This is a four credit point unit run over a 13 week session. Most weeks there is a two hour lecture and on selected weeks there is a two hour tutorial. Further information is available via the PHTY803 online Learning Management System (LMS) iLearn http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
This unit builds on your previous degree and assumes you have effective communication, research and literacy skills expected of a graduate student. It draws specifically on the pre-requisite knowledge areas of psychology and research methods.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
This unit will have a 2 hour lecture every week and five 2 hour tutorials. Students will also spend 70 hours across the semester participating in the Health and Wellbeing Collaboration (HAWC) program. Participation in the HAWC program is a major component of the unit of study. This involves following the health care experiences of 2 volunteers from the community. 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 rely heavily on students reporting and reflecting on experiences during HAWC.
Textbooks and Readings
There are no essential text books for this unit. The following text will be a useful resource and is available in the library reserve. Recommendations about specific readings from this and other resources (such as research papers, books, websites and videos) will be listed on iLearn.
- Higgs J, Smith M, Webb J, Skinner M, Croker A (2009). Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier
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/
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.
Should you choose to work off campus you will need to have access to a reliable internet connection in order to retrieve unit information & at times to submit assessment tasks via iLearn. You will be expected to accumulate 70 hours with your HAWC volunteers as part of this unit. You may be expected to drive as part of your HAWC visits and to be in pairs during all visits. For further information about the HAWC program refer to the iLearn site for PHTY803.