is discussed. The responses of skeletal muscle to high-resistance training are discussed in terms of i) the control of protein synthesis, ii) sarcomere remodelling and myofibril assembly, and iii) whole muscle hypertrophy and fibre type shifts. An evidence-based approach is used to examine the dose-response relationship between high-resistance variables (load, number of sets, training, frequency, rest interval) and hypertrophy. Muscle structural and functional adaptations to disuse (bed rest, non-weight bearing, immobilization) are examined, as well as the effects of re-ambulation and re-training. The determinants of muscle range of motion and passive stiffness are discussed. The response of muscle to long term stretching (e.g. bone elongation) is examined. This is contrasted to the relative lack of muscle structural adaptation to short-term static stretch interventions.
Textbooks
No textbook required, students are recommended to obtain unit of study manual
PHTY1024 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Marlene Fransen Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: PHTY1023 Corequisites: BIOS1169, EXSS1029 Assessment: 1x2hr written exam (50%), practical skills assessment (20%) and 1000wd written report (30%) Practical field work: 1 week mentored clinical placement Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The unit builds upon the material covered and the skills learned during PHTY1023. In this unit, measurement is extended to include muscle function and is coordinated with EXSS1029. The principles and application of therapeutic exercise for mobility, strength and coordination are explored and practised and the students extend their knowledge and application of therapeutic skills to include regional musculoskeletal examination, manual therapy and electrical stimulation. The unit also explores the physiology, psychology, measurement and management of pain. Students are introduced to searching the scientific literature and evaluating randomised controlled trials.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 2 (first offered 2014)

Semester 1
EXSS2025 Motor Control and Learning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Ross Sanders (sem 1); Dr Stephen Cobley (sem 2) Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week; Practical field work 1x2-hr class/week (Weeks 1-7, 9) Assumed knowledge: BIOS1171 Assessment: tutorial presentation (15%), mid semester exam SAQ (10%), group presentation of training project skill (pass/fail), written group project report (30%), end semester exam MCQ, LAQ (45%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study provides students with a broad overview of motor control and learning with the aim of stimulating students to think about the mechanisms of normal human movement. Both a behavioural and a neurophysiological approach are taken to the acquisition and execution of skilled motor actions. The behavioural approach is directed at the structures and processes underlying movement without considering their physical basis, while the neurophysiological approach is directed at the neuromuscular machinery and the functional neural connections that govern movement. The unit consists of 3 modules. The first module examines the information processing and energetic capacities of the learner that underpin motor performance; that is, characteristics of the perceptual-motor system such as memory, attention, reaction time, speed-accuracy trade-off, force control, economy of energy, coordination, automaticity, lateralisation, arousal and stress, and expertise. The second module examines features of the learning environment that can be manipulated to promote motor learning such as goals, motivation, instruction, practice conditions and feedback. The third module examines applications to teaching motor skills, coaching and rehabilitation and includes a group project in which a motor skill is trained, thereby enabling students to apply the principles of motor control and learning that they have learned.
EXSS2027 Exercise Physiology for Clinicians

