University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics

Course code/s: HZPOTC

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course code HZPOTC
Mid year intake available Yes - intake commencing in June at the Melbourne campus, subject to available places, and to be confirmed in April 2018. Students taking this option study 3.5 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study).
Course coordinator Ms Kerry Fisher
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 083317C/062802G
Course duration

Commencing semester 1: 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Commencing June: 3.5 years full time as accelerated - non-standard first year (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes The June intake is only available at the Bundoora campus and will only proceed if the course has available places.

Course description

Prosthetics and orthotics are the clinical disciplines related to the provision of prostheses (artificial limbs) to people with amputations and orthoses (supportive devices) to people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders. The majority of subjects undertaken in this course are core subjects.

In first year, students will undertake an interdisciplinary core year in which students enrol in subjects with peers across health sciences courses. The focus of this year is on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health and on developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors.

The second year of study will see students begin to develop skills specific to the discipline and further explore the underpinning human biosciences and public health aspects. These focus areas include detailed anatomy, clinical assessment techniques, material selection and management of spinal and limb fractures.

During the third year of the course, students will expand on their theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and prosthetic and orthotic prescription and fabrication. Learning will be enhanced by strong practical skills in research methodology, and the application of prosthetic and orthotic clinical skills.

By fourth year, students will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to the management of disorders across the life span using case-based learning techniques in national and international clinical facilities. Students utilise a wide variety of equipment available for the manufacture of devices as well as develop their communication and clinical skills.

Students benefit from time spent within clinical school facilities located within Melbourne. Clinical placements at prosthetic and orthotic facilities across Australia, and around the world, are a key feature of the final year of the course.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over four year of full-time study (for those commencing in Semester 1) or three and a half years of study for those commencing in June.

First year (commencing semester 1)

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education* 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module** 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1   Students to select a first-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2   Students to select a first-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key:  * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

** LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First year (commencing June)

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-2 ABS0WOM Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education* 0
TE-SEM-2 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module ** 0
TE-W27-38 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-W27-38 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-W27-38 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-W42-05 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-W42-05 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-W42-05 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2, TE-SUM1/TE-SUM2 or TE-SUM3   Students to select first-year level elective subjects to the value of 30 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 30
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key:  * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

** LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (165 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER   Students to select a first or second-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-W10-14 POR2TPO Trends in Prosthetics and Orthotics 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2ALU Anatomy: Lower and Upper Limbs 15
TE-W16-23 POR2PGC Paediatrics and Gerontology in Prosthetics and Orthotics 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2SUM Science and Use of Materials 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3NPM Normal and Pathological Movement 15
TE-SEM-2 POR3CAT Clinical Assessment Techniques 15
TE-SEM-2 POR3SLF Orthotic Management of Spinal and Limb Fractures 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PBD Pathophysiologic Basis for Disease 15
TE-SEM-2   Students to select a third-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15

Third year

Third year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER 3 POR3COF Clinical Orthotic Management of the Foot 15
TE-SEM-1 POR3CTT Clinical Transtibial Prosthetics 15
TE-SEM-1 POR3ETT Evidence of Transtibial Prosthetics 15
TE-SEM-1 POR3EOF Extended Orthotic Management of the Foot 15
TE-SEM-1 POR3ACR Applied Clinical Research in Prosthetics and Orthotics 15
TE-SEM-2 POR4EFA Evidence of Foot Ankle Orthotics 15
TE-SEM-2 POR4CFA Clinical Foot Ankle Orthotics 15
TE-SEM-2 POR4SCR Seminars in Clinical Research 15
TE-SEM-2 POR4MUL Management of the Upper Limb 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W06-24 or TE-W27-52 POR5CEA Clinical Education in Prosthetics and Orthotics A 30
TE-W06-24 or TE-W27-52 POR5ELP Extended Lower Limb Prosthetics 30
TE-W06-24 or TE-W27-52 POR5ELO Extended Lower Limb Orthotics 30
TE-W06-24 or TE-W27-52 POR5ECE Extended Clinical Experience 30

 

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