PHYSIOTH 2001 - Applied Physiotherapy Practice A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

In this course, you will build on professional practice knowledge developed in first year, extend your clinical reasoning skills and develop physiotherapy assessment and management skills. You will explore the professional practice issues of informed consent, maintaining privacy and confidentiality, risk assessment, goal setting and effective communication and cultural safety in relation to physiotherapy practice. You will apply clinical reasoning frameworks to lower limb and cardiothoracic cases. You will learn physiotherapy assessment and management skills for lower limb neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. Basic assessments for the cardiothoracic region will be introduced, which will be further developed in third year.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSIOTH 2001
    Course Applied Physiotherapy Practice A
    Coordinating Unit Physiotherapy
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Restrictions Restricted to B. Physiotherapy (Honours) students only
    Assessment Final Examination, assignment and continuous assessment tasks
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Cameron Dickson

    Course Coordinator: Cameron Dickson
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3676
    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 Apply professional practices in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy in clinical contexts.
    2 Apply clinical reasoning to clinical scenarios in a range of neuromusculoskeletal settings and contexts, including working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
    3 Select and complete appropriate safe, effective, and evidence-based patient-centred assessments of the lower-limb neuromusculoskeletal systems.
    4 Develop and explain effective evidence-based intervention/management plans for lower-limb neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions.
    5 Prepare and discuss management plans with clients using appropriate patient-centred communication techniques.
    6 Apply informed consent maintain privacy and confidentiality, and perform risk assessment and goal setting.
    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.

    3, 4

    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, 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.

    5, 6

    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, 5, 6

    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, 5

    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.


    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.

    1, 6
  • Learning Resources
    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 delivery mode to ensure the course materials are aligned to and facilitate student achievement of learning outcomes. Learning activities will include workshop and practical sessions, self-paced on-line activities and interactive group sessions.

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

    Practicals: 12 x 2 hours = 24 hours
    Workshops: 12 x 2 hours = 24 hours
    Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
    Preparation for Practical and 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

    Students will cover the areas listed below relating to musculoskeletal presentations, in particular of the lower limb:

    • Subjective Assessment
    • Objective Assessment
    • Analysis and Clinical Reasoning
    • Planning and Managing Risk including Manual Handling and the Hierarchy of Control
    • Treatment Principles including Principles of Tissue Healing and Exercise Prescription
    • Assessment and Management of the Hip, Groin, Thigh, Knee, Calf, Ankle & Foot
    • Therapeutic Massage
    • Therapeutic Cold and Heat Therapy
    • Goal Setting
    • Outcome Measures – Subjective and Objective
    • Reassessment
    • Prescription and Use of Gait aids for Patient Transfers
    • Mobility Assessment

    Students will continue to apply and build on areas they have previously learned about in other courses including professional practice, informed consent, maintaining privacy and confidentiality, effective communication, cultural safety and critical thinking.

    During the second half of the semester students will explore common neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and conditions affecting the lower limb, including learning physiotherapy assessment and management, in both of the lectures, and practical classes. In the workshop classes, students will apply clinical reasoning to common neuro-musculoskeletal lower limb related cases with regions including the hip, groin, thigh, knee, calf/lower leg and foot/ankle.

  • 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
    OSCE Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Assignment Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Continuous Assessment Summative & Formative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Detailed information, including due dates, can be found in the MyUni wesbite for this course.
    Assessment Detail

    Objective Structured Clinical Examination(s) OSCE (2 x 20%): OSCEs covering the assessment and treatment of the lower limb will be held. One OSCE will be conducted mid-semester and the other will be scheduled in the University’s Examination period.

    Assignment (20%): Students will complete a case study analysis incorporating a literature review and clinical reasoning relating to assessment and management of a common lower limb neuromusculoskeletal presentations. This will give the students the opportunity to delve into a specific peripheral/lower-limb injury and explore the anatomy, pathophysiology, physiotherapy assessment, clinical reasoning and intervention. Individual feedback will be provided to each student via MyUni.

    Continuous Assessment (40%): Continuous assessment tasks will occur frequently throughout scheduled course time and will not require additional preparation time beyond normal expectations. This includes the following:

    • Four quizzes focusing on the lower limb (10% each)
    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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