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 and physiology and introduce students to the underlying principles of biochemistry, pharmacology and pathology in the areas of cardio-respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological sciences. Students will be expected to apply this knowledge in appropriate cases as a basis for developing clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in physiotherapy practice. The subject will be completed with an integration of body systems around complex problems.
Intended learning outcomes
Element 1: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
- Integrate knowledge of structure and function of human anatomy and underlying physiological principles with musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological systems.
- Apply an understanding of the cardio-respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological systems in healthy subjects, to common mechanisms of injury and pathology leading to impairment and dysfunction.
- Consolidate knowledge in foundation sciences by participating in seminar discussions that connect the curriculum.
- Identify how relevant aspects of pharmacological interventions impact on musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological systems.
Element 2: Evidence in Physiotherapy
- Review the development of research and evidence in applied physiology, applied anatomy, pathology and pharmacology that underpin the clinical practice and theoretical basis of physiotherapy practice.
- Document experimental observation, data processing and interpretation and clinical problem solving related to principles of body structure and function.
Element 3: Health in Context
- Apply biomedical science knowledge to substantiate clinical reasoning and clinical decision making in physiotherapy practice.
- Apply biomedical science knowledge of body structure and function to a variety of healthcare contexts.
By the completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:
- 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: 14 February 2020