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									                    HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
                      PTHA 1229--FALL SEMESTER

     Jan Myers PT MS
     Office: Rm. 419
     Phone: 713-718-7386

     Terisa Batchvarov PTA

    The application of physical principles to selected interventions in physical

    Describe the principles of physics; and apply the principles of physics to
    selected interventions in physical therapy.

CREDIT: 2 semester hours credit (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)

Course Time and Location: TBA

      PTHA 1229 Class Handouts
      Physical Agents Theory and Practice. Second Edition. by Behrens and
      Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy. Fourth Edition. by Lynn S. Lippert
Other helpful texts:
      Physics Made Simple by Ira Freeman


The students will experience lecture of didactic materials enhanced by charts,
transparencies, models and demonstrations using actual physical therapy
equipment. The concepts of the physical principles will be discussed and
demonstrated. Mathematical calculations will be utilized and applied as indicated
for the PTA. Basic experiments regarding each principle will be conducted and
subsequently applied to physical therapy equipment and procedures. Each
student will be responsible for documenting and participating in the lab
experiments and procedures.
Minimum Competencies to succeed in the PTA program
In the following two components of the PTA program, the student must achieve a
75% grade in each component to pass this courses.
Component 1: Lecture Attendance: 75% grade. Student must attend 95% of all
scheduled lectures to pass this course.
Component 2: Theory Tests: 75% average grade

Attendance Statement of Commitment
Being on time, staying throughout the entire class, and exemplary attendance go
hand in hand with professionalism. Students who do not abide by the course
attendance policy show a lack of strong professional commitment. As a result,
this will reflect on the faculty’s perception of the student’s readiness for clinical
                       A student arrives after the official start time of class through
                       the first 15 minutes is considered tardy.
                Leaving Early:
                       A student who leaves before the official end time of class or
                       before class is dismissed by the lead instructor within the
                       last 15 minutes of class will be considered leaving early.
                Absent from class:
                       -A student who arrives after the official start time of class
                       greater than 15 minutes late will be considered absent.
                       -A student who leaves class prior to the last 15 minutes of
                       class will be considered absent.
                       -A student who does not attend class will be considered
                       - A student who has accumulated any combination of three
                       tardies or three leaving earlies will have one absence.

                    A written warning will be issued for the first offense of
                    tardiness or leaving early (as defined); the next offense will
                    be penalize as defined in the attendance requirements.


Due to the fast pace of this course and the importance of this material for clinical
performance, it is advisable that you are not absent from class as you will miss
major segments of the content. If you do have to be absent or tardy from class,
please notify the instructor by voice mail prior to the class.
It is to be noted that all students are expected to attend classes at their assigned
time. Attendance is based on the following class schedules:
         16 lecture classes
         14 lab classes

Each student begins the course with an Attendance grade of 100 in lecture and
100 in lab. For each absence from a scheduled class time, the student will have
13.5 points deducted from the 100. For each absence from a scheduled lab time,
the student will have 13.5 points deducted from 100. Absences are based on the
above definitions. For example if a student is absent 2 times, the attendance
gread would be a 74%. If the student does not have a grade of 75% or above in
the course, they will not pass the course.

Students are responsible for materials covered during their absences.
Students will sign in at the beginning of each class lecture and lab on the class
roll in order to be considered present for the class. Up to ten points may be taken
off the student’s final grade for each unexcused absence. Any exceptions to this
rule may be evaluated on an individual basis.


It is necessary for satisfactory course completion that each student demonstrate
enthusiasm, initiative and compassion for his fellow students and instructors.
Students will be required to work with as many of their classmates as possible to
develop appropriate interpersonal skills and good working relationships with as
many people as possible. All students must assist in preparation and
cleanup of the laboratory. Cooperation is of utmost importance. Students will
be asked to bring into lab various products and/or wear anatomy lab clothes to
complete the basic experiments which are presented in the course. Each
student will start with a 100% participation grade. For each tardy, 3 points will be
taken from this grade and 10 points for each absence. Points will also be
deducted for a lack of cooperation/participation with lab requirements or class

