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PS2004 - Neuroscience in Physiotherapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
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 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 movement analysis.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply knowledge of gross anatomy and physiology of the nervous system to neurological pathology;
  • integrate knowledge of neurological pathology with physiotherapy applications;
  • identify, examine and critique current evidence for neurological physiotherapy;
  • demonstrate application of appropriate neurological testing;
  • describe and explain the gross anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (15%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Multi-station assessment task (MSAT) - (15%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (20%) - 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; achieve satisfactory/pass for portfolio tasks.

Prerequisites: BM1041 AND PS1001 AND RH1002 AND RH1004 AND BM1042 AND HS1003 AND HS1401 AND PS1002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Mrs Moira Smith
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Mr Chris Myers, Mrs Moira Smith.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 20 hours practicals
  • 7 hours laboratory sessions
  • 4 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.