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PHTY256 Physical Activity for Physiotherapy Practice

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Introduction to the principles and importance of physical activity and therapeutic exercise for physiotherapy practice, with a focus on the practical application of knowledge.

Paper title Physical Activity for Physiotherapy Practice
Paper code PHTY256
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.0950
Points 12 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $703.48
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to

Teaching staff

Dr Cathy Chapple
Dr Meredith Perry
Dr Emily Gray
Claire Hargest


Kisner, C. & Colby, L.A. (2012). Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques. 6th edition. Philadelphia: FA Davis Company

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global Perspective, Lifelong Learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural Understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper the students will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role that physical activity and exercise plays in the development, maintenance, restoration and optimisation of health and well-being across the lifespan
  • Apply theoretically the principles of safe and effective exercise prescription to selected populations relevant to physiotherapy practice
  • Design and deliver physical activity/exercise interventions to selected populations relevant to physiotherapy practice demonstrating:
    • Knowledge of biological adaptations to exercise
    • Practical skills in the prescription, teaching, monitoring and progression of exercise
  • Utilise person / whānau centred care in exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise interventions

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41