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PHTY806 – Physiotherapy Practice B

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Kathryn Mills
Contact via kathryn.mills@mq.edu.au
email for appointment
Tutor
Joel Fuller
Contact via joel.fuller@mq.edu.au
email for appointment
Tutor
Tim Foulcher
Contact via tim.foulcher@mq.edu.au
email for appointment
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
PHTY800 and PHTY801 and PHTY802 and PHTY803
Corequisites Corequisites
PHTY804 and PHTY805
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This is the second of two units on the development of 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 peripheral joints in the upper and lower limbs. 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 upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  2. Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  3. Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  4. Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb to provide appropriate information about their diagnosis and prognosis and to select a treatment with consideration of the individual’s preferences and expectations.
  5. Describe the efficacy of physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  6. Develop a person-centred physiotherapy plan that addresses the individual’s goals, utilises evidence-based treatment and is evaluated using appropriate outcome measures.
  7. 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 Hurdle Due
Mastery of Clinical Skills 5% Due Week 13
Clinical Simulation Exam 1 25% Week 6
Clinical Simulation Exam 2 30% End of Session Exam Period
Written Examination 40% End of Session exam period

Mastery of Clinical Skills

Due: Due Week 13
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:
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb 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 simulate physiotherapy management of a peripheral musculoskeletal condition of the upper limb, with a student colleague who will simulate the patient.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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

Clinical Simulation Exam 2

Due: End of Session Exam Period
Weighting: 30%

Students will simulate physiotherapy management of a peripheral musculoskeletal condition of the lower limb, with a student colleague who will simulate the patient.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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: End of Session exam period
Weighting: 40%

This written examination will cover all content from this unit.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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

Delivery and Resources

Technology and Equipment

Teaching rooms are equipped with state of the art audio-visual and ICT equipment, including:

  • iPads
  • Wireless internet connection
  • High quality video cameras
  • Mutliple LCD screens

Videos of assessment and treatment techniques have been prepared by the teaching team and will be available on iLearn.

Textbooks: It is recommended that you purchase the following textbook for this unit: Brukner & Kahn "Clinical Sports Medicine", 4th Edition. Copies are available in the MQ library and in the Co-op bookshop.

Other books that may be useful references for this unit are:

1. Magee "Orthopaedic Physical Assessment", 5th Edition.

2. Richert B. "Palpation Techniques: Surface Anaotmy for Physical Therapists". 2011. Thieme.

3. Cook C. Hegedus E. "Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests". 2nd Edition. 2013 Pearson

 

Consultation with Staff

All staff will be available for individual consultation. See iLearn for contact details and times

 

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Lectures will provide foundation knowledge and also incorporate large group discussions and demonstrations.

Tutorials will focus on the development of technical skills and clinical reasoning. Tutorial content will be based on case studies and situated in authentic learning environments to optimally prepare students for their clinical placements the following semester.

iLearn: This unit's iLearn site will provide weekly resources for students, including:

  • lecture notes
  • tutorial worksheets
  • preparation and consolidation material
  • videos
  • other teaching resources
  • assessment details

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

  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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

  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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

  • 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 upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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 upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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

  • 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 upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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 - 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

  • Describe common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb and understand the principles of surgical interventions and physiotherapy treatment of these conditions in primary care.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment of people with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower limbs including a comprehensive history and physical examination and screening for predictors of persistent pain and disability.
  • Analyse assessment findings to form a diagnosis and a prioritised list of problems in impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating with people with disorders of the upper limb and lower limb 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 physiotherapy treatments for musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb and lower limb based on current evidence and demonstrate competence in implementing these treatments with peers
  • Develop 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

  • Clinical Simulation Exam 1
  • Clinical Simulation Exam 2

Changes from Previous Offering

The Mastery checklist has been reduced from 10% of the assessment load to 5% load. This checklist is now being submitted via PebblePocket rather than via hard copy