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PS3002 - Physiotherapy 4

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 will further develop student's knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal assessment and intervention. Vertebral and lower limb disorders and common paediatric conditions 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;
  • explain key anatomical, pathophysiological and biomechanical aspects of selected vertebral and lower limb musculoskeletal injuries.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND HS2405 AND RH2002 AND PS2005 AND PS2004 AND PS2002 AND PS2003


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Carol Flavell
Lecturers: Dr Helen Land, Dr Carol Flavell.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 42 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); invigilated practical exam (30%); assignments (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students are required to achieve a pass mark in both the practical examination and in the written examination paper in order to pass the subject. Students are also required to complete clinical placement, submit a completed clinical logbook and complete ePortfolio items as described in the subject outline. No marks are allotted to the clinical placement, clinical logbook or 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.