Neuromuscular Interventions (8978.1)
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|Discipline Of Physiotherapy||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit is co-taught with unit 7786 Neuromuscular Interventions PG.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand the physiological mechanisms behind impairments of weakness, sensory loss, and stiffness;
2. Be competent in assessment of impairments of stiffness (joint and muscle), weakness (primary and secondary), and peripheral sensory (proprioceptive, somatosensory, temperature);
3. Be competent in the description of normal postural control and gait, and be able to describe dysfunctional movement;
4. Begin to use clinical reasoning skills to interpret movement dysfunction in relation to the underlying impairments to be able to plan and implement interventions based on retraining motor skills, strengthening and stretching; and
5. Learn the principles of safe manual handling and sensory test for electro-physical agents. Students will be able to integrate these competencies into clinical physiotherapy practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
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3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites9808 Regional Anatomy and Physiology And 9304 Introduction to Physiotherapy.
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in 202JA Bachelor of Physiotherapy
6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology
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Brody LT, Hall CM. Therapeutic exercise: moving toward function. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: 2017.
There are many suitable books available via Accessphysiotherapy in the library guide.
Look for Physiotherapy under the health guide in the library "Library and subject guides" section.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
If you have any special requirements, such as a reasonable adjustment plan, please discuss these with the Unit Convenor in the first two weeks of the semester. Confirmation of this discussion must be in writing (email is acceptable).
To pass this unit students must:
- Attempt every assessment item - including all four quizzes.
- Achieve an overall mark of 50% or above.
There are no supplementary assessments offered for this unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Moderation of Assessment
The Discipline of Physiotherapy adheres to the University of Canberra’s policies on moderation. The standard of assessment in this unit will be equivalent wherever and however the unit is delivered. Assessment will be moderated to ensure that judgments of students’ performance are consistent, transparent, reliable, and valid. The Discipline of Physiotherapy moderation policy can be provided by the Unit Convener upon request.
This unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the Australian Physiotherapy Council professional learning outcomes for this unit. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendance is expected at all lectures, and 100% participation is required in all tutorials and practicals. It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, preferably by email.
Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in failure of the associated assessment piece.
Consideration will be given for illness; however evidence, such as a medical certificate, will be required.
Required IT skills
The use of Canvas, library searching skills, and word processing, and electronic presentation skills are necessary for this unit.
If you are unfamiliar with these, please access help via the library services.
In-unit costs include a physiotherapy clinical uniform, textbooks, goniometer, tendon reflex hammer, tape measure, and self-printing of the electronically provided material.
Work placement, internships or practicums
While there is no clinical placement attached to this unit, this unit content is assessable in all future clinical placements.
Mandatory notification and physiotherapy student registration
Mandatory Notifications to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia Pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, physiotherapy practitioners (registered physiotherapists) and education providers have an obligation to report ‘notifiable conduct', to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia in order to prevent the public being placed at risk of harm. Education providers are also required, under s.143 of the National Law, to make mandatory notifications in relation to students, if the provider reasonably believes: a) a student enrolled with the provider has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm; b) a student for whom the provider has arranged clinical training has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking the clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
Practitioners are required to make a mandatory notification in relation to a student if the practitioner reasonably believes that a student has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm. All concerns raised within the Discipline of Physiotherapy or by clinical supervisors or preceptors will be reviewed by the Head of Discipline and the Course Convener before any reporting action is taken. These professional obligations are taken seriously by staff and the University. Students should be aware of their obligations under student registration.
For further information, please refer to the following websites: 1. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority; 2. Physiotherapy Board of Australia
Occupational Health and Safety
The following applies to all tutorial classes and practicums.
Students are advised that the same warnings given to patients apply to students undertaking this course e.g. where a pre-existing condition(s) may be affected by any activity in the unit, the student is responsible to advise the unit co-ordinator or relevant teaching staff. Also, in the course of studying physiotherapy students may be exposed to clinical cases and situations that may be stressful. At UC a free Counselling Service is available for all students. All sessions are confidential. The UC Counselling Service is located in the UC Health and Counselling Centre on Level B in Building 1. For more information please go to http://www.canberra.edu.au/health-counselling
Physiotherapy work requires manual handling. You will be taught the correct way to perform manual handling and should use the principles at all times to prevent injury to yourself or your client. If you have any injury that may affect your capacity to perform manual handling skills you are required to notify the unit convener at the commencement of the semester. If you obtain a new injury during the course of the semester that may affect your capacity to perform manual handling skills you are required to notify the unit convener prior to the next practical class. In the event of an injury being sustained during the practice of skills in class you are required to notify the unit convener within 24 hours of the event and complete a UC incident form.
Respect and consent
The student who is role-playing the patient should be given the full respect and courtesy that a patient would. This includes giving warnings, obtaining informed consent before a manual technique is performed, covering body areas that do not need to be exposed for the practice of the technique, and not making any inappropriate verbal comments. As a ‘patient', you will be expected to partially disrobe to allow the ‘therapist' to see relevant body regions. Please ensure you are wearing appropriate underwear or bike shorts for practical classes. Appropriate clothing reinforces a professional environment that fosters mutual respect, confidence and learning. As a therapist, your clothing should not prohibit your movements or present in any way as a safety hazard. Hair should be kept short or tied back off your face, and out of the patient's way. Fingernails should be trimmed, so that the white of the nail cannot be seen when looking at the hand from the palm. No mobile phones are permitted during lectures, practical classes or tutorials. Phones should be switched OFF prior to the commencement of class.
Privacy and confidentiality
As part of its partnership arrangements with health agencies, the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra requires all staff and students to be aware of the requirements of patient privacy. This requires respect for privacy for patients during work integrated learning (clinical) visits and when writing case studies, assignments, writing in clinical records or reflective journals.