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PS2004 - Neuroscience in Physiotherapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

Enrolment in this subject is restricted to all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy IHCAP and the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours Programs.

This subject is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology from the basic foundation information presented in first year anatomy and physiology subjects. Students will gain skills and knowledge in basic neurological assessment techniques and task training principles.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse the process of normal neuro- development and the most common neuro- developmental pathologies, analyse the neurological aspects of aging and their relevance to physiotherapy practice;
  • apply knowledge of normal human neuroanatomy and physiology to cases of neurological pathology, allowing interpretation of the nature of a lesion and relationship to physical, cognitive, sensory, affective, behavioural and functional presentation;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the indication for, method of performance and implications of selected neurological tests;
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of skill acquisition and practice, to develop a successful skill training program;
  • demonstrate understanding of the gross anatomy of the brain and central nervous system and demonstrate understanding of neurophysiology including aspects such as neurotransmitters and nerve conduction.
Prerequisites: BM1041 AND PS1001 AND RH1002 AND RH1004 AND BM1042 AND HS1003 AND HS1401 AND PS1002


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Mrs Moira Smith
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Kate Domett, Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Mrs Moira Smith.
Workload expectations:
  • 40 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
  • 4 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (10%); assignments (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: To pass this subject students are required to pass the practical exam, the end of semester examination and complete ePortfolio items as described in the subject outline. No marks are allotted to the ePortfolio items.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.