This unit will build upon the underpinning knowledge of wound healing, bioelectricity, the nervous system, fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance and electrical theory required to safely and effectively perform electrotherapy procedures in Dermal Therapies. Students will practice evaluative skills in determining efficacy of a range of electrotherapy modalities used in relation to dermal therapies. This will require written and research skills and will also include on-going evaluation of electrotherapy treatments in progress and final evaluation of completed treatments.

Unit details

Location:
Online
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HBD3201

Prerequisites

HBD3102 - Clinical Skin Analysis

HBD3104 - Dermal Sciences 3

Co-requisites

HBD3202 - Wound Biology and Management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the processes associated with electrotherapy treatments relevant to the dermal clinician;  
  2. Design, perform and manage electrotherapy treatments safely and effectively where appropriate;  
  3. Integrate electrical theory in relation to electrotherapy procedures in dermal therapy;  
  4. Investigate how electrotherapy procedures are related to the nervous system, fluid, electrolyte and acid base balance;  
  5. Formulate how electrotherapy procedures are related to and can assist wound healing processes;  
  6. Assess the applications of other modalities e.g. Low Level Laser in conjunction with electrotherapy;  
  7. Evaluate the efficacy of electrotherapy for use in dermal practice.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Treatment Protocol (1000 words) 25%
Practicum Practical Assessments (1 hour in total for diathermy, ultrasound therapy, TENS and electroporation) 35%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 40%
Hurdle requirements: Successful completion of this unit requires 90% attendance of clinic sessions plus passing each of the practical assessments. Learning outcomes 2 and 7 relate to the design and application of safe and effective treatments. Competence and proficiency in electrology requires students to have practiced the techniques used within the teaching clinic and requires the student to have attended at least 90% of the sessions to do this.

Required reading

Electrotherapy explained: Principles and practice 4th ed.
Robertson, V., Ward, A., Low, J., & Reed, A. (2006)
Edinburgh ; Sydney : Butterworth-Heinemann Elsevier.

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