Clinical Physiology

Subject PHTY90080 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Campus based and online lectures, tutorials and seminars

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Mrs Lara Edbrooke


Subject Overview:

This subject covers aspects of applied physiology within the context of evidence-based physiotherapy clinical practice. It examines the neurophysiology of pain and how pain is managed in clinical practice. It includes the management of different types of pain and presents the evidence supporting a variety of interventions. Furthermore the subject explores the theoretical concepts related to muscle and exercise physiology, motor control and motor performance and how these relate to current physiotherapy clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will have had the opportunity to:

  • Develop advanced knowledge of the theory and research underpinning the neurophysiology of pain including the different types of pain and their clinical features
  • Acquire an understanding of pain assessment methods across the lifespan
  • Develop advanced knowledge of the multi-disciplinary approaches to pain management
  • Acquire theoretical knowledge of: a) physiology including muscle structure, mechanical properties, response to use and abuse; b) responses to muscle resisitance training in athletes and those with chronic disease; c) concepts of motor skill learning and neuroplasticity and its application to physiotherapy clinical practice
  • 1 x oral presentation (5 min) and annotated bibliography of approximately 1000 words at either mid semester or end of semester (30%)
  • 2000 word written assignment worth 35% due mid-semester.
  • 2000 word written assignment worth 35% due at the end of the semester.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students who successfully complete this subject will have had the opportunity to:

  • Develop an appreciation of the team approach to learning in complex areas
  • Develop an appreciation of the importance of, and development of, good written and verbal communication skills to articulate knowledge in exercise and motor learning
  • Build on their ability to evaluate and synthesise research and professional literature, and apply this information to novel situations
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy

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