University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice

Course code/s: HZPHPP

Course details
Location Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Bundoora Mildura Shepparton
Course coordinator Ms Janet McConville
Course advisor Dr Marcos De Noronha
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 083317C/062798K
Course duration 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes Bendigo and Melbourne students will undertake all years of the course at the campus they are enrolled at.
Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton students will undertake their first year only, at their respective campuses, completing the remainder of their course at the Bendigo Campus.

Course description

Physiotherapists assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disability, aiming to achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, participation and quality of life. They may work independently or as members of health care teams. Physiotherapists are active in the prevention of illness and injury and in the promotion of health. Physiotherapists are also involved in clinical research, movement rehabilitation, ergonomics and the management of health care organisations. Subjects undertaken during the double degree include general and health sciences, professional, clinical and research-related studies.

This combined degree course is offered on a full-time basis as an accelerated program of 540 credit points across four years. The course uses an enquiry-based learning approach that emphasises client-centred, interprofessional and evidence-based practice. In first year, students undertake an interdisciplinary year in which students enrol in subjects with their peers across the College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE). The focus of this year is on basic human biosciences and developing an understanding of factors influencing health, and the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. In second year, students begin to develop physiotherapy skills and further explore the human biosciences of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology. By the third and fourth years, students will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to the physiotherapy management of disorders across the life span. During the pre-clinical semesters, students develop the practical aspects of physiotherapy through simulated learning environments and by practising on each other.

In the final 18 months of the program students will be allocated to a Academic and Research Network (ARN) (clinical school) where they will undertake, in each semester, 2 x 5-week, full-time clinical placements as well as two theory subjects in a five-week theory block. Prospective students should note that clinical placements and study often occur outside normal University teaching periods. Students are required to undertake placements in a variety of health care settings in the areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy practice. In fourth year, students have the opportunity to undertake placements in more specialised areas of clinical practice, such as, women's health, paediatrics, sports, oncology and spinal cord injury.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over four years of full-time study.

First year

First year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Students must satisfy any prerequisites 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-SUMMER-2 ALH1PAL Participation Across the Lifespan 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective   15

Key:  *ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.
** LTU0AIM (previously HLT1AIM) is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (150 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS2ALT Anatomy of Lower Limb and Trunk 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY2PDA Physiotherapy Practice Development A 30
TE-SEM-1 HBS2PBM Physiology and Biomechanics of Movement 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence Into Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3AUN Anatomy of Upper Limb and Neurosciences 15
TE-SEM-2 PTY3PDB Physiotherapy Practice Development B 30
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PCY Foundations in Pharmacology 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PBD Pathophysiology Basis for Disease 15

Third year

Third year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-1 ALH3CEE Community Engagement Experience 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY4MUP Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Dysfunction 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY4NEP Physiotherapy for Neurological Dysfunction 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY4CAP Physiotherapy for Cardiorespiratory Dysfunction 15
TE-SEM-1 PTY4PCP Skill Development for Person-Centred Physiotherapy 15
TE-various PTY5PPA Professional Practicum A 15
TE-various PTY5PPB Professional Practicum B 15
TE-various PTY5MCP Managing Complexity in Clinical Practice 15
TE-various PTY5ELG Physiotherapy for Early Lifespan and Gender-Specific Conditions 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W05-25 PTY5EBP Evidence Based Practice 15
TE-various PTY5CDM Chronic Disease Management 15
TE-various PTY5PPC Professional Practicum C 15
TE-various PTY5PPD Professional Practicum D 15
TE-various PTY5PPE Professional Practicum E 15
TE-various PTY5PPF Professional Practicum F 15
TE-W30-50 PTY5APP Advanced Physiotherapy Practice 30



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