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Kate Edwards Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr and 1x2-hr lecture/week, 4x1-hr tutorials/semester Assumed knowledge: BIOS1170 Assessment: quiz (5%), class practical reports (20%), mid semester exam (25%), end semester exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Bachelor of Health Sciences students must have completed EXSS1032 for enrolment into this unit of study
The aim of this unit is to provide students with a broad understanding of the physiological responses and adaptations to physical activity and inactivity. The unit has a primary focus on the application of exercise as both a treatment modality and a tool in rehabilitation. The unit describes the basic metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise training in healthy, asymptomatic individuals (children, adults and the elderly). The normal exercise response is compared with that in health disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart and lung disease. Particular attention is given to exercise testing in clinical practice. Two class experiments are included during lecture hours to add practical experience and to develop critical thinking.
Textbooks
Recommended: McArdle, WD, Katch, FI and Katch,VI, Exersice Physiology: enegery Nutrition and Human Performance (5th Ed). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2001)
PHTY2058 PT in Musculoskeletal Conditions A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Milena Simic Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial or practical/week Prerequisites: PHTY1024 Assessment: Mid semester practical assessment (25%), end semester practical assessment (25%) and end semester written exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The purpose of this unit is to provide students with the bases of assessment, and treatment planning and application for uncomplicated musculoskeletal conditions affecting the lower limbs and lumbar region of the spine. Students will develop the ability to select and implement interventions based on clinical reasoning, principles of evidence-based practice and safety. Emphasis will be given to the systematic structuring and recording of the physical examination and to the application of anatomy, physiology and pathology to these clinical problems.
Textbooks
Brukner P and Khan K (2012): Clinical Sports Medicine (4th Ed). Sydney: McGraw-Hill; Refshauge K and Gass E (2004) Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinical Science and Evidence-Based Practice. 2nd Ed Butterworth Heinemann
PHTY2060 Preventative Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sarah Dennis Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/practical/week Prerequisites: PHTY1024 Assessment: Group seminar/poster presentation (health promotion/injury prevention) (week 7) (40%), criteria-based individual participation (class/online forums) (10%) and end semester exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study provides a framework for exploring the role of physiotherapy in the prevention of chronic injury and disease. Preventative health issues specific to workers, women and the elderly will be addressed. Physiotherapy service delivery in a range of settings will be explored including the community, workplace and the clinic. Students will examine the social determinants of heath and disease and will apply health promotion models to facilitate health-enhancing behaviour change in a range of populations and settings.
Textbooks
TBA
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
PHTY2059 PT in Musculoskeletal Conditions B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Niamh Moloney Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial or practical/week Prerequisites: PHTY2058 Assessment: Mid semester practical assessment (15%), end semester practical assessment (25%), and end semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The purpose of this unit is to provide students with the bases of assessment and treatment planning and application for uncomplicated musculoskeletal conditions affecting the upper limbs and cervical and thoracic regions of the spine. Students will develop the ability to select and implement interventions based on clinical reasoning, principles of evidence-based practice and safety. Students will also consider the impact of surgical intervention on physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal conditions.
Textbooks
Brukner P and Khan K (2012): Clinical Sports Medicine (4th Ed). Sydney: McGraw-Hill
PHTY2061 Physiotherapy in Neurological Conditions

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Leanne Hassett Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial or practical/week Prerequisites: BIOS1171, EXSS1029, EXSS2025, PHTY1024 Assessment: mid semester practical assessment (25%), end semester practical assessment (25%) and end semester written exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit aims to develop students' ability to apply relevant theoretical and data-based scientific findings to clinical practice in the area of disease and trauma to the nervous system. This unit examines the pathology, impairments (weakness, loss of dexterity, loss of sensation and spasticity as well as adaptations such as contracture), activity limitations (difficulty standing up, sitting and standing, walking, reaching and manipulating objects with the hand, rolling over and getting out of bed) and participation restrictions arising from conditions of acute onset (stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and Guillain-Barré Syndrome). Students will learn to assess, train and measure outcome of everyday activities integrated within the rehabilitation team.
Textbooks
Carr JH and Shepherd RB (2010) Neurological Rehabilitation: Optimizing motor performance (2nd Ed). Oxford:Elsevier
PHTY2062 PT in Respiratory and Cardiac Conditions

