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PS5101 - Clinical Expert Updates for Physiotherapy

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

Registered Australian Physiotherapist. Completion of an overseas recognised physiotherapy qualification. Completion of this subject within the degree Masters of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified physiotherapists.

Students enrolled in this subject will have access to some of Australia's foremost physiotherapy, health and medical practitioners. Lectures from up to 10 expert practitioners will be provided. The presentation topics will focus on current trends and innovations in practice in different areas of specialisation. The range of topics will be useful to the rural clinician in Australia and overseas. Teaching guides will be used to help students identify their own learning needs and goals within the various topic areas. Topics will address core clinical areas including cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal practice as well as specialty areas of practice such as burns, amputees and women's health. Assessment will be through application of the lecture content to the student's own clinical practice in case study format and a negotiated clinical experience.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically review the evidence presented in lectures and demonstrations, with respect to their level of knowledge and understanding;
  • demonstrate their critical analysis skills in evaluation of the material and the published literature on the topics presented;
  • develop mind maps which integrate and synthesise baseline knowledge with the new knowledge presented for each topic;
  • increase clinical skills and knowledge in an area of practice through a negotiated clinical experience.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Case study analysis - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Concept map - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Field report - (40%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - 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; pass every assessment; attend professional development activities.

Prerequisites: None


External, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coord/Lect: Mrs Moira Smith.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 20 hours online interactive lectures
  • 2 hours threaded online discussions
  • 14 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandOther

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.