Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy B

Subject 513-677 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Lectures, practical sessions and tutorials

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions.
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to undertake a number of hours of self directed learning in this subject. Approximately 72 hours of self directed learning is suggested.

Prerequisites: 513-676 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 513-697 Sports Physiotherapy B
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Guy Zito
Subject Overview: This subject builds on the concepts presented in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A to further extend the students' knowledge and clinical expertise.

The suject objectives are to provide an opportunity for students to:

  • Build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A
  • Further develop clinical reasoning that incorporates theoretical concepts with evidence based practice in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Recognise the implications of dysfunction on the neuro-musculo-skeletal system and the students' clinical decision making
  • Explore psychosocial affects and illness behaviours in chronic pain

Practical skills examination - 20 minutes (35%)

Class presentation - 10 minutes (35%)

Written assignment - 2,000 words (30%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:
  • BOYLING JD & JULL GA (eds) (2004): Grieve's Modern Manual Therapy - The Vertebral Column, 3rd edn. Elsevier Churchill Linvingstone, Edinburgh
  • BUTLER DS (2000): The Sensitive Nervous System, Noigroup Publications, Adelaide
  • CLELAND J (2007): Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence Based Approach for Physical Therapists, Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia
  • HENGEVELD E & BANKS K (2005): Maitland's Peripheral Manipulation, 4th edn, Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann, Edinburgh
  • HIGGS J, JONES M, LOFTUS S & CHRISTENSEN N (eds) (2008): Clinical Reasoning In The Health Professions, 3rd edn, Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann, Amsterdam
  • MAITLAND GD, HENGEVELD E, BANKS K & ENGLISH K (2005): Maitland's Vertebral Manipulation, 7th edn, Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann, Edinburgh
  • MAGEE DJ (2008): Orthopaedic Physical Assessment - Enhanced Edition, 5th edn, Saunders Elsevier, St Louis

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Ability to apply evidence-based knowledge and skills
  • Appreciation of the importance of the team approach to problem solving
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