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PSIO11004 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 1
Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 1
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General Information


This unit introduces you to the physiotherapy profession, including regulatory, ethical and legal frameworks underpinning practice within the context of the changing healthcare environment. This unit includes fundamental aspects of physiotherapy practice, including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Framework, communications skills and the therapeutic relationship, cultural competence, inter-professional healthcare, and gathering, analysing and problem-solving information through a process of clinical reasoning. You will also develop practical skills in relation to subjective examination, therapeutic massage, assessment of posture and movement, patient manual handling, walking aid prescription, and clinical documentation.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in this unit, you must be enrolled in the CB85 Course and meet the following co-requisites: BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1ALLH11001 Introduction to Allied Health PracticeALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 25%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail
4. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 45%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit evaluation data, direct student feedback, self reflection.


The tutorial and practical manual supported student learning and improved their learning experience.


It is recommended that the tutorial and practical manual should continue to be used as an essential learning resource for this unit.

Feedback from Unit evaluation data, direct student feedback, self reflection.


The interprofessional class with occupational therapy students was a valuable learning experience.


It is recommended that the manual handling class with occupational therapy be continued. To maximise learning, it is recommended that interprofessional groups be required and additional strategies be put in place to manage the large class size (e.g., booking of two synchronous tutorial rooms and hiring of additional mobility equipment).

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviours consistent with a physiotherapy practitioner
  2. Apply principles of evidence-based physiotherapy practice in the context of client-centred and inter-professional healthcare utilising the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Framework (ICF)
  3. Demonstrate effective skills in communication and the therapeutic relationship through conducting and documenting a subjective examination
  4. Demonstrate theoretical and applied knowledge in human movement, including patient handling and walking aid prescription
  5. Demonstrate theoretical and applied knowledge of therapeutic massage.

Learning outcomes and assessment tasks have been mapped against and aligned with the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 25%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - On-campus Activity - 0%
4 - Practical Assessment - 45%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 25%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - On-campus Activity - 0%
4 - Practical Assessment - 45%
Textbooks and Resources



Clinical Outcome Measurement in Adult Neurological Physiotherapy

Edition: 4th (2010)
Authors: Keith Hill, Sonia Denisenko, Kim Miller, Tamara Clements, Frances Batchelor and Prue Morgan
Australian Physiotherapy Association National Neurology Group
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9781875107131
Binding: Spiral

Orthopedic Physical Assessment

7th Edition (2020)
Authors: David Magee
Elsevier - Health Sciences Division
ISBN: 9780323522991
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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