Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students gain an understanding of the theoretical basis for, and the clinical practice of, prosthetic and orthotic management of the upper limb. This subject is designed to develop students' understanding of upper limb including applied anatomy, pathomechanics & an introduction to a range of upper limb specific pathologies. The curriculum focuses on developing clinical skills necessary to provide services to persons with upper limb loss or weakness including: undertaking a detailed assessment of the client, develop a well evidenced prescription that meets the client's needs & undertake accurate measurement, casting, fabrication, fitting & adjustment of common upper limb prostheses and/or orthoses. Students will work closely with a variety of clients with upper limb deficiency to further develop their communication skills & ability to establish good working relationships. Students gain practical experience in the application of prostheses & orthoses for the upper limb.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorClaudia Doebrich

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in: HZPOTC AND must have passed POR3SLF; OR Must be admitted in HMCPO and no other rules apply


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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. Analyse the possible outcomes for a person with an upper limb pathology in relation to aetiology and interdisciplinary rehabilitation practices.
02. Conduct a safe clinical assessment and evaluate findings from subjective and objective assessments to determine clinical outcomes possible for a person with an upper limb pathology.
03. Prescribe, apply and evaluate a prosthesis or orthosis to meet the treatment objectives for a given upper limb pathology and in doing so, articulate a strong and well evidenced rationale to justify the treatment.
04. Communicate clearly and coherently justification for use of a prosthesis or orthosis to manage any of a number of common pathologies affecting the upper limb for a given client.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorClaudia Doebrich

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twenty seven 1.00 hour laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students in independent lab sessions with OH&S oversight. Sessions noted in timetable.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Twenty 1.00 hour lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
Thirty one 1.00 hour practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 hour tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2 hour Written Examination (2000 word equivalent)


One Upper Limb Orthotics Project (1000 word equivalent)


One Upper Limb Prosthetics Project (1500 word equivalent)