Skip to main content
Unit of study_

Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice B - PHTY1024

Year - 2020

The unit builds upon the material covered and the skills learned during PHTY1023. It continues the context of physiotherapy professional practice on issues and practices in healthcare delivery affecting physiotherapists. As pain and muscle weakness are among the main complaint of most people seeking physiotherapy management, understanding and providing interventions to address these symptoms will be a focus. Students will be introduced to basic therapeutic techniques, such as massage, the use of electro-therapeutic agents, and exercise prescription. Several patient case studies will be introduced, and tools enabling students to find and determine current evidence for potential therapeutic interventions specific for these case studies will be provided and practiced. At the end of the unit, the students will be expected to be able to devise appropriate treatment plans for these simple case studies. The importance of communication, documentation and respect for cultural differences in profession practice is continued throughout this unit.

2x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week

1000wd written report/clinical workbook (20%); 1x2-hr end semester written exam (50%), and end semester practical skills assessment (30%)

Recommended: Dutton M. Introduction to Physical Therapy and Patient Skills, 2014 Go to: Prentice W E, Quillen W S, Underwood F. Therapeutic Modalities in Rehabilitation. 4th ed, 2011 Go to:

Additional information
Students will attend one week of mentored clinical placement, as part of this unit of study.

Assumed knowledge
High School Physics


PHTY1023 and BIOS1168


BIOS1169 and (EXSS1029 OR EXSS2030)


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Movement Sciences
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Fereshteh Pourkazemi
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

Non-award/non-degree study If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student. Cross-institutional study If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to undertake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.