Introduction to Physiotherapy

Course code PHTY1040Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

An introduction to physiotherapy skills: basic health evaluation and measurement skills and related knowledge needed for general physiotherapy practice.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. apply basic biomedical and behavioural knowledge to the measurement and evaluation of various parameters of physical function;
2. appropriately select and correctly demonstrate basic measurement and evaluation procedures used for assessing parameters of physical function; appreciating age, gender and ethical considerations;
3. discuss methodological issues related to basic measurement and evaluation skills used in physiotherapy practice.

This course is a mandatory program component for students in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program
Content- Massage: techniques, regional adaptation, and indications/contraindications
- Basic evaluation and measurement procedures used for assessing joint range of motion, including relevant biomechanical concepts, techniques and tools
- Basic evaluation and measurement procedures used for assessing muscle performance, including length, strength and endurance
- Basic evaluation and measurement procedures used for assessing posture, including observation, alignment and common postural presentations
- Basic evaluation and measurement procedures used for assessing cardio-respiratory function, including heart rate, blood pressure and fitness testing
- Considerations of age and gender in the basic evaluation and measurement of various parameters of physical function
- Methodological concepts relevant to measurement, including repeatability, reliability and validity.
Replacing Course(s)PHTY1010
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal2hrs written examination. Assesses objectives 1,3.
Other: (please specify)Practical/viva examination (30 mins) (week 13) Assesses objective 2.
Other: (please specify)Practical/viva examination (15 mins) (week 7) Assesses objective 2.
Contact HoursPractical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentB Physiotherapy
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHTY1040