Electronic Devices

The use of recording devices, including camera phones and tape recorders, is
prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and other locations where
instruction, tutoring, or testing occurs. Students with disabilities who need to use
a recording device as a reasonable accommodation should contact the Office for
Students with Disabilities for information regarding reasonable accommodations.
In addition, the presence of cell phones during class is prohibited. Cell phones
must be stored during class and lab time. A cell phone will be confiscated for the
duration of class or lab if it rings, vibrates, or is used during the scheduled course
time. The student will lose 10 points from his/her participation grade with each
occurrence. The student will receive a written warning that will be submitted in
his/her student record after the third violation. The use of cell phones during
class or lab time is unprofessional and will be treated and documented as such.


90-100      A
80-89       B
75-79       C
0-74        F
You must have a 75% or better to pass the PTA courses.


Students can be dismissed from the program for cheating on exams or
assignments. Students dismissed for cheating will not be allowed readmission to
the PTA program.


Unannounced quizzes will be given on a periodic basis throughout the course.
Written theory exams are given after each block of the course as appropriate to
check the student’s progress of learning.

Documentation of lab experiments in the assigned notebook format is also
required. Lab notebook assignments are due at the BEGINNING of class. Five
(5) points will be deducted for any notebooks turned in after the beginning of
class and considered late. Ten (10) points will be deducted for each additional
day of being late with. Late labs will not be accepted after the 4th day past the
due date. Only labs that are typed will be accepted.

Often labs will be done in groups. However, each individual needs to complete
and turn in his/her own lab assignment. If labs are copied from one another a
shared grade will be given and the students will be written up. If there is a
second occurrence, the student(s) will be dismissed from class.


      Participation        15%
      Quizzes/Homework     15%
      Theory Exams         40%
      Labs                 30%

Grades will be reported in whole numbers only. For example:
     A grade of 74.5 will be recorded as a 75.0
     A grade of 74.4 will be recorded as a 74.0
      A detailed calendar of class meetings days and times, topics, reading
      assignments, and due dates is posted on Blackboard at the beginning of the

      ADA Policy

      Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric,
      vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must
      contact the Disability Services Office at the respective college at the beginning of
      each semester. Faculty are authorized to provide only the accommodations
      requested by the Disability Support Services Office.

      For questions, please contact Dr. Raj Gupta at 713-718-7631.
       Additional information:
      Please visit the ADA Web site at:

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus as needed during the
semester. Any modifications will be announced during class time and posted on
Blackboard Vista, if appropriate.
                      PTHA 1229 COURSE OBJECTIVES

Utilizing information taught, demonstrated, and experienced                      in
lecture/laboratory classes, assigned readings and lab experiments:

1. The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of all of the
physical principles presented in this class (eg.vectors, heat transfer, COG, force)
with at least 75% accuracy.

2. The student will be able to apply the concepts of COG, LOG, BOS, Balance &
equilibrium, forces, levers, vectors to anatomy, biomechanics and physical
therapy practice such as body mechanics, transfers, etc. with at least 75%

3. The student will be able to explain reasons for efficiency/inefficiency in PT
practice such as lifting and transfers based on physical principles of force, work,
and friction with at least 75% accuracy.

4. The student will be able to identify all forces and their combined effects with
the use of vectors in PT practice such as traction and transfers and suggest
methods to improve efficiency with 75% accuracy.

5. The student will be able to discuss concepts of pressure and buoyancy in PT
practice with 75% accuracy.

6. The student will be able to compare different methods of heat transfer and
categorize physical agents in PT according to type of heat transfer with
explanation of each with 75% accuracy.

7. The student will be able to identify all components of waveforms and
categorize with types and properties of electrical stimulation with 75% accuracy.

8. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the terms and principles of
electricity with 75% accuracy.

9. The student will formulate a plan and explain electrical safety, calibration, and
other biomedical engineering safety practices used in physical therapy with 75%

PTHA 1229 addresses the following Competencies of the SCANS Program:
Acquires & Evaluates Information; Arithmetic; and Mathematics

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