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PS2002 - Physiotherapy 1

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 all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy IHCAP and the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours Programs.

The subject provides physiotherapy students with an introduction to acute care issues as they relate to physiotherapy practice. Students apply their knowledge of body systems, particularly the cardiopulmonary system, gained in BM1041:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 1 and BM1042:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Physiotherapy 2, to the analysis of clinical cases commonly seen in the acute health care setting. Students acquire assessment and intervention skills and further develop clinical reasoning abilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the effective communication skills required to produce a successful clinical interaction;
  • demonstrate proficient and safe performance of selected physiotherapy intervention techniques for individuals with acute care problems;
  • understand the structure and function of the bodies systems as it relates to key illnesses and diseases;
  • identify the impact of acute illness on functional capacity and the implications for physiotherapy;
  • competently perform an assessment of an individual with acute pathology and integrate findings with pathophysiological knowledge to produce a physiotherapy intervention plan.

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 communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND PS2004


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 52 hours practicals
  • 5 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (20%); presentations (10%); oral exam (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass the written exam and the oral exam in order to pass the subject. Students MUST pass each technique in the prac exam to pass the practical exam and students MUST pass the practical exam in order to pass the subject. Students must attend clinical placement to pass the subject.

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