Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Physiotherapy
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kristin Lo


PTY4171 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 a clinical attachment (5 weeks) during this unit and complete self directed learning tasks, providing them the opportunity to apply integrated knowledge and skills from previous learning in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to acute, community or subacute patient care.


There are 42 specific objectives for the fourth year clinical units that address the five themes outlined in the unit synopsis


Hurdle requirement: Professional conduct- Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit. Students must submit valid police
check, WWC check, first aid certificate and annual CPR update documents to be signed off by administrative staff by the Wednesday prior to the first scheduled clinical placement in order to participate in clinical placements.
Hurdle requirements: attendance and participation, learning needs form, clinical log, self assessment using APP. Achieving 50% on Items 1-6 and on Items 7-20 inclusive on the APP for each clinical core placement.
Hurdle: achieve a pass in all summative assessments
Summative assessment:
Clinical (APP) assessment: 80%
Research proposal 10%
Research skills seminar 10%

Students must obtain a minimum of 50% in each of the two summative clinical assessments

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Contact hours

5 weeks of physiotherapy clinical practice and associated self directed learning time. Students will spend approximately 34 hours per week in their clinical placement. 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 PTY4171 Unit Guide and Clinical Manual.



Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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