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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kristin Lo and Alison Francis-Cracknell


PTY4070 continues to develop the five themes upon which the four year curriculum is based. These are:

  • Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development;
  • Theme 2: Population, Society and Health;
  • Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science;
  • Theme 4: Applied Practice; and
  • Theme 5: Research.
Delivery of physiotherapy services and ongoing case based learning provide opportunities for integration of the different themes within the course. Students undertake an extended clinical attachment (12 weeks) during this unit, providing them the opportunity to apply integrated knowledge and skills from previous learning in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to acute patient care.


There are 42 specific objectives for this unit that address the five themes outlined in the unit synopsis.


+ Summative assessment: Clinical (APP) assessment: 75%
+ Research Proposal (1000 words): 5%
+ Research Submission (2,500 words): 10%
+ Research presentation: 10%
+ Students must obtain a minimum of 50% in each of the five summative clinical assessments.
+ Hurdle requirements: Achieve a pass grade in each of five clinical assessments, complete a reflective portfolio and clinical log, complete a Learning Needs Form at the commencement and completion of each clinical major study area, complete self assessments using the Australian Physiotherapy Practice (APP) assessment tool and achieve an overall score of 50% on each of the sum of Items 1-6 (inclusive) and Items 7-20 (inclusive) by Clinician Evaluation using the APP tool for each clinical major study area.
To reflect everyday workplace practices, and in recognition of the importance of optimizing education in limited clinical placement hours, students are required to achieve 100% clinical attendance. Exceptions will be considered in cases of explained absence through illness, compassionate leave or a pre-arranged agreement with the University and health service facility.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Kristin Lo

Contact hours

12 weeks of acute physiotherapy clinical practice. Students will spend approximately 34 hours per week in their clinical placements. For every 2 clinical contact hours, students are expected to complete a minimum 1 additional hour of self directed learning and reflection related to their experiences in delivery of physiotherapy services, unit content, self-directed learning tasks, project design and execution and further reading as described in the PTY4070 Unit Guide and Clinical Manual.


PTY1011, PTY1022, PTY2031, PTY2042, PTY3051 and PTY3062.


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: