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PS3003 - Physiotherapy 5

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.

The subject will build on the foundations of assessment and neurology developed in PS2004 and PS2005. Students will be required to apply knowledge and skills to the assessment of selected neurological disorders. New skills in the treatment of selected neurological disorders will be developed and specific assessment measures will be investigated, providing students with the tools required to competently assess and treat an individual with physical dysfunction as a result of neurological pathology. Treatment planning and evaluation will be investigated, with reference to current literature and prevailing scientific theory relevant to neurological physiotherapy.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate competent, safe and appropriate performance of selected physiotherapy assessment and intervention techniques and tools relevant to individuals with physical dysfunction due to neurological conditions;
  • examine and relate key anatomical, pathophysiological, cognitive, psychological and biomechanical aspects of selected neurological conditions;
  • apply effective communication skills required to produce a successful clinical interaction and an appreciation of how cognitive and sensory problems can affect patient- physiotherapist interaction;
  • apply sound clinical reasoning skills required to guide the assessment and treatment planning process for an individual with physical dysfunction due to neurological conditions;
  • critically evaluate the physiotherapy intervention approach with respect to treatment outcomes, goals and required treatment modifications.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (55%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (25%) - 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: Dr Moira Smith
Lecturers: Mr Chris Myers, Dr Moira Smith.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 24 hours lectures
  • 8 hours online activity - Online module
  • 35 hours specialised - Practicals
  • 12 hours placement
  • 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.