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 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HZPOTC and have passed POR3CAT and HBS2SUM OR must be enrolled in HMCPO - Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics

Co-requisites POR3ETT

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Compose information obtained from the subjective and objective assessment of a volunteer client into the prescription and fabrication of clinically realistic prostheses.

Client assessment, casting, fabrication and fitting of transtibial prostheses

02. Integrate findings from volunteer client assessment to produce a justified, viable and reasonable request for the provision of a prostheses for a client with a transtibial amputation.

Case study and clinical report

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.

Casting and cast evaluation

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.

Client assessment, fabrication and bench alignment of transtibial prostheses

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.

Fitting and critique of transtibial prostheses

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Class requirements

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 4.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students are in independent lab sessions with OH&S oversight"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Project 1 - Clinical Report - Check Socket (equivalent to 1,500 words)Assessment, Casting & Fitting activity (equiv 1,000 words), Clinical Report (500 words)40 01, 02, 03, 05
Project 2 - Clinical Report - Fabrication and alignment (equivalent to 1,500 words)Assessment, Casting, Fitting and Alignment activity (equiv 1,000 words), Clinical Report - Gait Analysis (500 words)40 02, 04, 05
Prescription and TAC prosthetic Request (equivalent to 750 words)Prescription and TAC prosthetic Request (750 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05