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PSIO12001 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1
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General Information


This unit will provide you with an introduction to the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in the lower limb, pelvis and lumbar spine for clients across the lifespan. This unit will focus on the development of an evidence based, problem solving approach to common clinical presentations. The completion of this unit will enable you to apply effective clinical reasoning and to integrate and apply both specific and generic physiotherapeutic skills that underpin client-centred assessment and management.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in PSIO12001 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1 you must be enrolled into the CB85 course and have completed the following pre-requisites: PSIO11004 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 1 PSIO11003 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 2 BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1 BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2 Co-requisite: ALLH12008 Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Group Work
Weighting: 30%
3. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail
4. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from SUTE Survey


Students recommended that more clarity be provided regarding the group work assignment.


It is recommended that academics provide clearer information regarding the expectations of the group work assignment.

Feedback from SUTE Survey


Students recommended that more videos be provided of additional techniques.


Where possible, it is recommended that academic staff provide additional videos for all techniques presented within PSIO12001.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and discuss the clinical presentation of common musculoskeletal conditions
  2. Identify and discuss assessment and treatment techniques for common musculoskeletal conditions, while identifying clinical indicators of serious pathology
  3. Design and demonstrate an assessment of a client and interpret and analyse the findings
  4. Design and demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions
  5. Demonstrate acceptable professional and ethical behaviours consistent with a physiotherapy practitioner.

The Learning Outcomes and Assessment tasks have been mapped against and aligned with the Australian Physiotherapy Council’s Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Group Work - 30%
3 - On-campus Activity - 0%
4 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Group Work - 30%
3 - On-campus Activity - 0%
4 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Brukner & Khans Clincal Sports Medicine: Injuries , VOL. 1

Edition: 5th (2017)
Authors: Brukner, P. & Khan, K.
McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9781760421663
Binding: Hardcover

Musculoskeletal Examination and Assessment: A Handbook for Therapists

Edition: 5th (2018)
Authors: Petty, N. & Ryder, D.
Churchill Livingstone
Great Britain
ISBN: 9780702067174
Binding: Paperback

Orthopedic Physical Assessment

Seventh Edition (2020)
Authors: Magee, D. & Manske, R.
St Louis St Louis , Missouri , United States of America
ISBN: 9780323749510
Binding: Hardcover

Principles of Musculoskeletal Treatment and Management: A Handbook for Therapists

Edition: 3rd (2018)
Authors: Petty, N. & Barnard., K.
Churchill Livingstone
Great Britain
ISBN: 9780702067198
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

The supplementary text book "Principles of Musculoskeletal Treatment and Management: A Handbook for Therapists" is only listed as it may be cheaper to purchase this book as a bundle package with the prescribed text "Musculoskeletal Examination and Assessment: A Handbook for Therapists". Please email the unit coordinator if you have any questions. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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