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Louise Ganderton Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/practical/week Prerequisites: BIOS1170, EXSS1029; PHTY1024, EXSS2027 Assessment: mid semester practical assessment (20%), end semester practical assessment (20%), end semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study will introduce students to the knowledge, skills and clinical decision making processes necessary for effective assessment and treatment of patients across the age spectrum with acute and chronic respiratory and cardiac dysfunction. In particular, students will evaluate the patho-physiological and functional consequences of surgery (abdominal, thoracic and cardiac); infective, inflammatory; restrictive; and obstructive pulmonary disorders, and coronary artery disease. Students will learn the practical skills and develop treatment strategies to effectively manage respiratory problems.
Textbooks
Pryor JA and Prasad SA (2008) Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems 4th Ed.
PHTY2063 Clinical Practicum A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Julia Blackford Session: Semester 2 Classes: Clinical placement and some on-campus attendance Prerequisites: PHTY1024 Corequisites: PHTY2062, PHTY2059, PHTY2061 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The purpose of this unit is to provide an introduction to the application of foundation physiotherapy skills within a clinical setting. Students will interview patients and record a comprehensive history of their clinical conditions, apply assessment, measurement and treatment techniques under direction and participate in the planning and decision-making processes within the clinic.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 3 (last offered 2014)

Semester 1
PHTY3068 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paulo Ferreira Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: PHTY2054, PHTY2055 Corequisites: PHTY3069, PHTY3070 Assessment: Mid semester practical assessment (20%), end semester practical assessment (20%), end semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study develops the skills required for primary care management of low back pain at a level to commence a musculoskeletal practicum. Students learn to 'triage' patients to distinguish patients with non-specific pain from those suspected of having underlying disease/pathology. The unit covers the basic epidemiology of spinal pain (risk factors, clinical course, prognostic factors) and the assessment of treatment outcome. The evidence base for management options is explored and students learn to apply a range of treatments such as education and advice, manual therapy, exercise, McKenzie therapy etc. This unit will integrate knowledge from earlier foundation science and physiotherapy units of study. Students will develop the ability to select and implement interventions based on clinical reasoning, principles of evidence-based practice and safety. This unit of study builds on skills and knowledge learned in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A (MS A) and MS B, complements that learned in MS D and MS E and lays the foundation for MS F which will further develop skills and reasoning in more complex musculoskeletal conditions.
Textbooks
"Recommended reading" Refshauge K, Gass E (2004): (eds) Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Clinical Science and Evidence-based Practice. (2nd ed) Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann. Maher C, Latimer J, Refshauge K (2000) Atlas of clinical tests and measures for low back pain (from book shop or can be ordered through the APA- order form on web) Maitland, G. (2005) Vertebral Manipulation 7th Edition. Elsevier. Waddell G (2004) The Back Pain Revolution. 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Magee DJ (2002). Orthopaedic Physical Assessment (4th Edition). Philadelphia, Saunders."
PHTY3069 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Evangelos Pappas Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: PHTY2054, PHTY2055 Corequisites: PHTY3068, PHTY3070 Assessment: Mid semester practical assessment (20%), end semester practical assessment (20%), end semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study is part of the musculoskeletal curriculum that develops knowledge and skills required by a graduate physiotherapist in the management of musculoskeletal disorders in the general population. This unit focuses on assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limbs. At the completion of this unit, students will have demonstrated theoretical knowledge, clinical reasoning and competency in assessment and treatment of upper limb injuries and conditions at a level sufficient to commence student practicum. This unit of study builds on knowledge and skills learned in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A (MS A) and MS B, complements that learned in MS C and MS E and lays the foundation for MS F which will further develop skills and reasoning in more complex musculoskeletal conditions.
PHTY3070 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy E

