Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are given the opportunity to explore the clinical sciences that underpin advanced knowledge in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. The broad subject areas are the pain sciences and human tissue sciences. Tissue sciences will include the soft tissues: muscle, tendon, connective tissue, and bone. The subject will cover how tissues develop, how they adapt to normal and intense use, and how they respond to overload and injury. This knowledge is integral to the development of scientifically-designed rehabilitation programs in physiotherapy.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHenry Wajswelner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: HCSP - Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy or HCMP - Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsExplain pain.RecommendedButler, D and Moseley, L 2003NOI GROUP.
ReadingsThe sensitive nervous system.RecommendedButler, D 2000NOI GROUP.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2014, All Year, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHenry Wajswelner

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 43
One 4.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Online learning resources of two hours per week and discussion forums of two hours per week."


Assessment elementComments%
Contribution to online forums equivalent to 2,500 words.Online forum Topic in Pain Sciences.50
One 2,500-word assignment.Assignment topic on Tissue Sciences.50