Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will extend their ability to critically appraise a wide range of contemporary research in prosthetics and orthotics. Facilitated workshops, keynote addresses and journal clubs lead students to critically examine thematically related research and provide an opportunity to develop a real depth of understanding about research in a given area. Through these activities, students will consider the influence of common issues with the design or execution of contemporary research and the impact these issues have on our understanding of the effectiveness of prosthetic and orthotic interventions. Students will also develop an understanding of common outcome measures used in prosthetics and orthotics practice. By learning to correctly use outcome measures, students will be able to obtain valid and reliable data. Given an understanding of the psychometric properties of measurement, students will learn to fairly interpret these outcomes data to inform decisions about the effect of an intervention.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJade Tan

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 one of the following courses: HZPOTC or HMCPO and must have passed POR3ACR


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. Critically appraise a range of contemporary prosthetic and orthotic literature
02. Collect and analyse data using clinically relevant outcome measures to inform decisions about the effect of an intervention
03. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of contemporary prosthetics and orthotics research

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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-ordinatorJade Tan

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Letter to the Editor (1250 word equivalent) All written tasks focus on developing complexity and sophistication of written argument and as such, word counts do not fairly acknowledge the difficulty of the task. Task designed to mirror communications in professional journals in terms of clarity and sophistication of arguments.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3

25 minute group oral presentation (1250 word equivalent) 2 students per group; equivalent to 12.5 minute presentation each and 625 words/student

N/AOral presentationGroupNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

2-hour Individual take home exam (2000 word equivalent)Take home exam requires students to read and familiarise themselves with research articles so they can prepare in-depth responses to exam questions; a task not appropriate to an in-class examination.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3