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PS3001 - Physiotherapy 3

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND HS2405 AND PS2004 AND PS2005 AND PS2002 AND PS2003 AND RH2002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 32 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); other exams (15%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass the written exam, practical exam and viva (oral exam) to pass the subject. Students are also required to complete simulation sessions, clinical placement, submit a completed clinical logbook and complete ePortfolio items as described in the subject outline. No marks are allotted to the clinical placement, clinical logbook or ePortfolio items.

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.