The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will 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 biomechanical and methodological issues related to basic measurement and evaluation skills used in physiotherapy practice.

4. Describe and demonstrate basic intervention techniques to improve physical function.


  • Massage: techniques, regional adaptation, and indications/contraindications
  • Basic evaluation and measurement procedures used for assessing joint range of motion, muscle length, and muscle strength
  • Basic evaluation and measurement procedures used for assessing posture, including observation, alignment and common postural presentations
  • Considerations of age and gender in the basic evaluation and measurement of various parameters of physical function
  • Methodological concepts relevant to measurement, including reliability, validity, and diagnostic accuracy
  • Basic exercise prescription to improve physical function deficits
  • Basic biomedical concepts of kinematics and kinetics, and the application of these concepts to the analysis of human movement


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Written Exam

Viva Voce: Practical Viva examinations

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term