This unit builds and integrates material from foundation sciences, clinical placements and the three core areas of cardio-pulmonary, neurorehabilitation and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. It also assumes you have a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures will provide foundation knowledge and also use large group demonstrations and 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 then translate this knowledge to different scenarios (e.g. patients with slightly different presentations).
This is a four credit point unit run over a 13 week session. Within this session there will be two hours of lecture content and two hours of tutorials in Week 1, and in Weeks 8-13. Further information is available in iLearn.
Students will also spend 70 hours across the semester participating in the Health and Wellbeing Collaboration (HAWC) program, of which approximately 35 hours is aligned with this unit. HAWC participation will involve attendance at group and clinical observation sessions, as well as approximately 10 hours of participation in the e-HAWC program. This will enable students to experience first-hand the content covered in lectures and tutorials in units of study, and gain a much deeper understanding of the health care system and a physiotherapist’s role in it. The assessments in this unit will draw upon students experiences during their HAWC hours.
All lectures and tutorials are scheduled in your individual timetable. You may make a request to your tutor 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 the majority of learning occurs. Failure to attend may impact your final results. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their tutor by email to inform tutors if they are going to be absent. The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/.
Unit materials and readings
There is no compulsory textbook for this unit. Weekly readings will come from journal articles as well as a range of text book chapters and multimedia sources. Specific information will be provided on the unit iLearn site.
Technology and equipment
Teaching rooms are equipped with state of art audio-visual and ICT equipment including 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 & at times to submit assessment tasks via iLearn.
Consultation with staff: All staff will be available for individual consultation. See iLearn for contact details and times.