This unit assumes that you have a good understanding of all content delivered in Semesters A-C. This unit draws on knowledge related to musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, and then extends that knowledge to cover specific patient populations.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures will provide foundation knowledge and also use large group discussion, enabling students to use tutorial time efficiently to develop technical skills and clinical reasoning. The teaching approach will be based on students developing a deep understanding of the principles and the ability to independently solve problems. The expectation is therefore that students can translate this knowledge to different scenarios eg patients with slightly different presentation, ages or family conditions.
This is a four credit point unit run over a 13 week session. There is a one hour lecture and a two hour tutorial most weeks. Students will also spend 70 hours across the semester (shared between PHTY 812 and PHTY 814) participating in the Health and well-being Collaboration (HAWC) program. Participation in the HAWC program is a major component of the unit of study. This involves following the health care experience of a paediatric volunteer from the community. This will enable students to gain a much deeper understanding of the paediatric health care system. The assessments in this unit rely heavily on experience gained during their HAWC hours.
All lectures and tutorials are scheduled in your individual timetable. You may request to the unit convenor to attend a different tutorial on a one-off basis for extenuating circumstances. In most cases, lectures are recorded; however, attendance is expected at both lectures and tutorials, as this is where much of the learning occurs. Failure to attend may impact your final results. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their tutor by email if they are going to be absent. The timetable for classes can be found on the University website at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au and a week by week timetable will be available on iLearn.
Unit Materials and Readings
The following textbook is recommended but not essential. An electronic copy of this textbook is available through the library.
Campbell, SK (2012) Physical Therapy for Children (4th edition) Philadelphia: Saunders
Recommendations about specific readings from these and other resources (such as research papers, books, websites and videos) will be listed on iLearn.
Technology and equipment
Teaching rooms are equipped with state of art audio-visual and ICT equipment using ipads, internet connection, high quality video cameras and multiple LCD screens. Students will use a range of physiotherapy specific equipment typically used in the assessment and management of people with a range of health conditions.
To study optimally when off campus you will need to have access to a reliable internet connection to retrieve unit information and at times to submit assessment tasks via iLearn.
Videos relevant to many of the tutorials will be available on the iLearn site.
Consultation with staff: All staff will be available for individual consultation. See iLearn for contact details and times.