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PHTY815 – Physiotherapy, Healthcare and Society

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Tim Noblet
Contact via tim.noblet@mq.edu.au
See ilearn site
Lecturer and tutor
Michael Ryan
Contact via michael.j.ryan@mq.edu.au
Lecturer and tutor
Angela Stark
Contact via angela.stark@mq.edu.au
Lecturer and tutor
Kate Scrivener
Contact via kate.scrivener@mq.edu.au
Lecturer and tutor
Verity Pacey
Contact via verity.pacey@mq.edu.au
Lecturer and tutor
Stephanie Wicks
Lecturer
Lisa Harvey
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
PHTY808 and PHTY809 and PHTY810 and PHTY811
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit includes three modules: an advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy module, an advanced clinical reasoning module addressing complex patient-centred health care in society, and a preparatory research module. In the musculoskeletal module, students will develop advanced manual therapy skills. In the advanced clinical reasoning module, students will develop skills in the assessment and management planning for patients with multisystem or complex problems. In this unit students, will build on and integrate material from their clinical placements, the core areas of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy as well as foundation sciences and advanced anatomy. The preparatory research module will assist students in developing scientific writing skills and critiquing current literature to identify areas of further research required.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and conduct an assessment of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  2. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to interpret and analyse complex assessment findings to form a diagnosis and prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restriction.
  3. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  4. Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  5. Perform advanced manual therapy techniques with safety and competence.
  6. Determine a plan of monitoring and evaluation that uses appropriate outcome measures during the assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  7. Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  8. Demonstrate scientific writing skills incorporating the ability to critique current literature and provide justification for an appropriate research question.

General Assessment Information

Information concerning Macquarie University's assessment policy is available at http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html. Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading requirements are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, which is available at: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/schedule_1.html

To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes and attempt all three of the assessment tasks.

Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn, including marking rubrics.

All final grades in the department of Health Professions are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.

Students will be awarded one of these grades plus a Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG). The SNG is not necessarily a summation of the individual assessment components. The final grade and SNG that are awarded reflect the corresponding grade descriptor in Schedule 1 of the Assessment Policy.

Extensions for Assessment Tasks

Applications for assessment task extensions must be submitted via www.ask.mq.edu.au . For further details please refer to the Disruption to Studies Policy available at http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Late Submission of Work

All assignments which are officially received after the due date, and where no extension has been granted by the course convenor or tutor, will incur a deduction of 10% for the first day, and 10% for each subsequent day including the actual day on which the work is received. Weekends and public holidays are included. For example:

Due Date

Received

Days Late

Deduction

Raw Mark

Final Mark

Friday, 14th

Monday, 17th

3

30%

75%

45%

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Practical exam 30% 10th April
Written report 30% 25th May
Viva exam 40% End of semester exam period

Practical exam

Due: 10th April
Weighting: 30%

 

Skills based practical exam on advanced manual therapy techniques


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Perform advanced manual therapy techniques with safety and competence.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.

Written report

Due: 25th May
Weighting: 30%

 

Report requires students to reflect, identify and justify their selection of dissertation topic area and associated research question


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate scientific writing skills incorporating the ability to critique current literature and provide justification for an appropriate research question.

Viva exam

Due: End of semester exam period
Weighting: 40%

 

Based on complex cases provided prior to the viva exam, students will be required to describe and justify evidence based assessment and treatment choices at an advanced level


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Design and conduct an assessment of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to interpret and analyse complex assessment findings to form a diagnosis and prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restriction.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Determine a plan of monitoring and evaluation that uses appropriate outcome measures during the assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.

Delivery and Resources

Assumed knowledge

This unit assumes that you have a good understanding of all content delivered in semester B across the core areas of physiotherapy practice. In particular the advanced manual therapy module draws strongly from PHTY805 and the research planning module draws strongly from PHTY804.

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. There are 3 key modules (research planning, advanced manual therapy and complex cases) all of which build on the skills and knowledge from semesters A, B and C with a focus now on increased complexity and integration of knowledge across core areas of physiotherapy.

Unit Organisation

This is a four credit point unit run over a 13 week session. There is an average of one  two hour lecture and two hour tutorial each week.  Further information is available in iLearn.

Attendance

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 and a range of text book chapters.  Most weekly readings will be available on e-reserve or as full text articles through the library. Where this is not possible a hard copy will be placed in the library reserve. Weekly readings will be listed on ilearn.

Technology and equipment

On-campus 

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.

Off-campus

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.

Videos of many of the assessment and treatment skills 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. 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Design and conduct an assessment of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to interpret and analyse complex assessment findings to form a diagnosis and prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restriction.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Perform advanced manual therapy techniques with safety and competence.
  • Determine a plan of monitoring and evaluation that uses appropriate outcome measures during the assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate scientific writing skills incorporating the ability to critique current literature and provide justification for an appropriate research question.

Assessment tasks

  • Practical exam
  • Written report
  • Viva exam

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Design and conduct an assessment of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to interpret and analyse complex assessment findings to form a diagnosis and prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restriction.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Perform advanced manual therapy techniques with safety and competence.
  • Determine a plan of monitoring and evaluation that uses appropriate outcome measures during the assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate scientific writing skills incorporating the ability to critique current literature and provide justification for an appropriate research question.

Assessment tasks

  • Practical exam
  • Written report
  • Viva exam

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Design and conduct an assessment of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to interpret and analyse complex assessment findings to form a diagnosis and prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restriction.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Perform advanced manual therapy techniques with safety and competence.
  • Determine a plan of monitoring and evaluation that uses appropriate outcome measures during the assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate scientific writing skills incorporating the ability to critique current literature and provide justification for an appropriate research question.

Assessment tasks

  • Practical exam
  • Written report
  • Viva exam

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Design and conduct an assessment of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to interpret and analyse complex assessment findings to form a diagnosis and prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restriction.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Perform advanced manual therapy techniques with safety and competence.
  • Determine a plan of monitoring and evaluation that uses appropriate outcome measures during the assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate scientific writing skills incorporating the ability to critique current literature and provide justification for an appropriate research question.

Assessment tasks

  • Practical exam
  • Written report
  • Viva exam

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Design and conduct an assessment of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to interpret and analyse complex assessment findings to form a diagnosis and prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restriction.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Perform advanced manual therapy techniques with safety and competence.
  • Determine a plan of monitoring and evaluation that uses appropriate outcome measures during the assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate scientific writing skills incorporating the ability to critique current literature and provide justification for an appropriate research question.

Assessment tasks

  • Practical exam
  • Written report
  • Viva exam

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Design and conduct an assessment of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to interpret and analyse complex assessment findings to form a diagnosis and prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restriction.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities to develop a physiotherapy intervention plan for complex musculoskeletal and/or multisystem problems that addresses the individual’s goals and is based on best evidence.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions used to treat complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Perform advanced manual therapy techniques with safety and competence.
  • Determine a plan of monitoring and evaluation that uses appropriate outcome measures during the assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of advanced anatomical knowledge in the assessment and management of people with complex musculoskeletal problems or people with problems across multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate scientific writing skills incorporating the ability to critique current literature and provide justification for an appropriate research question.

Assessment tasks

  • Practical exam
  • Written report
  • Viva exam

Changes from Previous Offering

No substantial changes are planned for 2017.