Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will gain a scientific understanding of the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of some materials used in the fabrication of prosthetic and orthotic devices. You will also learn the basic materials handling skills required to begin fabrication of prosthetic and orthotic devices and will gain practical experience with materials, tools and machinery. You will learn safe working practices of the University workshops, and how to control the occupational health and safety risks encountered in prosthetic and orthotic fabrication.

SchoolAllied Heath, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNathan Collins

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HZHPO - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, or HZPOTC - Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsPOR1PTI

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


SUM Practical Manual

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorS. Hockey





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply knowledge of physical, chemical and mechanical properties of materials relevant to the fabrication of prosthetic and orthotic devices.
02. Demonstrate the safe use of tools and machines within a prosthetic and orthotic context.
03. Apply technical knowledge of materials and fabrication to the development of prosthetic and orthotic devices.
04. Explain material data sheets and their implications

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNathan Collins

Class requirements

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 4.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Conducted in Health Sciences Clinic workshops"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 20
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Conducted in Health Sciences Clinic workshops"


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 1 hour examination (1,000- words equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO4
One Occupational Health and Safety poster (800 words equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO4
One custom manufactured device and report (1500 words equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One three-dimensional physical/digital project (500 words equiv) This task introduces the three-dimensional software context. Students will use CAD software to manipulate a shape, then reproduce that shape in a physical object. CAD software is a new tool used in prosthetic and orthotic fabrication and this is the first step of a scaffolded stream in the P&O program.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2, SILO3