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PS2004 - Neuroscience in Physiotherapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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

  • understand the process of normal neuro- development and the most common neuro- developmental pathology and the neurological aspects of aging and their relevance to physiotherapy practice;
  • possess the ability to apply knowledge of normal human neuroanatomy and physiology to cases of neurological pathology, allowing an understanding of the nature of the lesion and relationship to physical, cognitive, sensory, affective, behavioural and functional presentation;
  • understand the indication for, method of performance and implications of selected neurological tests;
  • possess a sound knowledge of skill acquisition and practice, allowing the student to develop a successful skill training program;
  • an understanding of the gross anatomy of the brain and central nervous system and possess a sound understanding of neurophysiology including aspects such as neurotransmitters and nerve conduction.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically.
Prerequisites: BM1041 AND PS1001 AND RH1002 AND RH1004 AND BM1042 AND HS1003 AND HS1401 AND PS1002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Jackie Reznik
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Dr Jackie Reznik.
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: The practical exam and written exam are must pass exams. Students are required to complete organised clinical placements and experiences, and maintain a logbook and portfolio that documents their clinical experience in order to pass the subject. No marks are allotted to this task.

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.