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PS1002 - Introduction to Physiotherapy Applications

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

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

Students will develop skills to enhance their interactions with patients and will gain foundation knowledge and skills in the application of selected physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques. These include joint examination, electro physical applications, gait analysis and hydrotherapy. Issues of safety and the evidence base for the interventions will be emphasised. Students will have the opportunity to undertake site visits to develop professional knowledge. Successful completion of this subject will provide students with foundation skills required for future clinical practice experiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate safety and competence in the application of selected physiotherapy modalities, treatment and assessment techniques;
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate the evidence regarding physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques;
  • apply theoretical knowledge from scientific disciplines (anatomy, physiology and biomechanics) when undertaking joint examinations and applying electrophysical agents.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • 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.
Prerequisites: BM1041 AND PS1001


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Carol Flavell
Lecturers: Dr Carol Flavell, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour/week
  • 46 hours practicals - Two 2-hour practicals/week
  • 12 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (55%); other exams (30%); assignments (15%).
Special Assessment Requirements: To pass this subject students are required to (1) achieve a pass grade in the practical examination and in the written examination paper (2) demonstrate competence in the application of electro-physical agents and (3) attend JCU arranged clinical placement, submit a completed Review of Placement (online feedback/survey), a logbook and portfolio. Requirements (2) and (3) have no mark allocation in 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.