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PS3003 - Physiotherapy 5

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.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • understand key anatomical, pahtophysiological, cognitive, psychological and biomechanical aspects of selected neurological conditions;
  • demonstrate the sound clinical reasoning skills required to guide the assessment and treatment planning process for an individual with neurological pathology;
  • demonstrate the competent, safe and appropriate performance of selected physiotherapy assessment and intervention techniques and tools relevant to individuals with neurological conditions;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the goals and realistic outcomes of physiotherapy intervention and the importance of evaluation in guiding the intervention approach;
  • demonstrate the effective communication skills required to produce a successful clinical interaction and an appreciation of how cognitive and sensory problems can affect patient- physiotherapist interaction.

Graduate Qualities

  • 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;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND PS2005 AND PS2004 AND PS2002 AND PS2003 AND RH2002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Ruth Barker, Dr Jackie Reznik
Lecturers: Dr Ruth Barker, Dr Jackie Reznik.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 50 hours practicals
  • 12 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (35%); practical exam (20%); assignments (20%); viva voce (25%).

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.