PHYSIOTH 1000 - Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

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 Restricted to Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)students only
    Assessment Final examination, various assignments and continuous assessment tasks
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rutger de Zoete

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rutger de Zoete
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3034

    Location: Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building

    Student & Program Support Services Hub
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5336
    Location: Ground Floor, Helen Mayo North
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 3, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 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.

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

    Lectures: 7 x 1 hour = 7 hours
    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: 3 hours per week = 36 hours
    TOTAL = 150 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.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Whilst no offical SGDE will be offered in this course, there will be numerous opportunities throughout the semester to work in groups with other students.
  • 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%) - Students will complete an end-of-semester written examination covering regulatory organisations of physiotherapy in Australia, the different domains of physiotherapy, the physiotherapy code of conduct and scope of practice, informed consent and the foundations of touch, subjective and objective assessment in physiotherapy, basic concepts of physiotherapeutic treatment and management, planning, and self-management, and public health approaches to 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:
    • A discussion board post and responses to other students’ posts (formative assessment, not moderated)
    • Three online quizzes (10% each) (summative assessment, not moderated)
    • A written reflective submission following the observational placements (10%, moderated)
    Detailed information on assessment task submission can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
    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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