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PS3002 - Physiotherapy 4

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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 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 empahsised. 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.

Graduate Qualities

  • 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;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND PS2005 AND PS2004 AND PS2002 AND PS2003


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Dr Susan Gordon, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 42 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (20%); invigilated practical exam (30%).
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.

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.