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PHTY501 Biomedical Science in Physiotherapy

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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) $2,938.00
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.
Teaching staff

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

Paper Structure

Three teaching modules focusing on the clinical anatomy, pathophysiology and biomechanics of the spine, lower limb and upper limb.

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught by distance learning with:

  • Two residential blocks held in Dunedin
  • Audioconferences held in the evenings 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):

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