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PHTY93-428: Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 6 September 2020 [Situated - Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 6]

General information

This is the sixth clinical practice unit in a series of six sequential clinical practice units. This is a five-week full-time (38-40 hours per week) clinical practice subject designed to provide opportunity for students to develop effective communication skills and an empathic and client-centred approach in the management of clients and their extended networks. Clinical educators will facilitate the students' learning about the practical clinical environment: how to work effectively in a health care team and how to examine, diagnose and plan treatment and management including preventative care. The emphasis of the clinical experiences will be paediatric, adult or ageing clients requiring physiotherapy service in the following settings: i) hospital inpatient; ii) hospital outpatient; iii) community and/or disability services; iv) aged care; v) private practice vi) education settings; vii) non-government or not-for-profit organisations; and viii) any combination of the above.

An evidence-based approach will form the basis for this subject. Students will be provided with extensive opportunity to reflect on their clinical learning and their ability to integrate knowledge and skills from previous subjects into this clinical practice subject.



Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:PHTY93-428
Subject title:Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Unit 6
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Placement: x5 (Total hours: 200) - Clinical Placement
  • Personal Study Hours: x5 (Total hours: 25) - Recommended study hours (1 hour per night)
Attendance and learning activities: LEARNING ACTIVITIES Students will attend an allocated clinical facility for five weeks, full-time. Students will be required to attend that facility for the normal full-time equivalent hours of the clinical educators (38-40 hours per week). Allocated clinical facilities have formal agreements with Bond University and therefore there is no ability for students to source their own clinical placement. Attendance at all scheduled clinic hours is compulsory. Students must not plan leave without prior approval. STUDENT LEARNING RESPONSIBILITIES Students are expected to take a significant level of responsibility for their own learning. Students are encouraged throughout the subject to take the initiative to identify, apply and integrate material from other subjects and other sources to the present subject. Students will be responsible for being pro-active learners in the cinical setting. Students will be expected to practice and reflect on their performance. Bond University forwarded your name to AHPRA in your first semester of enrolment, stating that you are a current physiotherapy student undertaking the DPhty Program. This means that you are now being educated within the legal framework for practice as a physiotherapy student, and that you are aware of, and have embraced the professional behaviour and attitudes required of all health professionals. It is essential to embrace the Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPhty) Program Charter that you signed at the start of the DPhty Program. Professional behaviour and appropriate professional attitudes must be evident in all clinical and non-clinical learning activities and can be grounds for disciplinary action, including failure in this subject, if you do not embrace these expectations of the physiotherapy profession. (Please refer to the DPhty Program Charter for details). There are four elements of professional behaviour that need to be evident and will be monitored in all learning activities: 1. Respect – demonstrated through attitude to Self / Peers / Educators; 2. Responsibility – you are required to: attend all learning activities* – please complete an absence for approval form and show how you plan to make up content when an absence cannot be avoided (e.g. Ill-health / national representative); be punctual and implement appropriate actions if you are late; actively participate in all activities; show initiative; be accountable for your behaviours and actions. 3. Communication – appropriate verbal and non-verbal behaviour is required when communicating with peers / educators (patients & clinical educators in the clinical setting); 4. Self-awareness and capacity to reflect and self-evaluate need to be displayed *Please refer to the DPhty Program Charter for details of the requirement to complete the appropriate ‘Leave of Absence Form’ to have any planned or unplanned absences approved. Should you breach these guidelines then your educators will consult with the subject convenor / Head of Program. The Head of Program may: Implement a mentoring program; Give an informal warning; Refer to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Service Quality (ADSASQ) for review and attention. The outcomes of these steps may result in: An informal warning and monitor progress; A formal warning; Grade penalties (Marks which could impact on Grades); Referral to the Dean / Faculty for disciplinary procedures.


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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • PHTY91-408 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I
  • PHTY92-416 Neurological Physiotherapy
  • PHTY91-409 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • CC-63034 Doctor of Physiotherapy

Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

Pre/Co-requisites: ?

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Students are required to have completed all pre-clinical coursework relevant to their allocated clinical placement.

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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. Practise professionally and ethically in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements including documentation.
  2. Communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate manner and operate as an effective team member with clients, families and the health care team.
  3. Collect appropriate information from the client, formulate a preliminary hypothesis, and design and safely conduct an assessment.
  4. Analyse the information gathered upon assessment of the client, relevant diagnostic imaging or laboratory tests and formulate a sound clinical hypothesis based on underpinning physiological / pathophysiological mechanisms.
  5. Evaluate the results of the client examination, prioritise client needs, and set relevant and achievable goals including an appropriate discharge plan in consultation with the client and other relevant stakeholders.
  6. Critically evaluate current management strategies using effective problem solving and research strategies, and apply this knowledge to provide an evidence- based rationale for clinical decisions.
  7. Develop a physiotherapy management plan, implement and progress the interventions safely and effectively, and evaluate the efficacy of the interventions delivered using standardised outcome measures.
  8. Understand the particular health challenges associated with clients in a specific life stage or practice setting and manage these holistically with empathy and sensitivity.
  9. Demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills in the management of clients and their family, care givers and support networks.
  10. Understand the role of the physiotherapist, other health care providers, and other individuals, such as family and carers, for the client in this setting.
  11. Identify areas and situations outside their own skills and expertise, refer on to other health professionals when applicable, and seek the assistance of the clinical educator when appropriate.
  12. Evaluate own practice in the clinical setting, use self-reflection as a mechanism to improve performance, and operate within individual and professional strengths and limitations.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Workplace Performance Report ^ Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) – Clinical Educators will assess students’ clinical performance using the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) instrument. 80% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
Reflective Exercise Clinical Reflective Task - Professional Qualities. Each student will use the 'Clinical Reflective Task - Professional Qualities' template to reflect on the various health professionals they have encountered during their clinical placement program and identify one or more individuals whom they aspire to emulate as a professional. Students will reflect on what qualities this individual demonstrates that they also aspire to demonstrate, and compare this to their own current level of performance. Qualities can be from all domains of learning but the emphasis should be on the individuals professional conduct rather their specific clinical knowledge or skills. Students will then write a set of performance goals and describe strategies to help them acquire and demonstrate their desired qualities. 20% In Consultation 1, 2, 10, 11, 12.

Pass requirement

Students must achieve a minimum of 50% overall and a passing standard on their End-Unit Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP). In order to achieve a passing standard on the APP, they must meet the following criteria: • A minimum score of 50% overall on the APP • A minimum score of 50% in each of the combined domains of the APP: Professional Behaviour + Communication; Assessment + Analysis and Planning; Intervention and Evidence-based Practice; Risk Management. • No more than three (3) items scored as ‘1’ overall • A minimum score of ‘2’ in item 20 • A score of ‘adequate’ or higher on the Global Rating Scale A student who does not meet the above criteria will be deemed to have failed the clinical placement subject and may be offered a Resit Examination (as per the DPHTY Rules of Progression) or will be required to repeat the placement.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * 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

A detailed curriculum has not been published for this subject.
Approved on: Jul 27, 2020. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Aug 12, 2020.