Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will be introduced to a community engagement experience and develop relevant personal and professional skills. An understanding of the history of the physiotherapy profession, scope of practice and professional behaviour as outlined by codes of practice will be introduced. You will explore critical thinking, reflection and communication. A sense of professional identity as a health practitioner will also be introduced. The subject will involve a series of lectures, practical sessions, workshops and online components. You will also undertake a work integrated learning experience that will assist in the development of these skills.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDeenika Benjamin

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HHP or HHPB


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required16 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro

WBL addtional requirementsPolice check and WWC

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Discuss physiotherapy practice in Australia, including history, scope of practice, practice thresholds, codes on conduct the regulatory frameworks that govern the profession.
02. Communicate effectively in terms of written and verbal communication with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds, including peers, supervisors and people in the community.
03. Discuss self-perceptions of the physiotherapy profession in community practice.
04. Identify and assess activities in physiotherapy practice, in the context of community engagement.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDeenika Benjamin

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 16
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 18 - 21
One 4.00 hours placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 18 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
Observational WIL placement

PracticalWeek: 10 - 16
One 2.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Students will access a range of online and multimedia resources, to support their learning, including mini lectorials, podcasts, quizzes

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 16
One 1.00 hour workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Digital reflective portfolio 2000 words equivalent
Initial development of a PebblePad portfolio that students will maintain throughout the course.

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Critical thinking assignment 750 words equivalent
Students will use same rubric to guide class activities in the weeks covering critical thinking to develop understanding of criteria and expectations

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO4

1000 word written assignment
Structured reflective journal based on observation visits

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3