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Debra Shirley Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: PHTY2054, PHTY2055 Corequisites: PHTY3068, PHTY3069 Assessment: Mid semester practical assessment (20%), end semester viva/practical assessment (20%) and end semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study aims to provide a detailed approach to history taking and performance of the physical examination for a patient with disorders of the cervical and thoracic spine. With the integration of communication and listening skills, application of sound physical testing procedures and clinical reasoning, the aim is to enable students to diagnose, triage and manage patients with cervical or thoracic musculoskeletal pain who present to primary and secondary care. In addition, students will be able to determine appropriate evidence-based management strategies for patients with cervical or thoracic musculoskeletal problems and design appropriate treatment progression. This unit of study builds on skills and knowledge gained in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A (MS A) and MS B, complements MS C and MS D and lays the foundations which will develop further skills in the management of more complex conditions in MS F.
Textbooks
Refshauge KM and Gass E (Eds) /Musculoskeletal physiotherapy : clinical science and evidence-based practice/2nd/2004/0750653566/ -- Jull G, Sterling M, Falla D, Treleaven J and O`Leary S/Whiplash, headache and neck pain/2008/9780443100475/
PHTY3071 Neurological & Cardiopulmonary Physio A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Natalie Allen, Dr Maree Milross Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: PHTY2056, PHTY2057 Assessment: Mid semester practical/viva assessment (20%), end semester practical/viva assessment (20%), end semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study builds on and expands the knowledge, skills and attributes developed in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy A and Neurological Physiotherapy A Three modules are included: cardiopulmonary physiotherapy in the acute care environment, physiotherapy for neurodegenerative conditions and acute neurological/neurosurgical care. The acute care module focuses on assessment and treatment of patients with acute pulmonary dysfunction. In addition, students examine specific clinical and professional issues relating to the intensive care and acute care environment. The emphasis is on appropriate assessment and safe and effective management of intubated and non-intubated patients. The neurodegenerative conditions module examines the pathology, impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions arising from neurodegenerative conditions which require adaptation (such as Parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease). Students learn to assess and train or prescribe appropriate aids to enable activities such as rolling over, sitting, walking, transferring, wheelchair mobility and reaching and manipulating objects to be carried out. The acute neurological and cardiopulmonary care module focuses on physiotherapy management of acute neurological and neurosurgical conditions.
Textbooks
Carr JH and Shepherd RB /Neurological rehabilitation: optimizing motor performance /2nd ed/2010/978-0-7020-4051-1/ -- Pryor JA and Prasad SA /Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems/4th ed/2008/9780080449852/
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
PHTY3072 Physiotherapy Practicum A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Julia Blackford Session: Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October,Int Sept Classes: Clinical placement Prerequisites: PHTY2052, PHTY2053, PHTY2054, PHTY2055, PHTY2056, PHTY2057, PHTY3068, PHTY3069, PHTY3070, PHTY3071 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int April,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October,Int Sept
This unit of study involves clinical placements in one of the following areas: rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory/outpatients, community health and an elective unit such as paediatrics, private practice, burns or hand therapy. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the specific clinical skills for each area as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. In addition, students will be responsible for individual and group training sessions such as strength and fitness programs. Physiotherapy Practicum A, B, C, D, E are all five week placements which require full attendance (37 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, at least one of the placements will be in a rural or regional setting.
PHTY3073 Physiotherapy Practicum B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Julia Blackford Session: Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October,Int Sept Classes: Clinical placement Prerequisites: PHTY2052, PHTY2053, PHTY2054, PHTY2055, PHTY2056, PHTY2057, PHTY3068, PHTY3069, PHTY3070, PHTY3071 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October
This unit of study involves clinical placements in one of the following areas: rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory/outpatients, community health and an elective unit such as paediatrics, private practice, burns or hand therapy. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the specific clinical skills for each area as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. In addition, students will be responsible for individual and group training sessions such as strength and fitness programs. Physiotherapy Practicum A, B, C, D, E are all five week placements which require full attendance (37 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, at least one of the placements will be in a rural or regional setting.
PHTY3074 Physiotherapy Practicum C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Julia Blackford Session: Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October,Int Sept Classes: Clinical placement Prerequisites: PHTY2052, PHTY2053, PHTY2054, PHTY2055, PHTY2056, PHTY2057, PHTY3068, PHTY3069, PHTY3070, PHTY3071 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int Sept
This unit of study involves clinical placements in one of the following areas: rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory/outpatients, community health and an elective unit such as paediatrics, private practice, burns or hand therapy. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the specific clinical skills for each area as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. In addition, students will be responsible for individual and group training sessions such as strength and fitness programs. Physiotherapy Practicums A, B, C, D, E are all five week placements which require full attendance (37 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, at least one of the placements will be in a rural or regional setting.
PHTY3075 Interprofessional & Reflective Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Susan Coulson Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online discussion Corequisites: PHTY3072, PHTY3073, PHTY3074 Assessment: Written assignment (60%), contribution to online discussion (40%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: On-line
This unit of study will explore the role of interprofessional and reflective practice in the delivery of people-centred health care. Using experiences from physiotherapy practicum placements and reactions to written accounts of personal experiences of health care, this unit provides opportunities for students to examine and reflect on interprofessional practice in Australian health care. The unit will also assist students development of generic attributes and capabilities and learn strategies for self management and lifelong development within the physiotherapy profession.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 4

