Neurology and Neuroscience 1A

Subject PHTY30007 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

February, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 76 hours lectures, tutorials, practical classes and self directed learning
Total Time Commitment: Students will need to allow time for self-directed learning. The following hours are given as minimum requirements: 1 hour pre/post reading for lectures, 2 hours per hour of tutorial sessions and 2 hours extra per week for practical classes. Third year students will need to spend approximately 2 hours per day in independent study.
Prerequisites: This subject is not available as a single subject. Students must have passed year 2 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy and be currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Year 3 to undertake this subject.

Students will be enrolled in:

  • Evidence Based Physiotherapy Practice 1
  • Musculoskeletal Clinical Science 1A
  • Cardiorespiratory Pathophysiology 1A
Recommended Background Knowledge: Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Kimberly Miller


Dr Kimberly Miller
Subject Overview: This subject focuses on the theoretical component of neurology and neuroscience and prepares students for the clinical application of this theory. It introduces a framework for clinical reasoning in the assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological and neurosurgical conditions. The emphasis of this subject is development of clinical reasoning in the assessment of neurological patients including the confirmation of likely contributing factors to activity limitations and participation restrictions, and the establishment of prioritized patient-centered problem lists and treatment goals. Physiotherapy management to address identified problems and treatment goals in neurological patients will be devised and applied at a basic level using theories of motor control, motor learning, task specific training and facilitation with consideration of the patients' social and cultural situation and the team management plan for the patient.
Objectives: This subject aims to:
  • • introduce a theoretical framework for neurological rehabilitation
  • • provide descriptions of common neurological disorders in adults and children
  • • introduce a selection of neurological assessment techniques including observational analysis, and specific impairment and activity limitation evaluation
  • • introduce selected physiotherapeutic interventions including but not limited to motor control and motor learning, and facilitation
  • • provide opportunities to perform neurological assessments with other students, using videotaped examples.
  • • introduce design and application of appropriate physiotherapy management at a basic or introductory level and encourage critical evaluation of these programs.

Students must pass the combined theoretical and practical components of the assessment in order to pass the subject.

  • 2-hour written examination at the end of semester (60%)
  • Practical/Tutorial class assessment (10%) during the semester
  • Practical skills examination at end of semester (30%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

By the completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • An appreciation of the importance of, and development of good written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to begin to apply new research data to problem-solve in clinical cases
  • Provide opportunities to discuss education and compliance issues recognizing the interactions of psychosocial, communication and ethical factors with emphasis on client-centred practice
  • An appreciation of the importance of, and skills in developing, a team approach in working with colleagues
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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