This unit assumes that you have a good understanding of all content delivered in semester A. In particular this unit will draw from your previous knowledge on spinal anatomy, history taking, performing a physical examination and exercise prescription.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The blended learning and teaching approach in this unit aims to help students develop a deep understanding of principles and the ability to independently solve problems, with the expectation that students can then translate this knowledge to different clinical scenarios (e.g. patients with slightly different presentations). Lectures covering foundation knowledge will be delivered live online via zoom and include discussion and learning activities. These will be recorded and made available via iLearn. These lectures will be complimented by fortnightly online tutorials and weekly on-campus practical sessions that will help students consolidate, extend and apply what they are learning each week. The online tutorials will take place in small groups via an online video conferencing platform and will involve the exploration of case studies designed to promote high-level clinical reasoning and prepare students for the practical classes. Practical sessions will focus on the development and application of technical skills and will take place on-campus in authentic learning environments to optimally prepare students for their future clinical placements. Additional video and reading resources as well as consolidation activities will be made available to students online to further facilitate learning.
This is a ten credit point unit.
In the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences professionalism is a key capability embedded in all our programs. As part of developing professionalism, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences students are expected to participate in all learning and teaching activities.
All lectures and tutorials are scheduled in your individual timetable. The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/. You may make a request to your unit convenor to attend a different tutorial on a one-off basis for extenuating circumstances.
Failure to attend any learning and teaching activities, including lectures and tutorials, may impact your final results. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their tutor or the unit convenor by email to inform tutors if they are going to be absent.
Unit materials and readings
There is no compulsory textbook for this unit. Weekly readings will come from journal articles and a range of text book chapters. Most weekly readings will be available on e-reserve or as full text articles through the library. Where this is not possible a hard copy will be placed in the library reserve. Weekly readings will be listed on iLearn. We will provide a number of weekly consolidation resources. Some will be marked compulsory while others are optional useful resources that interested students can chose to use to deepen and broaden their knowledge.
Technology and equipment
Teaching rooms are equipped with state of art audio-visual and ICT equipment including ipads, internet connection and multiple LCD screens. Students will use a range of physiotherapy specific equipment typically used in the assessment and management of people with a range of health conditions.
To study optimally when off campus you will need to have access to a reliable internet connection to retrieve unit information & at times to submit assessment tasks via iLearn.
Videos of many of the assessment and treatment skills will be available on the iLearn site.
Consultation with staff: All staff will be available for individual consultation. See iLearn for contact details.