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PS4004 - Advanced Topics in Physiotherapy

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

This subject will introduce students to several selected areas of specialised physiotherapy practice. Skills and knowledge gained over the duration of the course will be applied to clinical areas including burns, paediatrics, amputees and occupational health and safety. In addition, students will 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

  • through acquiring 20 or more hours of professional development training, display the commitment to skills development and life-long learning which will be vital to professional growth throughout the student's career;
  • explain the rationale for assessment and treatment of individuals in specialised practice settings such as amputees, burns and occupational health and safety;
  • demonstrate understanding of occupational health and safety principles and legislation.

Graduate Qualities

  • 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 think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: PS4001 OR (PS4101 AND PS4102)


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Susan Gordon, Dr Jackie Reznik.
Workload expectations:
  • 29 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
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.