Semester 1
PHTY4110 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy F

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Niamh Moloney Session: Semester 1a Classes: 6-hr lecture/week, 2-4-hr tutorial/week, unit is conducted over intensive short semester Prerequisites: PHTY3068, PHTY3069, PHTY3070 Assessment: 2hr exam (60%) and 10 min practical exam (40%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Students may be required to participate in practical sessions during which they will act as patients for other students. Practical techniques may include manipulation. Students will be invited to provide informed consent when acting as patients for other students. Students will be provided with a questionnaire to complete prior to manipulation classes to screen for risk factors for adverse events.
The aim of this unit of study is to develop students' abilities to apply evidence-based practice during the management of selected complex musculoskeletal presentations. A case-study based approach to learning will be adopted throughout the unit of study. Using interactive lectures, students will study selected cases that can be used as templates to facilitate foundation clinical behaviours for beginning physiotherapy graduates. Further, students will be guided through the application of the various domains of evidence based practice over the period of management for each representative case. During concurrent tutorial sessions, students will practice the application of advanced physiotherapy procedures, including manipulation for selected regions. Classroom demonstrations will be supported by online video and other materials to enhance the learning experience. Overall, unit of study content will provide the background for students to apply and evaluate a range of strategies to decrease pain, and improve impairments and function in patients with a range of complex conditions. Thus, this unit of study will consolidate the theoretical and practical bases for clinical intervention in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy to prepare students for the range of complex conditions they will confront upon graduation.
PHTY4111 Neurological & Cardiopulmonary Physio B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Colleen Canning, Dr Zoe McKeough Session: Semester 1a Classes: 8-hr lectures/week for 3 weeks, 2x2-hr tutorial/week for 3 weeks. Unit is conducted over 4 weeks Prerequisites: PHTY3071 Assessment: 2hr written exam (80%) and 10min practical/viva exam (20%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit examines the scientific basis for clinical intervention in neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy. The cardiopulmonary module will examine a range of complex clinical issues organised on a case-basis including multi-system dysfunction (physiological, psychological and social). Students will be expected to evaluate the scientific basis and ethical, legal and practical implications of current physiotherapy interventions in relation to the case studies. The neurological module focuses on the physiotherapy management of spinal cord lesions incorporating scientifically-derived and evidence-based practice and integrated patient-centred healthcare.
PHTY4112 Physiotherapy Practicum D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Julia Blackford Session: Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October,Int Sept Classes: 37-hrs/wk for 5 weeks at clinical facilities Prerequisites: PHTY2052, PHTY2053, PHTY3068, PHTY3069, PHTY3070, PHTY3071 Corequisites: PHTY4110, PHTY4111, PHTY4113 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int November,Int October,Int Sept
Physiotherapy Practicum D involves clinical placement in an area not previously covered in physiotherapy practicum A, B or C: rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory/outpatients, community health or an elective unit such as paediatrics, private practice, burns or hand therapy. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the specific clinical skills for each area as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. Physiotherapy Practicum A, B, C, D, E are all five week placements which require full-time attendance (37 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, at least one of the placements will be in a rural or regional setting.
PHTY4113 Physiotherapy Practicum E

