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)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,018.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- PHTX 501
- Limited to
- MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
Paper runs subject to numbers.
- More information link
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- Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinators: Dr Meredith Perry and Dr Ewan Kennedy
Teaching Staff: Dr Stephanie Woodley (Anatomy) along with guest lectures from health professionals with specific biomedical expertise.
- Paper Structure
The paper covers clinical anatomy, pathophysiology, biomechanics, imaging and the science of measurement.
- Teaching Arrangements
The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching. It incorporates:
- Audioconferences held in the evenings subject to arrangement (via Zoom). Audioconferences are supported by residential time (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).
Students will be guided to relevant reference material throughout the paper.
- It is recommended that you have access to one of the following resources – both are available as eBooks.
- Drake RL, Vogl W, Mitchell AWM. (2020). Gray’s Anatomy for Students. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. Health Sciences Library Online Access:
- Moore K. L., Agur, A. M. R., & Dalley, A. F. (2018). Clinically Oriented Anatomy. Wolters Kluwer. Online Access.
- An anatomy atlas would also be helpful, for example:
Abrahams, P.H., Spratt, J.D., Loukas, M., van Schoor, A-N., & Hutchings, R.T. (201p). McMinn and Abraham’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy. 8th ed. London: Mosby Elsevier Health Sciences UK. Medical Library Online Access.
- 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.