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PS1001 - Introduction to Physiotherapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Enrolment in this subject is restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy IHCAP Program and the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours Program.

The subject will present an overview of the history of the physiotherapy profession along with issues relating to evidence-based practice. Research and literature search skills will be developed. Students will gain foundation knowledge and skills in the application of selected physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques. These include massage, exercise prescription and joint examination.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate safety and competence in the application of selected physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques;
  • ability to evaluate the evidence regarding physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques;
  • explain the physiological rationale for the application of selected physiotherapy treatment techniques;
  • demonstrate the ability to analyse various movement patterns on the basis of anatomical knowledge, musculoskeletal analysis and related biomechanical principles.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (55%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - Individual
  • Participation > Observation - (%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% inclusive of any penalties applied; achieve at least 50% for the practical and written exams; attend at least 80% of scheduled practical classes; attend all scheduled placements; achieve satisfactory/pass for portfolio tasks.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Miss Sue Barrs
Lecturers: Dr Carol Flavell, Miss Sue Barrs, Mrs Gitte Nielsen, Miss Amy Combers.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours seminars
  • 44 hours specialised - Practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.