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Julia Blackford Session: Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October,Int Sept Classes: 37-hrs/wk for 5 weeks at clinical facilities Prerequisites: PHTY2052, PHTY2053, PHTY3068, PHTY3069, PHTY3070, PHTY3071 Corequisites: PHTY4110, PHTY4111, PHTY4112 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October,Int Sept
Physiotherapy Practicum E involves clinical placement in an area not previously covered in physiotherapy practicum A, B,C or D: rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory/outpatients, community health or an elective unit such as paediatrics, private practice, burns or hand therapy. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the specific clinical skills for each area as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. Physiotherapy Practicum A, B, C, D, E are all five week placements which require full-time attendance (37 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, at least one of the placements will be in a rural or regional setting.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
PHTY4114 Physiotherapy in Childhood

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Mrs Jennifer Follett Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 6x2-hr tutorial/semester plus structured learning activities Prerequisites: PHTY4110, PHTY4111 Corequisites: PHTY4112, PHTY4113 Assessment: Seminar (30%) and written exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study aims to prepare the student as a competent entry-level practitioner in paediatric physiotherapy. Emphasis is given to students developing a clear understanding of typical development and the potential influences upon a child's development. The student will become aware of the changes which occur from infancy to maturity in the neuromotor, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary body systems, and the impact of congenital or acquired conditions, or lifestyle diseases causing dysfunction in one or more of these systems. The emphasis of the teaching approach will be on clinical and ethical reasoning) to promote health and well-being for children within a family-centred practice framework. Paediatric clinical scenarios have been designed to help students in their learning to problem-solve assessment and management strategies for children with dysfunction, and/or are at risk of poor health and well-being. The approach will also emphasise the role of physiotherapy within broader health care teams/services so as to prepare students for the variety of health care settings/contexts in which paediatric physiotherapists may work. The unit is designed to facilitate students to integrate prior learning from other units of study with the content of this unit.
Textbooks
Recommended textbook (not compulsory)
PHTY4115 Physiotherapy in Preventative Healthcare

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mi-Joung Lee Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x2-hr tutorial over 6 weeks Prerequisites: PHTY3072, PHTY3073, PHTY3074, PHTY3075 Corequisites: PHTY4112, PHTY4113 Assumed knowledge: Pre-clinical musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy curriculum Assessment: 15 min group presentation (30%) and individual viva (oral) exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study provides a framework for exploring the role of physiotherapy in the prevention of chronic injury and disease. Preventative health issues specific to women, the elderly, workers and athletes will be addressed. Physiotherapy service delivery in a range of settings will be explored including the community, workplace, sporting arena and the clinic. Students will examine the social determinants of heath and disease and will apply health promotion models to facilitate health-enhancing behaviour change in a range of populations and settings. The evidence basis of physical activity and exercise for the prevention of chronic conditions and injuries will also be explored and evaluated.
PHTY4116 Exercise as Physiotherapy in Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Zoe McKeough Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr practical over 6 weeks Prerequisites: PHTY3072, PHTY3073, PHTY3074, PHTY3075 Corequisites: PHTY4112, PHTY4113 Assessment: 15 min group presentation (30%) and invividual viva (oral) exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This purpose unit of study assists the student to develop integrated management strategies which address particular primary health issues and the common comorbid conditions attendant on them. The unit will consist of a lecture series exploring contemporary health issues and the availability of community-based services in the prevention of disease and the restoration of function following injury or illness. There will be a strong practical component to the unit, during which students will explore and evaluate interventions based on exercise prescription, particularly to groups in a community context. As part of the unit, students will be assisted in the development of skills relevant to the supervision and direction of other personnel, including exercise scientists and physiotherapy assistants. The unit builds on content covered and practical expertise gained through pre-clinical units of study and the clinical practica undertaken earlier in the course.
PHTY4117 Physiotherapy Management in Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Susan Coulson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x2-hr tutorial over 6 weeks Prerequisites: PHTY3072, PHTY3073, PHTY3074, PHTY3075 Corequisites: PHTY4112, PHTY4113 Assumed knowledge: Pre-clinical musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy curriculum Assessment: 15 min group presentation (30%) and individual viva (oral) exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study builds on prior learning in musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary aspects of physiotherapy and community experience while consolidating knowledge and skills learned on clinical practica. Complex cases requiring inter-professional referral and management will be undertaken. Students will participate in panel discussions, debates and in master classes requiring synthesis of information and application of discipline-specific content to scenarios outside of their university/clinical practicum learning environment.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours

