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PS4004 - Advanced Topics in Physiotherapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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 including burns, paediatrics, hand therapy and occupational health and safety. 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.
Prerequisites: PS4001 OR (PS4101 AND PS4102)


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Carol Flavell, Miss Amy Combers
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones, Dr Carol Flavell.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 29 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (70%); assignments (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass the end of semester exam to pass the subject.

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.