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PSIO13002 - Professional Physiotherapy Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit aims to develop your ability to integrate the knowledge, physical skills, principles of evidence based practice and clinical reasoning, ethical and professional behaviours that are necessary for you to function competently as a physiotherapist. This will include a variety of settings and patient groups, with an emphasis on effective and patient-centred management plans, within the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in this unit you must be enrolled in the CB85 Course and meet the following pre-requisites:

ALLH11001 - Introduction to Allied Health Practice

PSYC11010 - Fundamentals of Psychology

MPAT12001 - Medical Pathophysiology

ALLH11006 - Life Course Development for Health Professionals

ALLH11009 - Research Methods for Health Professionals

PSIO12002 - Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

ALLH12006 - Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals

PSIO13001 - Neurological Physiotherapy

PSIO13007 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 3

PSIO13006 - Rehabilitation of Functional Movement

SOCL19065 - Rural Communities for Health

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. On-campus Activity 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 70%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 8.11% response rate.

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.

Source: Verbal and email feedback
Students found simulation positive and having the fourth year students as clinical supervisors was an excellent opportunity for them to understand clinical placements more.
Unit coordinator will encourage fourth year students to assist with the simulation block as clinical supervisors.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19 restrictions simulation was unable to be completed in 2020. The unit coordinator will attempt to complete this recommendation in 2021.
Source: Clinical Educator verbal and email feedback
Unit coordinator feels that the pre-placement briefing could include more detail on reflective practice to better prepare students for clinical placements.
Unit coordinator will review the pre-placement briefing sessions and potentially add additional topics to include reflective practice.
Action Taken
The pre-placement briefing sessions included more reflective practice discussion in 2020. Nil negative feedback has been received on this so unit coordinator will continue this in 2021.
Source: Emails, verbal feedback from Students and Educators
Do to COVID-19 the pre-placement simulation block was cancelled in 2020. Student results and preparation were affected.
It is recommended that the simulation block recommences in 2021 prior to the students commencing clinical placements.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
There needs to be transparency between the APP and the grade for the clinical placement.
It is recommended that the Unit Coordinator continues the pre-placement briefing sessions in 2021 and that they return to face to face. The unit coordinator will attempt to include more detail and examples for the students to understand the process.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate consistent adherence to the rules of professional conduct, including legal and ethical responsibilities, and take responsibility for your personal development as an autonomous physiotherapist
  2. Communicate effectively and efficiently with service users and the multi-disciplinary team in all aspects of your clinical practice
  3. Demonstrate competency at an entry level standard of practice in assessments, clinical reasoning, execution of techniques, and delivery of programmes to manage specifc clinical problems across a variety of services
  4. Critically reflect upon your clinical development and relate this to relevant published sources and practice based experience.

Per NPC1326

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Written Assessment