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Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Course resolutions

The course resolutions detailed in this page apply to all courses included in the table below under section 1 (course codes).

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2021 (the 'Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021, the Academic Integrity Policy 2022 and the Academic Integrity Procedures 2022. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy Register:

1  Course codes

Code Course title
BPASPHYS-06 Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

2  Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full time only.

3  Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Policy.

4  Requirements for award

(1)  The units of study that may be taken for these courses are set out in the Table of units of study for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy).

(2)  To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points of units of study, comprising 174 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of elective units of study.

5  Requirements for the Honours degree

(1)  Honours is available to meritorious students as integrated honours. Students will complete an alternative set of units of study in the last three semesters of the program. Admission to the Honours program is by permission of the Program Coordinator and relevant delegate after the completion of second year. Admission is competitive and is based on performance during years 1 and 2 of the course. Performance is assessed based on the student's Weighted Average Mark (WAM), however, students will not normally be admitted to the honours program if they have failed a unit of study.

(2)  To qualify for the award of the honours degree a candidate must:

(a) complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the alternative honours units of study listed in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours Table of units of study.

(b) maintain a credit average or higher throughout the honours program

(c) not fail a unit of study throughout their degree (any exceptions require Honours Committee approval).

6  Credit for previous study

(1)  The Coursework Policy specifies the general conditions for the granting of credit for previous study for these courses, except that credit will not be granted for recognised prior learning older than 5 years at the time of first enrolment.

7  Requirements for students undertaking clinical placements

(1)  Certificate of competency in CPR: Students must provide proof they hold an Australian current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate prior to attending their placement and that it is valid for the duration of the placement. Please refer to our University Placements web site for further information.

(2)  Student clearance for clinical placements. The NSW Ministry of Health requires that all students obtain clearance in order to undertake clinical placements. This involves a criminal record check. Please refer to the University's Placements web site for further information.

(3)  Immunisation: Students must have evidence of vaccinations and immunisations against certain infectious diseases prior to undertaking clinical placements. The requirements are consistent with Australian public health policy and NHMRC guidelines. Please refer to the University's Placement web site for further information.

(4)  Working with Children check: Students undertaking child-related placements as part of their course are subject to the requirements of the NSW Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and the Working with Children Procedures 2014.

(5)  NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2002): Students must familiarise themselves with the content of the NSW Health Privacy Management Plan and comply with the NSW Ministry of Health Code of Conduct, NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 and Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Please refer to University's Placements web site for further information.

8  Satisfactory progress

(1)  The Faculty will monitor for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. In addition to the common triggers used to identify not meeting academic progression requirements (as set out in the provisions relating to progression in the Coursework Policy), students must pass the following clinical educational fieldwork/professional experience units of study which are critical to progression through the course:

(a) PHTY2063 Clinical Practicum A

(b) PHTY3083 Clinical Practicum B

(c) PHTY3085 Clinical Practicum C

(d) PHTY4222 Clinical Practicum D

(e) PHTY4223 Clinical Practicum E

(2)  Students must meet all requirements of clinical placement components of any unit of study undertaken. Performance in clinical placements will be monitored in accordance with the requirements specified in the unit of study outline, and any relevant University policy or provision.

(3)  Students who have failed two units of study or twice failed the same unit of study identified in Coursework Policy Part 15 will result in a student being asked to Show Good Cause as to why they should be allowed to re-enrol in their award course.

(4)  Students must complete at least one core unit per semester where core units are available for study in the normal progression pattern. Students who fail a core unit of study must repeat the failed unit at the first opportunity.

(5)  Students whose conduct or work towards their award is unsatisfactory, may, on the recommendation of the highest relevant delegate, be refused permission by the Faculty to undertake or continue the clinical educational fieldwork/professional experience component of their award. The Faculty reserves the right not to place a student in any clinical placement or other professional experience setting in any instance where the performance, personal or professional conduct of the student does not meet the required standard of the professional organisation, regardless of the fact that the student may be enrolled in the unit of study.

(6)  Candidates for honours must maintain a credit average throughout the program.

9  Award of the degree

(1)  The Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) is awarded at either Pass or Honours level.

(2)  The Honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class as specified in the Coursework Policy, and in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. The class of Honours awarded is based on a candidate’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Honours Weighted Average Mark (FMHHWAM).

10  Transitional provisions

(1)  These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2023 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2023 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.

(2)  Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January 2023 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.