Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy B

Subject PHTY90085 (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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

72 Hours


PHTY90084 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy together with clinical experience in musculoskeletal 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 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 and thereby equip them with enhanced skills required to work clinically at an advanced level.

Learning Outcomes:

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 integrate 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
  • Explore psychosocial affects and illness behaviours in chronic pain
  • Develop more sensitive and specific handling skills with regard to manual skills including soft tissue, mobilization and high velocity thrust techniques
  • Gain proficiency in implementing and critically evauluating musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical manangement plans from the acute phase through to full rehabilitation of the patient
  • Critically evaluate presentations from specialist physiotherapists and leaders in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills as therapists and educators
  • Understand the need for continued professional commitment to the development of musculoskeletal practice
  1. One written assignment - 2500 words (35%) due end of semester 2
  2. Class presentation - 15 mins total (40%) incorporating presentation (25%) annotated bibliography (10%) and peer review (5%) in the last 2 weeks of semester 2
  3. Practical skills evaluation throughout semester 2 (25%)
Prescribed Texts:


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

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