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PHTY530 Theoretical Constructs in Clinical Practice

Clinical practice structured to extend the physiotherapist’s theoretical knowledge and reasoning skills and to develop an advanced level of competence and critical evaluation in their specialised fields of practice.

The purpose of this paper is to enable the physiotherapist currently working in a dedicated area of clinical practice to develop critical thinking skills applicable to professional practice in the area to an advanced-practitioner level of knowledge and competence.

Paper title Theoretical Constructs in Clinical Practice
Paper code PHTY530
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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PHTY 561, PHTX 530, 561
Limited to
MPhty, PGDipPhty
Paper and qualifications restricted to Physiotherapists
Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Margot Skinner

Paper Structure
This paper is based around four key pieces of internal assessment:
  • An annotated bibliography
  • An oral presentation of a case report (via video link)
  • The written case report
  • Completion of a logbook in two components
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught by distance. Students must be practising physiotherapy with access to a clinical caseload whilst undertaking this paper as logbooks are completed as part of the assessment.
There are no textbook requirements for this paper. You will be guided to relevant reference material throughout the 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

The aims of this paper are to further develop the student's ability to critically review and evaluate current physiotherapy clinical practice trends, to apply this information in the evaluation and management of patients, and to contribute to the development of effective and efficacious physiotherapy management.

On successful completion of this paper the student will be able to:

  • To be well versed in the evidence base that supports the management approach/es in their dedicated area of professional physiotherapy practice;
  • Critically review and reflect on the management approach/es applied and demonstrate adaptation as appropriate;
  • Integrate the ICF* model of health and disability in assessment and management in their dedicated area of professional physiotherapy practice;
  • Apply new learning approaches to inform changes in clinical practice.

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Second Semester

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