Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will develop the knowledge and skills required for evidence-based practice in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. You will develop skills in formulating answerable clinical questions, searching for the available evidence, critical appraisal of the literature and making decisions about clinical practice based on the evidence. The subject is comprised of online learning modules, resources, facilitated discussion board tasks and required readings. You will complete a written Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) based on a sports or musculoskeletal physiotherapy problem that you have encountered in clinical practice.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEdmund Leahy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesYou will undertake a range of learning activities, including synchronous and asynchronous online lectures, completion of learning modules, moderated discussion forums, and additional reading. You will apply and extend upon your knowledge and skills from your practice.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: Master of Sports Physiotherapy HMSPH or Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy HMMSPC or HCSP - Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy or HCMP - Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy


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

Learning resources

Practical evidence based physiotherapy

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorHerbert R, Jamtvedt G, Birger Hagen K & Mead J


Edition/Volume2nd Edition



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. Formulate answerable musculoskeletal or sports clinical research questions
02. Construct and execute a comprehensive, efficient search strategy to locate relevant evidence from a range of relevant sources.
03. Develop clear inclusion and exclusion criteria relative to research questions, and assess the evidence using these criteria.
04. Critically appraise the methodology of a variety of research designs relevant to musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy
05. Interpret and summarise research findings to answer formulated musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy clinical research questions
06. Integrate research into clinical practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, All Year, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEdmund Leahy

Class requirements

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 43
Three 1.00 hour scheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 43 and delivered via online.
Synchronous online lecture via Zoom

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 43
Twenty one 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 43 and delivered via online.
Asynchronous online lectures (written, and recorded online lectures, including independent learning tasks.)

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 43
Twenty four 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 43 and delivered via online.
Participation in asynchronous tutor- facilitated discussion forums


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Assignment (500-words). Formulation of a clinical question and search of relevant databases

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Assignment (1,000-words). Appraisal of a study related to diagnosis.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO4, SILO5

Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) assignment (3,000- words).

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6