PHYSIOTH 1000 - Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

In this course students will be introduced to a community engagement experience and develop relevant personal and professional skills. An understanding of the history of the physiotherapy profession, scope of practice and professional behaviour as outlined by codes of practice will be introduced. Students will explore critical thinking, reflection and communication, and the development of professional identity as a health practitioner will be introduced. The course will involve a series of lectures, practical sessions, workshops, online components and a work integrated learning experience that will assist in the development of professional skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSIOTH 1000
    Course Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice
    Coordinating Unit Physiotherapy
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
    Course Description In this course students will be introduced to a community engagement experience and develop relevant personal and professional skills. An understanding of the history of the physiotherapy profession, scope of practice and professional behaviour as outlined by codes of practice will be introduced. Students will explore critical thinking, reflection and communication, and the development of professional identity as a health practitioner will be introduced. The course will involve a series of lectures, practical sessions, workshops, online components and a work integrated learning experience that will assist in the development of professional skills.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Amanda Maddern

    Course Coordinator: Amanda Maddern
    Email: amanda.maddern@adelaide.edu.au
    Location Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building

    Tutor: Ellen O'Callaghan
    Email: ellen.ocallaghan@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building


    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Timetable information can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe physiotherapy practice in Australia, including history, scope of practice, practice thresholds, codes of conduct, and the regulatory frameworks that govern the profession.
    2 Explain the importance of effective communication and cultural safety with people from diverse backgrounds, including peers, supervisors and people in the community.
    3 Discuss self-perceptions of the physiotherapy profession in community practice.
    4 Identify and assess activities in physiotherapy practice, in the context of community practice.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3, 4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    2

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 3, 4

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    2

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    2

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No textbook required. Scientific articles and online readings will be made available on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    All notes, resource manuals and papers for lectures, practicals, tutorial sessions and assessment tasks are available on MyUni as well as lists of suitable readings, online quizzes and links to external websites.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The approach to learning and teaching involves students’ progression through seven weeks of dedicated coursework. During these seven weeks, students will explore the domains of physiotherapy practice, familiarise themselves with the profession’s regulating bodies, and learn about the code of conduct. Each week will be comprised of a lecture, workshop, practical class and online activities. Students will attend observational placements in a variety of clinical settings in weeks 8-11. There will be a debriefing workshop in the final week to allow students to share their experiences from the observational placements.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Practicals: 7 x 2 hours = 14 hours
    Workshops: 7 x 2 hours = 14 hours
    Placement: 4 x 4 hours = 16 hours
    Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
    Preparation for Practical and Workshop Sessions: 1 hour per session = 14 hours
    Preparation for Placement: 3 hours per session = 12 hours
    Preparation for Assessment Tasks = 35 hours
    Weekly reading and online modules: 4 hours per week = 48 hours
    TOTAL = 155 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    The following content will be covered within this course:

    • Introduction to the physiotherapy profession
    • The history of physiotherapy in Australia
    • The different domains of physiotherapy
    • Physiotherapy code of conduct and scope of practice
    • Informed consent and the foundations of touch
    • Subjective assessment in physiotherapy
    • Objective assessment in physiotherapy
    • Repeated and standardised patient assessment
    • Basic concepts of physiotherapeutic treatment and management
    • Therapeutic management, planning, and self-management
    • Public health approach to physiotherapy treatment, introducing health promotion and public health
    • Introduction to cardiorespiratory physiotherapy
    • Introduction to neurological physiotherapy
    • Introduction to musculoskeletal physiotherapy
    • Introduction to aged-care physiotherapy
    • Introduction to paediatric physiotherapy

    Students will also be required to undertake four observational clinical placements in a variety of clinical settings, providing them with first-hand experience to support the theoretical content.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment for Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice consists of:

    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Examination Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assignment Summative 20% 1, 2, 4
    Continuous Assessment Formative & Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Detailed information, including due dates, can be found in the MyUni wesbite for this course.
    Assessment Detail

    Examination (40%) – The final examination consists of a written and practical component:

    1. Written examination (20%): Students will complete an end-of-semester written examination within the University exam period covering content delivered within the course.
    2. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (20%): Students will complete an end-of-semester OSCE covering practical skills that reflect the learning activities as covered for the different domains of physiotherapy.

    Assignment (20%) - Students will complete an assignment related to the physiotherapy code of conduct and professional and culturally safe behaviour. The assignment is an analysis of a case study.

    Continuous Assessment (40%) - Continuous assessment tasks will occur frequently throughout scheduled course time and will not require additional preparation time beyond normal expectations. The continuous assessment consists of three parts:

    1. A discussion board post and responses to other students’ posts (formative assessment, not moderated)
    2. Three online quizzes (10% each) (summative assessment, not moderated)
    3. A written reflective submission following the observational placements (10%, moderated)
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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