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PHTY805 – Physiotherapy Practice A

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Mark Hancock
Contact via mark.hancock@mq.edu.au
See iLearn site
Tutor
Pearce Vander Meeden
Contact via pearce.vandermeeden@mq.edu.au
Tutor
Andrew Webster
Contact via andrew.webster@mq.edu.au
Tutor
Tim Noblet
Contact via tim.noblet@mq.edu.au
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
PHTY800 and PHTY801 and PHTY802 and PHTY803
Corequisites Corequisites
PHTY804 and PHTY806
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This is the first of two units to develop knowledge, skills and attributes required by physiotherapists to assess and treat clients of all ages with disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The focus of this unit is on common musculoskeletal conditions of the spine. This unit builds on knowledge and skill attained in session 1 and integrates with the concurrent unit PHTY804 Evidence-based Health care. Students will develop the ability to select and implement interventions based on clinical reasoning, principles of evidence-based practice and safety in preparation for clinical placements next session.

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. Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine and understand the principles of physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  2. Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  3. Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  4. Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis using the model of diagnostic triage and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  5. Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  6. Describe the efficacy of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers.
  7. Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.
  8. Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for both assessment and treatment

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 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 Due
Mastery of Clinical Skills 5% 9th June
Clinical simulation exam 1 25% Week 6
Clinical simulation exam 2 30% Week 14-16 exam period
Written examination 40% Week 14-16 exam period

Mastery of Clinical Skills

Due: 9th June
Weighting: 5%

There will be 10 key practical skills that each student should aim to demonstrate proficiency in by the end of semester. It is the student's responsibility to seek a peer to review their performance and then sign off when they believe a proficient standard has been met. After peer sign off, students should ask their tutor to assess their performance.  When students demonstrate competency in a skill the tutor will sign their mastery register during class using PebblePocket


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Describe the efficacy of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for both assessment and treatment

Clinical simulation exam 1

Due: Week 6
Weighting: 25%

Students will perform a practical exam involving assessment of a person with spinal pain. Further details are available on ilearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine and understand the principles of physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for both assessment and treatment

Clinical simulation exam 2

Due: Week 14-16 exam period
Weighting: 30%

Students will perform a practical exam involving treatment of a person with spinal pain. Further details are available on ilearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine and understand the principles of physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis using the model of diagnostic triage and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Describe the efficacy of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers.
  • Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for both assessment and treatment

Written examination

Due: Week 14-16 exam period
Weighting: 40%

Final written examination covering all content from this unit.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine and understand the principles of physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis using the model of diagnostic triage and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Describe the efficacy of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers.
  • Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.

Delivery and Resources

Assumed knowledge

This unit assumes that you have a good understanding of all content delivered in semester A. In particular this unit will draw from your previous knowledge on spinal anatomy, history taking, performing a physical examination and exercise prescription.

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).

Unit Organisation

This is a four credit point unit run over a 13 week session. There is an average of one hour of lecture content each week but some weeks the lecture is two hours while in other weeks there is no lecture. Each week there are two tutorials of two hours each. 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 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. 

Unit Schedule

 

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 http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

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

  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine and understand the principles of physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis using the model of diagnostic triage and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.

Assessment tasks

  • Mastery of Clinical Skills
  • Clinical simulation exam 1
  • Clinical simulation exam 2
  • Written examination

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

  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis using the model of diagnostic triage and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Describe the efficacy of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers.
  • Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for both assessment and treatment

Assessment tasks

  • Mastery of Clinical Skills
  • Clinical simulation exam 1
  • Clinical simulation exam 2
  • Written examination

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

  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine and understand the principles of physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis using the model of diagnostic triage and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Describe the efficacy of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers.
  • Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for both assessment and treatment

Assessment tasks

  • Mastery of Clinical Skills
  • Clinical simulation exam 1
  • Clinical simulation exam 2
  • Written examination

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

  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine and understand the principles of physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis using the model of diagnostic triage and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Describe the efficacy of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers.
  • Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.

Assessment tasks

  • Clinical simulation exam 1
  • Clinical simulation exam 2
  • Written examination

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

  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine and understand the principles of physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Describe the efficacy of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers.
  • Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for both assessment and treatment

Assessment tasks

  • Mastery of Clinical Skills
  • Clinical simulation exam 1
  • Clinical simulation exam 2

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

  • Demonstrate competency in screening for serious spinal pathologies and understand the appropriate course of action for those suspected of having such pathology.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, in the framework of the biopsychosocial model, including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis using the model of diagnostic triage and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with spinal pain to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  • Develop and implement a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for both assessment and treatment

Assessment tasks

  • Mastery of Clinical Skills
  • Clinical simulation exam 1
  • Clinical simulation exam 2
  • Written examination

Changes from Previous Offering

No substantial changes are planned for this unit in 2017