PSIO13007 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will advance your knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of complex musculoskeletal conditions, with a focus on developing and refining your clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills. The unit will foster an evidence-based and client-centred approach to physiotherapy management of acute sporting injuries, orthopaedic surgery, complex spinal and peripheral conditions, chronic disease and persisting pain, across the lifespan. Complex clinical presentations will be explored in the context of biological, social and psychological factors that influence client recovery and participation.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in this unit you must be enrolled in the CB85 Course and meet the following pre-requisites:

PSIO12001 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1

PSIO12005 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 20%
2. In-class Test(s) 30%
3. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 50%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 88.24% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 45.95% response rate.

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.

Source: SUTE and personal communication
Students enjoyed the strong emphasis on practical content and skill development, and the provision of video resources to support their learning
It is recommended that the current video library of techniques continue to be offered, and expanded where possible.
Action Taken
The current library of practical videos was expanded.
Source: SUTE
Students requested answers be provided to the extra case studies
It is recommended that, where appropriate, example answers be provided for some of the case study questions in the practical workbook.
Action Taken
Students were provided with example answers to select case studies.
Source: Personal communication
Students found the external lecturers very informative and beneficial to their learning.
It is recommended that the unit continues to use sessional staff to support student learning in areas of speciality clinical practice.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit Evaluation of Teaching (SUTE)
Students would like to have access to previous in-class test assessments
It is recommended that additional mock exam questions be provided to students, which may include the use of mock online quizzes to support student preparation for the Mid-Term and End-Term In-Class Test.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate theoretical and applied knowledge of pathophysiology, symptomatology, clinical course and prognosis for complex musculoskeletal conditions
  2. Develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based assessment and treatment for clients with complex musculoskeletal conditions
  3. Explain how biological, social, and psychological factors inform a physiotherapy intervention plan for clients with complex musculoskeletal conditions
  4. Describe the role of the physiotherapist within an interprofessional team in the management of clients with complex musculoskeletal conditions
  5. Demonstrate acceptable professional and ethical behaviours consistent with a physiotherapy practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
4 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
4 - On-campus Activity