Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal Practice

Unit code: HPT4001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


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.

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-centred, 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. Execute constructive peer review and critical self-reflective practice utilising the Peer Assisted Learning model.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Test (30mins)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Scenario (Modified Essay Question) (1 hour)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 15%
Peer review and self-reflective practice (500 words)
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 40%
Practical skills assessment: OSCE station-based examination. (30mins)

Required reading

Suggested readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine: Injuries, Volume 1
Brukner, P., Clarsen B., Cook, J., Cools, A., Crossley, K., Hutchinson, M., McCrory, P., Bahr, R., & Khan, K. (Eds.), (2017).| McGraw-Hill

As part of a course

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