Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy B

Subject PHTY90085 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 Hours
Total Time Commitment: 72 Hours

PHTY90084 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy together with clinical experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Guy Zito


Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 6434
F: +61 3 8344 4188
Subject Overview:

This subject builds on the concepts presented in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A to further extend the students' knowledge and clinical expertise.


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

  • Build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A
  • Become better communicators and educators
  • Further develop clinical reasoning that incorporates theoretical concepts with evidence based practice in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Reflect on the implications of dysfunction on the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the students' clinical decision making
  • Critically evaluate presentations from specialist physiotherapists in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Explore psychosocial affects and illness behaviours in chronic pain
  • Gain an advanced level of competency in prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of specific neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.
  1. One written assignment - 2000 words (30%) due end of semester 2
  2. Clinical case journal - 2000 words (30%) due last week of September
  3. Class presentation - 15mins total (40%) incorporating presentation (25%) annotated bibliography (10%) and peer review (5%) in the last 2 weeks of semester 2
  4. Practical skills evaluation – during semester 2 (pass/fail). Hurdle requirement*
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

A list of recommended texts will be discussed at the commencement of the semester

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
  • Appreciation of global issues in professional physiotherapy practice
  • Ability to utilize new technologies
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy (General) CW
Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

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