University of Technology Sydney

96095 Clinical Placement 4

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UTS: Health (GEM)
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject (CP4) serves to further consolidate theoretical and practical skills in an external clinical setting in Year 2 of the program. Additional experiences in advanced acute care (ICU and cardiothoracics) and specialist areas of practice (including, but not limited to, burns, hand therapy, spinal cord injury) are offered. This final placement is designed to synthesise student learning and knowledge acquired across the course; student learning should be extended into an area of specialist practice that might also include a rural/regional location or a specialist unit in a metro setting. The student should demonstrate a professional level of behaviour and skills in the clinical setting and the capacity to apply clinical reasoning to complex cases. On the completion of CP4, students are expected to practice at a level of competence as stated in all the Practice Thresholds (PPTAANZ, 2015).

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

52. Assess own performance in the clinical setting by way of the APP and take action to continually improve practice
71. Demonstrate competent practice as determined by the APP

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

The learning outcomes for this subject are as follows:

  • Knowledge and skills: Integrate core biomedical and social health science knowledge across the breadth of physiotherapy practice to inform assessment and safe, competent and skilled practical care of individuals across the lifespan as an autonomous practitioner and as a member of an interprofessional team. (01.01)
  • Clinical reasoning: Identify impairment, activity and participation deficits in individuals in accordance with the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health framework and develop evidence-based care plans in accordance with best practice physiotherapy. (01.02)
  • Critical thinker: Critically analyse the evidence underpinning practice and effectively apply new knowledge to practice; conduct and disseminate high-quality research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice. (02.05)
  • Research-enabled: Apply scientific research skills to advance the evidence base supporting physiotherapy practice. (02.09)
  • Professional and ethical practitioner: Embody the physiotherapy profession, demonstrating globally relevant ethical and professional behaviour and social accountability, while utilising deliberate critical analysis, self-reflection and self-awareness to constantly improve practice. (03.04)
  • Communication: Communicate effectively using high-level interpersonal skills in both traditional modes of communication and when integrating advances in technology and methods of intervention delivery into patient care. (03.06)
  • Teamwork and leadership: Engage in leadership and collaboration, representing the profession in interprofessional teams and seeking advanced practitioner roles to ensure the future vitality of the profession. (03.07)
  • Client focus: Provide empathetic, compassionate and respectful patient-focused care, facilitating client self-management, advocating for best practice care and empowering clients by education. (04.03)
  • Indigenous awareness and cultural competence: Demonstrate respect and value for diverse ways of knowing, being and doing, in particular recognising the diversity of Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing and integrating this knowledge into practice. (05.08)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject contributes to the following graduate attributes:

Practice ready

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy are knowledgeable, practice-ready clinicians, skilled in providing safe and effective evidence-based care to clients across the lifespan, using a wide range of therapeutic approaches including skilled hands on practice, and in a variety of clinical settings as both independent and collaborative practitioners.


Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy effectively integrate research evidence into practice, are proactive in identifying gaps in knowledge and are competent to undertake research to advance the evidence base and inform future physiotherapy practice.

Professionally Competent

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy embody professional and ethical practice, maintaining knowledge and competence at local and global standards. Graduates embrace opportunities for leadership and advanced roles, utilise deliberate practice to optimise physiotherapy care and advocate for the profession in interdisciplinary contexts.


Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy are empathetic, person-centred practitioners who empower client self-management and endorse preventative care by forming and valuing partnerships with individuals, families and communities.

Culturally Competent

Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy are culturally competent professionals, able to reflect on and explain their own cultural perspectives, accommodate cultural differences and achieve optimal outcomes through the adoption of a consultative approach to physiotherapy practice with indigenous Australians and other cultural groups.

Teaching and learning strategies

Practice-orientated experiential learning in the workplace setting: this is an external clinical placement subject. Students are allocated 5-week block placements under the supervision of a registered physiotherapist.

Practice-orientated Learning: as a clinical placement subject, students have the opportunity to engage in clinical pysiotherapy practice, utilise and further develop their hands-on clinical skills and apply their academic knowledge of physiotherapists to real patients and authentic experiences and scenarios within the clinical environment. Learning in the clinical environment is under the mentorship of qualified health professionals. Students are expected to actively engage in all aspects of clinical physiotherapy practice including; the assessment of patients, discussion of patient cases and management approaches and clinical troubleshooting.

Collaborative Learning: physiotherapists work within a multi-disciplinary team environment and often collaborate with other health professionals to provide optimal patient care. Through clinical placement, students have the opportunity to work within these collaborative teams and develop both general teamwork skills and specific clinical skills such as; patient handover, collaborative management planning and case conferencing. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate closely with peers, registered physiotherapists, administration, nurses and other allied health professionals throughout their clinical placement.

Reflective Learning: reflective practice is an essential skill for health professionals to develop. Students are encouraged to critically reflect on their learning throughout the subject to identify areas where they may improve their performance and to assist in the development of lifelong learning skills. Specific activities where reflective learning is encouraged are; such as self-evaluation of learning within the clinical environment through using the APP-tool. Reflection is further encouraged through the patient education task and collaborative discussion about this task within workshops in Transition to Practice (96093).

Self-directed Learning: A number of clinical placement sites provide information about the types of patients and area of specialisation of their clinic. Students are further encouraged to review this information prior to attending clinical placement and revise key concepts and skills related to the clinical site area of practice.

Ongoing Feedback: students are provided with ongoing feedback relating to the performance of clinical skills, clinical reasoning and understanding of key concepts of clinical practice by supervisors when on clinical placement. Formative feedback about a student’s performance while on clinical placement is provided via the clinician feedback assessment in week 3 and week 5 of the clinical placement.


Assessment task 1: Clinical Placement


This assessment task will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in specific clinical skills required for the placement as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals e.g. professionalism and communication. The Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) tool provides the final assessment for this Subject and contributes 100% weighting towards the final academic mark i.e. the maximum mark/80 is converted to a percentage which is recorded as the Subject mark. Students have access to their feedback and grades provided by the Clinical Educator via APPLinkup

Graduate Attributes: Practice ready, research-enabled, professionally competent, person-centred, culturally competent


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

52 and 71

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

01.01, 01.02, 02.05, 02.09, 03.04, 03.06, 03.07, 04.03 and 05.08

Type: Demonstration
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 100%

5 x 35hrs (clinical placement)


Please refer to Canvas for the marking criteria for this assessment task (APP-tool)

Minimum requirements

100% attendance at placement and associated on-campus activities

  • A score of 50% or greater on the APP is required

In addition

  • A mandatory satisfactory level of clinical performance is required, scoring ≥2 on ALL items of the APP. i.e. a score of 1 in any area is unacceptable and results in a fail mark

In addition

  • A minimum rating of ‘adequate’ must be recorded on the Global Rating Scale

Required texts

Coursework Assessments Policy

Coursework Assessments Procedures

Graduate School of Health Policy, Guidelines and Procedures (login required)