Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the theory and practice of clinical assessment techniques used within the prosthetic and orthotic clinical setting. Principles of normal and pathological body postures and function are addressed. There is significant focus on assessment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders affecting the limbs and spine. Practical sessions develop clinical assessment skills and provide experience in the applicable assessment techniques.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS2ALU

Co-requisites HBS3NPM

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in prosthetics and orthotics

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsJoint Motion and Function Assessment - A research based practical guidePrescribedClarkson, HM. 2005LIPPINCOTT, WILLIAMS AND WILKINS
ReadingsJoint Structure and FunctionRecommendedNorkin, C and Levangie, P 20054TH EDITION, FA DAVIS CO
ReadingsPhysical Examination of the Spine and ExtremitiesRecommendedHoppenfeld, S 1976PRENTICE HALL

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 15-min practical station exam30
one 20-min clinical assessment40
one case study (equivalent to 1,000 words)30