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Course BHASPHYH5000: Honours course; full-time, 4 years

Years 1 to 3

As per Pass course

Year 4

Semester 1
As per SH137 Pass course
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
PHTY4114 Physiotherapy in Childhood

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Mrs Jennifer Follett Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 6x2-hr tutorial/semester plus structured learning activities Prerequisites: PHTY4110, PHTY4111 Corequisites: PHTY4112, PHTY4113 Assessment: Seminar (30%) and written exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study aims to prepare the student as a competent entry-level practitioner in paediatric physiotherapy. Emphasis is given to students developing a clear understanding of typical development and the potential influences upon a child's development. The student will become aware of the changes which occur from infancy to maturity in the neuromotor, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary body systems, and the impact of congenital or acquired conditions, or lifestyle diseases causing dysfunction in one or more of these systems. The emphasis of the teaching approach will be on clinical and ethical reasoning) to promote health and well-being for children within a family-centred practice framework. Paediatric clinical scenarios have been designed to help students in their learning to problem-solve assessment and management strategies for children with dysfunction, and/or are at risk of poor health and well-being. The approach will also emphasise the role of physiotherapy within broader health care teams/services so as to prepare students for the variety of health care settings/contexts in which paediatric physiotherapists may work. The unit is designed to facilitate students to integrate prior learning from other units of study with the content of this unit.
Textbooks
Recommended textbook (not compulsory)
PHTY4117 Physiotherapy Management in Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Susan Coulson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x2-hr tutorial over 6 weeks Prerequisites: PHTY3072, PHTY3073, PHTY3074, PHTY3075 Corequisites: PHTY4112, PHTY4113 Assumed knowledge: Pre-clinical musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy curriculum Assessment: 15 min group presentation (30%) and individual viva (oral) exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study builds on prior learning in musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary aspects of physiotherapy and community experience while consolidating knowledge and skills learned on clinical practica. Complex cases requiring inter-professional referral and management will be undertaken. Students will participate in panel discussions, debates and in master classes requiring synthesis of information and application of discipline-specific content to scenarios outside of their university/clinical practicum learning environment.
PHTY4118 Honours Dissertation

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paulo Ferreira Session: Semester 2 Classes: 6x3-hr lectures; research project participation 50 hours/semester Assessment: 1x seminar presentation (30%) and 1x5000wd essay (70%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The program consists of a series of formal classes in which a number of topics relevant to practical and theoretical aspects of research will be covered. These sessions will include discussion and instruction in research design and data analysis, database management, research ethics and scientific writing and the processes by which a research idea is translated into a project. In addition, students will have an opportunity to discuss the work of a distinguished scientist with that person in an informal setting. Opportunities will be provided for students to discuss the progress of their own research areas and to obtain help, from staff and their peers, in dealing with any issues that arise in the course of the semester. Students are required to spend 50 hours in "hands-on" research activity. The nature of this supports the concept of a broad-based experience, including aspects of development and design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation and the presentation of results. Students will work in depth on one particular aspect of a research project.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS