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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject will provide physiotherapy students with a general conceptual and evidence-based background in foundational biomedical sciences that underpin physiotherapy clinical practice and research. It will build on and integrate assumed areas of knowledge in the disciplines of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to an understanding of the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ, and systems level. Systems and functions covered will include the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurological, metabolic, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems. Students will be expected to draw on research evidence to understand variations from typical structure and function and to apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to their clinical reasoning related to health. In this subject, students will also reflect on their personal attitudes to and respond in an ethical manner to the privilege of learning anatomy from the study of human cadavers. They will expand on their personal skills for respectful collaboration in groupwork and will concisely and effectively communicate their understanding of the body’s structures and function in their clinical reasoning for physiotherapy practice.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Evidence an advanced knowledge of the anatomy of the human body and its role in the structure and function of the key systems of the human body
- Identify and illustrate anatomical structures, relationships and mechanisms that relate to the integumentary, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, metabolic, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems
- Recognise, articulate and apply ethical principles in the study of anatomy and respect for the body after life
- Accurately describe the physiology of the body systems (integumentary, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, metabolic, gastrointestinal and reproductive) and their role in the typical function of the human body
- Apply an understanding of the cardio-respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological systems in healthy subjects so as to recognise dysfunction within these systems
- Apply knowledge of how personal factors (such as genetics) and environmental factors (such as nutrition and temperature) influence the structure and function of the human body
- Critically review research and evidence in applied anatomy and physiology, building an understanding of common anatomical variations that can influence assessment, intervention and evaluation in physiotherapy practice
- Collaborate to produce evidence of knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its influence on clinical reasoning
- the ability to problem solve in the areas of biomedical sciences
- self-directed learning as the basis of lifelong learning skills
- time management in order to use their study time effectively
Last updated: 29 July 2022