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PS3002 - Physiotherapy 4

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
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 will further develop student's knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal assessment and intervention. Vertebral and lower limb disorders and common conditions through the lifespan will be explored. The evidence base, safety considerations and, where appropriate, the medico-legal implications of musculoskeletal physiotherapy techniques will be emphasised. The subject is intended to give students the foundation practical abilities and appreciation of the judicious use of manual therapy and associated techniques which will be necessary in future clinical placements.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate sound clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and treatment planning process and an understanding of the goals, intended outcomes and importance of evaluation of treatment for vertebral and lower limb musculoskeletal disorders;
  • demonstrate competent, safe and appropriate performance of selected manual assessment techniques, specific musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment techniques and manual therapy techniques and understand the indications, contraindications, safety considerations and any medico-legal requirements associated with these examination and treatment techniques;
  • integrate key anatomical, pathophysiological and biomechanical knowledge and apply to selected vertebral and lower limb musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (45%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (35%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% inclusive of any penalties applied; achieve at least 50% for the practical and written exams; attend at least 80% of scheduled practical classes; attend all scheduled placements/simulations.

Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND HS2405 AND RH2002 AND PS2005 AND PS2004 AND PS2002 AND PS2003


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones, Dr Carol Flavell
Lecturers: Mrs Rachel Pappas, Dr Helen Land, Dr Carol Flavell, Miss Sue Barrs, Mrs Gitte Nielsen.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 20 hours lectures
  • 48 hours specialised - Practicals
  • 8 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.