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PS2005 - Physiotherapy Applications Across the Lifespan

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

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy who have successfully completed BM1041, PS1001, RH1002, RH1004, BM1042, HS1003, PS1002 and PS2004.

This subject is designed to enable students to assess clients, and develop and implement physiotherapy intervention strategies for common conditions encountered across the lifespan. Continuity, change and the effect of injury and pathology are considered with respect to paediatrics, men's and women's health, health in the workplace, chronic disease, gerontology and palliative care.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply the process of normal development across the lifespan and relate to the practice of physiotherapy;
  • discuss the aetiology, pathophysiology, and the medical and allied health management of common conditions encountered across the lifespan;
  • examine and explain the importance of managing health in the workplace and coordinating return to work programs;
  • identify and explain potential assessment strategies and management plans for chronic conditions across the lifespan.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - 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 written exams; attend at least 80% of scheduled practical classes; attend all scheduled placements/simulations; achieve satisfactory/pass for portfolio tasks.

Prerequisites: BM1041 AND BM1042 AND PS1001 AND PS1002 AND RH1002 AND RH1004 AND HS1003 AND PS2004


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Mrs Rachel Pappas
Lecturers: Mrs Rachel Pappas, Mr Chris Myers, Dr Moira Smith.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hrs of lectures per week
  • 52 hours specialised - 4 hrs of practicals per week
  • 6 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.