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Integration of the applied, medical and clinical sciences that underpin the philosophy, examination and management practices in physiotherapy. Students will study topics appropriate to their clinical specialisation.
|Paper title||Biomedical Science in Physiotherapy|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester
First Semester (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,889.00|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$10,674.00|
- PHTX 501
- Limited to
- MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
- This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
- More information link
- View further information about the School of Physiotherapy
- Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Meredith Perry
Teaching Staff: Dr Stephanie Woodley (Anatomy)
- Paper Structure
Three teaching modules focusing on the clinical anatomy, pathophysiology and biomechanics of the spine, lower limb and upper limb.
- Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught by distance learning with:
- Two residential blocks held in Dunedin
- Audioconferences held in the evenings subject to arrangement (via Zoom)
Students will be guided to relevant reference material throughout the paper. It is recommended that you have access to one of the following books (all of which are available in the University of Otago Medical Library, but some are on reserve only):
- Palastanga, N., & Soames, R. (2019). Anatomy and Human Movement. 6th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. Health Sciences Library: Reserve WE 101 P154 2019.
- Drake, R.L., Vogl, W., & Mitchell, A.W.M. (2014). Gray’s Anatomy for Students. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. Medical Library Online Access: HYPERLINK https://www-clinicalkey-com-au.ezproxy.otago.ac.nz/#!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C20110061707
anatomy atlas would also be helpful, for example:
Abrahams, P.H., Spratt, J.D., Loukas, M., van Schoor, A-N., & Hutchings, R.T. (2013). McMinn and Abraham’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy. 7th ed. London: Mosby Elsevier Health Sciences UK. Medical Library Online Access: HYPERLINK https://www-clinicalkey-com-au.ezproxy.otago.ac.nz/#!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C2009060708X
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research,
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- Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this paper, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of biomedical sciences to physiotherapy.
- Locate, extract, critically appraise and assimilate relevant biomedical literature, from a wide range of sources, and apply this knowledge in a considered manner to physiotherapy clinical practice.
- Develop a commitment to the fundamental importance of the acquisition of biomedical knowledge, and critical thinking about application of this knowledge, to physiotherapy clinical practice.
- Develop effective professional communication, particularly technical writing skills, when presenting an ‘argument’ for or against application of a biomedical science to physiotherapy clinical practice.
- Demonstrate basic anatomical dissection skills alongside observation, recording, description and interpretation of gross structures with relevance to clinical context.