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PS3001 - Physiotherapy 3

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

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

This subject will continue the exploration of the physiotherapist's role in the management of patients across the lifespan in the acute care/cardiorespiratory setting. The management of seriously ill patients will be explored, including the physiotherapy management of intubated and ventilated patients. Students will also develop knowledge and skills regarding evidence based cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain how the structure and function of body systems, particularly the cardiopulmonary system, relate to key illnesses and diseases whilst justifying the impact of illness on functional capacity and the implications for adult and paediatric acute care/cardiorespiratory physiotherapy;
  • demonstrate proficient and safe professional performance of selected physiotherapy techniques appropriate for individuals in an acute care and rehabilitation environment;
  • integrate knowledge of pathophysiology with assessment findings in order to develop appropriate cardiorespiratory physiotherapy intervention plans utilising sound clinical reasoning skills;
  • evaluate the literature relevant to a selected cardiac or pulmonary condition and utilising sound written communication skills, relate the findings to rehabilitation for this condition, in a timely manner.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (45%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (20%) - Individual
  • Oral > Viva - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (15%) - 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, viva and written exams; attend at least 80% of scheduled practical classes; attend all scheduled simulations; achieve satisfactory/pass for portfolio tasks.

Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND HS2405 AND PS2004 AND PS2005 AND PS2002 AND PS2003 AND RH2002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones, Miss Amy Combers.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 14 hours lectures
  • 26 hours specialised - Practicals
  • 6 hours simulations/Virtual Environments
  • 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.