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PHTY254 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science 1

Application and integration of the principles of biological, social and medical sciences and evidence-informed practice to the introductory skills of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy rehabilitation.

Paper title Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science 1
Paper code PHTY254
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.3800
Points 48 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,630.74
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $14,424.80

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Limited to
Dr Ramakrishnan Mani
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Ramakrishnan Mani
Component Co-ordinators: Emily Gray, Cath Smith, Cathy Chapple
Paper Structure
The paper is designed as a 48-point, full-year paper with both formal lectures and laboratory sessions supplemented by self-directed modules and learning tasks scheduled throughout the paper to ensure the acquisition of effective, appropriate and safe clinical skills.
Teaching Arrangements
All teaching is undertaken on campus.
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:
  • Apply basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, motor control and motor learning to the measurement of joint range of motion, muscle performance, posture, gait and cardio-respiratory fitness and to basic therapeutic procedures;
  • Select and demonstrate basic measurement and assessment techniques and analysis of range of motion, muscle performance, posture, gait and cardio-pulmonary function;
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal function and life-span issues in the assessment of range of motion, muscle performance, posture, gait and cardio-pulmonary function;
  • Prescribe and modify appropriate exercises to improve mobility, strength, cardio-respiratory fitness and function for consumers with simple dysfunction of the musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary
  • systems and for health-related fitness;Demonstrate an understanding for the role of mobility adjuncts, patient handling and transfer skills and to carry out the appropriate skills required;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different health issues commonly seen within the current populations in New Zealand and to have an understanding of the impact these health issues may have on patient care;
  • Perform an appropriate screening examination for health-related fitness and demonstrate a basic und
  • erstanding and interpretation of results;Discuss methodological issues related to basic measurement and evaluation in physiotherapy;
  • Demonstrate manual skills and clinical reasoning in the application of massage techniques in the management of consumers with selected musculoskeletal conditions;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of special considerations (gender, age, culture, disability and ethics) when performing basic evaluation, exercise prescription and treatment skills;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of physiotherapy in promoting health and injury prevention and to demonstrate the knowledge of specific New Zealand populations that require health promotion efforts;
  • Demonstrate the ability to search and critically analyse appropriate scientific literature to answer a basic clinical question and to communicate these findings in written format;
  • Demonstrate and discuss the evidence base of basic physiotherapy in the management of selected musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary dysfunction;
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate verbal and written communication relevant to assessment, application of techniques and prescription of exercises;
  • Understand and demonstrate the requirements of informed consent;
  • Demonstrate the ability of ensuring consumer and practitioner safety in the assessment, exercise prescription and application of therapeutic interventions.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41
B1 Tuesday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41
C1 Wednesday 08:00-08:50 9, 11-13, 15-16, 18-20, 22, 28-34, 36-41
E1 Thursday 12:00-13:50 10
Friday 08:00-08:50 9-12, 15, 17-22, 28-29, 31-33, 36-39