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PHTY469 Physiotherapy Research for Honours

An original piece of scientific enquiry relevant to physiotherapy featuring recognised research methodologies and presented at a level suitable for submission to an international peer reviewed journal.

Paper title Physiotherapy Research for Honours
Paper code PHTY469
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,101.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,462.75

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Dr Gisela Sole (

Teaching staff

Clinical Education Programme Lead: Chris Higgs
Paper Coordinator: Dr Gisela Sole
Supervisors: School of Physiotherapy staff

Paper Structure
Each student is required to develop and complete a research project under the direct supervision of a member of staff from the School of Physiotherapy. In addition, participation and contribution to regularly scheduled research seminars is a second key component of the paper.
Teaching Arrangements
Individual research project, portfolio and presentation.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
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
Satisfactory completion of this paper will be shown by the presentation of:
  • A research report (thesis) prepared in a manuscript format, suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal;
  • A research portfolio that contains information on key elements of the research process;
  • A formal presentation of the findings of the research to an academic/professional audience.
Collectively, these activities will demonstrate that the student is able to:
  • Develop, with supervisory support, an appropriate physiotherapy-related research problem and plan and conduct an investigation within ethical guidelines;
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the research literature relating to their selected research topic;
  • Demonstrate research management skills to deliver a quality project in a timely manner;
  • Employ effective information search strategies using a range of databases;
  • Critically analyse a body of knowledge relevant to the research problem;
  • Select, justify and apply appropriate research method(s) to the research problem;
  • Analyse, present and discuss findings meaningfully within the field of physiotherapy;
  • Prepare a written report on the project to a level suitable for submission to an international peer-reviewed journal;
  • Deliver a formal presentation of their research findings to an academic/professional audience.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system