Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a foundation practice area in the Masters of Physiotherapy Course. It requires students to draw on and apply biomedical knowledge from prior units to interpret clinical scenarios involving the musculoskeletal systems through the use of case based learning, simulation and practical workshops. The unit aims to provide students with the advanced theoretical knowledge, communication skills and management strategies required to critically analyse and clinically reason through acute and chronic musculoskeletal presentations across the lifespan; and to safely assess and manage these conditions in line with evidence based practice and person centred care. These skills are an essential component of work ready practice.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HPT4001

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply and further develop foundational anatomical, physiological and biomechanical knowledge relevant to musculoskeletal based clinical presentations;  
  2. Develop evidence based clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills through a case-based learning approach and develop a person-centered, prioritized problem list;  
  3. Safely and effectively assess and manage common musculoskeletal presentations across the lifespan and inclusive of indigenous and culturally diverse patient populations;  
  4. Evaluate and reflect on treatment outcomes, devise targeted plans for ongoing management and effectively communicate this to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and  
  5. Utilise the Peer Assisted Learning model for constructive peer review and critical self-reflective practice.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Quiz - Week 1 content - Clinical content and practice quiz 15%
Test Modified Essay Question (week 1 and 2 content) 30%
Test Clinical content and practice (week 3 content) 15%
Examination Practical skills assessment: OSCE station-based examination. 40%

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