PHYSIOTH 2000 - Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

In this course, students will be introduced to human development across the lifespan from infants through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age. The principles of physiotherapy practice will be explored across the lifespan in the context of models of health including the World Health Organization - International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (WHO-ICF). Students will develop skills and knowledge in the promotion of health and wellbeing of themselves and others. The course is designed to integrate and apply learning from previous courses. This is a blended learning course comprised of workshops supported by online learning tasks and materials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSIOTH 2000
    Course Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan
    Coordinating Unit Physiotherapy
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PHYSIOTH 1001 and HLTH SC 1401
    Restrictions Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
    Course Description In this course, students will be introduced to human development across the lifespan from infants through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age. The principles of physiotherapy practice will be explored across the lifespan in the context of models of health including the World Health Organization - International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (WHO-ICF). Students will develop skills and knowledge in the promotion of health and wellbeing of themselves and others. The course is designed to integrate and apply learning from previous courses. This is a blended learning course comprised of workshops supported by online learning tasks and materials.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Meredith Smith

    Course Coordinator: Meredith Smith
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7149
    Email: meredith.smith@adelaide.edu.au
    Location Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building

    Tutor: Trish Serocki
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3656
    Email: trish.serocki@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 Define the stages of human development across the lifespan and implications for Physiotherapy practice.
    2 Apply psychological theories and concepts of human behaviour across the lifespan to real-world settings in the promotion of health and wellbeing.
    3 Apply the principles of person-centred communication and interpersonal skills in the context of people from a variety of backgrounds and ages, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
    4 Explain the role of Interprofessional practice when working with people across the lifespan.
    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.

    2

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    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.

    -

    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.

    3

    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.

    3

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

    -

    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.

    4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Textbook:  Cronin, A & Mandich, MB 2015, Human Development and Performance Throughout the Lifespan, Cengage, Mason, OH.

    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

    Learning in this course is supported by a blended learning model that uses a mixture of delivery modes to ensure the course materials are aligned to and facilitate student achievement of learning outcomes. Learning activities will include workshop sessions, self-paced on-line activities and interactive group sessions.

    Workload

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

    Workshops: 24 x 2 hours = 48 hours
    Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
    Preparation for Workshop Sessions: 1 hour per session = 24 hours
    Preparation for Assessment Tasks = 30 hours
    Weekly reading: 2 hours per week = 24 hours
    Online Modules: 2 hours per week = 24 hours
    TOTAL = 152 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    The following content is delivered in this course:

    • Principles of health and wellbeing
    • Childhood – typical child development, play, conditions affecting development
    • Adolescence – exercise, issues in adolescent development, nutrition and health, sleep
    • Young adulthood – reflective practice, stress management
    • Middle adulthood – chronic health conditions, Aboriginal health
    • Older adulthood – ageing, falls risk and prevention, common conditions, exercise prescription, spirituality
    • Behaviour change & motivational interviewing
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Examination Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4
    OSCE Summative 20% 2, 3 
    Continuous Assessment Formative & Summative 40% 1, 2, 4
    Detailed information, including due dates, can be found in the MyUni wesbite for this course.
    Assessment Detail

    Examination (40%): A written examination covering entire course content will be held during the University’s examination period.

    OSCE (20%): Students will complete an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The OSCE will require students to apply learned skills to a case study, with an oral reflection component.

    Continuous Assessment (40%): Continuous assessment tasks will occur frequently throughout scheduled course time and will not require additional preparation time beyond normal expectations. Assessment tasks will include in class or online quizzes. Feedback to students will be provided by academic staff and tutors regularly throughout the semester and following completion of the assessment task(s).

    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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