JCU Australia logo

Subject Search

PS2004 - Neuroscience in Physiotherapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

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 movement analysis.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply knowledge of gross anatomy and physiology of the nervous system to neurological pathology;
  • integrate knowledge of neurological pathology with physiotherapy applications;
  • identify, examine and critique current evidence for neurological physiotherapy;
  • demonstrate application of appropriate neurological testing;
  • describe and explain the gross anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
Prerequisites: BM1041 AND PS1001 AND RH1002 AND RH1004 AND BM1042 AND HS1003 AND HS1401 AND PS1002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Moira Smith
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Dr Monika Zimanyi, Mr Chris Myers, Mrs Moira Smith.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 40 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
  • 4 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (15%).
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.