MANAGEMENT OF THE UPPER LIMB

POR4MUL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students gain an understanding of the theoretical basis for, and the clinical practice of, prosthetic and orthotic management of the upper limb. This subject is designed to develop students' understanding of upper limb including applied anatomy, pathomechanics & an introduction to a range of upper limb specific pathologies. The curriculum focuses on developing clinical skills necessary to provide services to persons with upper limb loss or weakness including: undertaking a detailed assessment of the client, develop a well evidenced prescription that meets the client's needs & undertake accurate measurement, casting, fabrication, fitting & adjustment of common upper limb prostheses and/or orthoses. Students will work closely with a variety of clients with upper limb deficiency to further develop their communication skills & ability to establish good working relationships. Students gain practical experience in the application of prostheses & orthoses for the upper limb.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HZPOTC and have passed POR3SLF or Must be admitted in HMCPO

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse the possible outcomes for a person with an upper limb pathology in relation to aetiology and interdisciplinary rehabilitation practices.

Activities:
Case study. Lectures. Practical sessions.

02. Conduct a safe clinical assessment and evaluate findings from subjective and objective assessments to determine clinical outcomes possible for a person with an upper limb pathology.

Activities:
Client assessment for orthotic and/or prosthetic device fitting.

03. Prescribe, apply and evaluate a prosthesis or orthosis to meet the treatment objectives for a given upper limb pathology and in doing so, articulate a strong and well evidenced rationale to justify the treatment.

Activities:
Case study.

05. Communicate clearly and coherently justification for use of a prosthesis or orthosis to manage any of a number of common pathologies affecting the upper limb for a given client.

Activities:
Referal letter. Verbal handover of client to colleague.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Thirty one 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Twenty 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Twenty seven 1.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students in independent lab sessions with OH&S oversight. Sessions noted in timetable."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1.5 hr Written Examination (1,500 word equivalent)40 01, 03
One Upper Limb Orthotics Project (1,400 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 05
One Upper Limb Prosthetics Project (1,400 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 05