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PHTY501 Biomedical Science in Physiotherapy

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
Paper code PHTY501
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points 30 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,801.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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PHTX 501
Limited to
MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Meredith Perry
Teaching Staff: Dr Stephanie Woodley (Anatomy)

Paper Structure
Three teaching modules focusing on the clinical anatomy of the spine, lower limb and the upper limb.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught by distance learning with:
  • Two residential blocks held in Dunedin
  • Audioconferences held in the evenings/mornings 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 and Soames R (2012): Anatomy and Human Movement (6th ed). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

    Medical Library: Reserve WE 101 P154 2012.

  • Drake RL, Vogl W and Mitchell AWM (2010): Gray's Anatomy for Students (2nd ed). Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

    Medical Library: Reserve QS 4 GU17 2010.

  • An anatomy atlas would also be helpful, for example: Abrahams PH, Hutchings RT, Boon JM and Spratt JD (2008): McMinn's Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy (6th ed). St Louis; London: Mosby Elsevier.

    Medical Library: Reserve QS 17 M167 2008.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system