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PHTY93-427: Innovation and Global Practice in Physiotherapy January 2021 [Intensive - 15th March - 23 April - weeks 8-14]

General information

In this subject students will continue to expand their physiotherapy skills and learn to apply these in innovative ways to become ‘work-ready’ in their physiotherapy practice.  Students will be located on campus, undertaking an intensive course load of 5-days/week, over a 5-week period.  This will involve participation in workshops and resource sessions on a variety of topics, accompanied by team project work, which together will enable students to widen their skills and further excel in meeting global health needs.  A number of leading health and related professionals will assist students to enhance their knowledge and skills for working with athletes, or similar populations, and for success when working in challenging global environments.  Students will further enhance their competency as leaders within the profession and explore innovative ways to strengthen physiotherapy practice by exploiting technology.

Emphasis will be placed on communication, professional teamwork and innovation as students grow their portfolio whilst collaborating with their peers to develop useful physiotherapy resources and processes that can be used within practice contexts.

Students will be required to reflect and build upon a variety of skills and knowledge previously obtained throughout other subjects within the Doctor of Physiotherapy Program.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:PHTY93-427
Subject title:Innovation and Global Practice in Physiotherapy
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2021
Credit points:20

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Workshop: x20 (Total hours: 60) - Resource sessions
  • Personal Study Hours: x5 (Total hours: 10) - Recommended study hours
  • Workshop: x24 (Total hours: 90) - Workshop
  • Peer-Directed Study Session: x10 (Total hours: 80) - Group work (assignment based)
Attendance and learning activities: Students will be located on campus, undertaking a course load of 5-days/week, over a 6-week period. They will be required to attend a variety of resource sessions and workshops that will span this period. Students will be required to spend non-contact time engaging in private study and group project work.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • PHTY91-411 Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy I Clinical Practice

Co-requisites: ?

  • PHTY92-418 Neurological Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
  • PHTY92-417 Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy II Clinical Practice
  • PHTY91-412 Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy Clinical Practice
Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Develop a strong understanding of the impact of acute injury for on-field athletes (or similar populations) and demonstrate skills required to assess and manage patients in these fast-paced environments.
  2. Understand a range of different methodologies used in diagnostic imaging and be able to interpret images accurately for diagnostic purposes in physiotherapy contexts.
  3. Demonstrate an expanded range of musculoskeletal physiotherapy techniques and be able to integrate these into management plans for clients/patients.
  4. Identify key aspects of effective acute and chronic wound management and develop strategies to assess and treat these appropriately using evidence-based approaches.
  5. Describe the role of the tactical physiotherapist and demonstrate awareness of the challenges and adversities faced by those working in tactical environments and with tactical populations.
  6. Analyse the impacts of global health issues on the physiotherapy profession and develop knowledge and skills to accurately assess and treat clients/patients from challenging environments, in a manner sensitive to culture and their experiences.
  7. Determine how innovation and technology applications are currently used within the physiotherapy setting to enhance client/patient outcomes.
  8. Display effective leadership and enhanced communication skills and utilise these when engaging in inter-professional and collaborative practice opportunities.
  9. Outline key learning and teaching theories and processes, and identify strategies that can be used to effectively manage students within clinical practice.
  10. Plan and develop a physiotherapy resource that can be utilised within the clinical setting with a focus on health promotion, education, prevention or treatment.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Class Participation ^ Students will be required to participate in the practical resource sessions/workshops timetabled for this subject. Students will be required to pass a competency assessment that will assess the practical skills students have developed throughout these sessions. C Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.
In-Class Quiz - Individual ^ Students will complete a multiple choice/short answer quiz that will assess their knowledge of content presented to them within the first 4 weeks of this subject. 20% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9.
Project § ^ Students will be required to work in groups of up to 6 students on a project where they will develop a useful physiotherapy resource. 60% Week 14* 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10.
In-Class Quiz - Individual ^ Students will complete a multiple choice/short answer quiz that will assess their knowledge of content presented to them throughout the subject. 20% Week 14* 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9.

Pass requirement

Fail/Pass/Credit/Distinction/High Distinction/RM/RP/RF (Medical Program Grading Schema)

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Students will gain an understanding of innovations currently used within the physiotherapy profession. They will discover key technologies used within the health field and find ways to apply innovation to their practice.

6, 7, 8.

Students will enhance their skills as leaders and communicators in the profession. They will develop knowledge/skills in teaching and learning, clinical education and collaborative practice and increase understanding of key health priorities.

8, 9.

Students will develop knowledge and skills associated with working in challenging environments and assisting those who have experienced adversity. Global health issues and working within a culturally sensitive framework will be key areas of learning.

4, 5, 6.

Students will further enhance knowledge and skills required to work with athletes (or a similar population) in acute settings. They will develop skills in diagnostic image interpretation and expand their musculoskeletal physiotherapy techniques.

1, 2, 3.

Students will broaden their physiotherapy knowledge and skills in a variety of areas that are relevant to current and global physiotherapy practice.

3, 4, 6.
Approved on: Nov 3, 2020. Edition: 1.8