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PS1001 - Introduction to Physiotherapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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

The subject will present an overview of the history of the physiotherapy profession along with issues relating to evidence-based practice. Research and literature search skills will be developed. Students will gain foundation knowledge and skills in the application of selected physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques. These include massage, application of heat, ice and wax, exercise prescription and joint examination.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate safety and competence in the application of selected physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques;
  • ability to evaluate the evidence regarding physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques;
  • explain the physiological rationale for the application of selected physiotherapy treatment techniques;
  • demonstrate the ability to analyse various movement patterns on the basis of anatomical knowledge, musculoskeletal analysis and related biomechanical principles.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Carol Flavell.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures - 2 hour/week
  • 44 hours practicals - Two 2-hour practicals/week
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (30%); assignments (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to achieve a pass grade in the practical examinations in order 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.