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PS1002 - Introduction to Physiotherapy Applications

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

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

Students will develop skills to enhance their interactions with patients and will gain foundation knowledge and skills in the application of selected physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques. These include joint examination, electro physical applications and gait analysis. Issues of safety and the evidence base for the interventions will be emphasised. Students will have the opportunity to undertake site visits to develop professional knowledge. Successful completion of this subject will provide students with foundation skills required for future clinical practice experiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate safety and competence in the application of selected physiotherapy modalities, treatment and assessment techniques;
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate the evidence regarding physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques;
  • apply theoretical knowledge from scientific disciplines (anatomy, physiology and biomechanics) when undertaking joint examinations and applying electrophysical agents.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - Individual
  • Written-project report; oral-presentation; written-peer assessment - (25%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (25%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Professional placement performance - (%) - 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 and achieve satisfactory/pass for portfolio tasks.

Prerequisites: BM1041 AND PS1001


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Miss Sue Barrs
Lecturers: Miss Sue Barrs, Mrs Gitte Nielsen.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour/week
  • 46 hours specialised - Two 2-hour practicals/week
  • 12 hours placement
  • 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.