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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 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PHTX 501
Limited to
MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty

This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.

Paper runs subject to numbers.

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, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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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.

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Semester 1

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

Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system