Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will develop the clinical and practical skills to provide a range of transtibial prostheses. Students will apply knowledge and skills in the assessment, casting, fabrications, alignment and evaluation of transtibial prostheses. Students are required to complete projects addressing the assessment, prescription, fabrication and prosthetic management of clients with transtibial amputations. Within this subject, students will apply prosthetic theory, patient assessment skills, anatomy, pathology and biomechanics relevant to transtibial prosthetic management. Students are required to demonstrate effective communication skills with clients and colleagues.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites POR3CAT and HBS2SUM or admission into HMCPO - Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics

Co-requisites POR5TTE

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Conduct a client assessment collecting and recording relevant subjective and physical assessment information that might affect the prescription and fabrication of a clinically realistic transtibial prostheses

# collect relevant subjective information that may impact on the construction of a transtibial prosthetic prescription. # select clearance tests and more focused detailed lower limb physical assessment performing a range of clinical examinations, tests, measurements and observations in a logical, safe and efficient manner. # record the information in a concise and systematic way that clearly communicates the clinical measurements, facts and observations.

02. Integrate the subjective and physical assessment to provide a comprehensive prosthetic prescription report that meets the specific needs of the amputee client

# integrate the assessment data to identify and select transtibial components that meet the functional needs of the amputee client. # be able to formulate and justify a basic prescription and treatment plan that addresses the amputee client's functional needs.

03. Create and evaluate plaster cast impressions of transtibial limb remnants that are suitable to be used for the fabrication of comfortable, functional, weight bearing clinically realistic transtibial prostheses

# capture accurate plaster casts of a transtibial limb remnant, representing the shape and loaded tissue areas in the negative socket. # evaluate negative plaster casts to assess its viability, accuracy and likely modifications needed. # modify positive plaster casts in a systematic manner to enable the production of sockets that will fit the limb precisely and comfortably.

04. Integrate client assessment to fabricate clinically realistic transtibial prostheses with bench alignments that are consistent with amputees needs, are safe to manufacture and use and are suitable for the fitting and alignment process

# select suitable materials and components to fabricate a safe, functional prosthetic limb. # use materials and equipment in a safe manner to create a transtibial prosthetic limb that can be dynamically aligned. # comply with manufacturers# specifications to produce a transtibial limb that is structurally safe, comfortable and functional for the client with a transtibial amputation to use.

05. Evaluate fit and function of clinically realistic transtibial prosthetic limbs to achieve a well-fitting and functional prosthetic outcome utilising gait analysis, outcome measures and systematic evaluation consistent with clinical practice

# evaluate, identify problems and adjust the fit of the transtibial prosthetic socket using basic, well finished material to produce well-fitting prostheses. # evaluate and adjust the alignment of transtibial prostheses to achieve the best functional outcome for the client.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJoellen McPhan

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students may also access labs during independent lab time to complete projects if additional time is required. This time is independent, students are required to work with minimal supervision available for OH&S."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Project 1 - project critiquefabrication & fitting assessment (equiv 1,000 words), written prescription (equiv 500 words), case evaluation (equiv 500 words)50 01, 02, 03, 05
Project 2 - project critique.fitting assessment (equiv 500 words)20 04
Project 3 - project critique.fabrication & fitting assessment (equiv 1,000 words), written prescription (equiv 500 words)30 01, 02, 04, 05