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PS4004 - Advanced Topics in Physiotherapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject introduces students to several selected areas of specialised physiotherapy practice. The areas of practice have been chosen to develop advanced skills in areas of practice or introduce students to areas of specialised practice they may not have encountered during clinical placement. Students will also be required to participate in 20 hours of professional development in the course of the study period. This will serve to highlight the importance of continual skills development for these emerging health professionals.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate the rationale for specialised assessment in a range of conditions relevant to advanced physiotherapy practice;
  • interpret pathologies in order to develop appropriate treatment plans relevant to advanced physiotherapy practice;
  • analyse and critically appraise the literature surrounding the relevant advanced physiotherapy practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (70%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (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 60% for the written exam.

Prerequisites: PS4001 OR (PS4101 AND PS4102)


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:

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

  • 40 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 8 hours online interactive lectures
  • 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.