Handbook Public View

This page displays current curriculum information. For staff view, please login

Unit (2019)

Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2019 academic year.

Physical Assessment and Rehabilitation (EXS306)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Provides students with a basic understanding of rehabilitation assessments, techniques and protocols. It enhances the ability of a student to assist in developing of a person to the fullest physical, psychological, social, vocational, and educational potential within their physiological/anatomic impairments and environmental limitations. Upon completion, students will be able to develop and implement baseline exercise rehabilitation techniques for patients who have a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
Unit Learning Outcomes The learning objective of this unit are categorised as Knowledge and Skills.
1. Understand the concepts of history-taking, SOAP note format, and patient evaluation procedures.
2. Develop a therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation programme including overall goals and milestones.
3. Understand commonly utilised evaluation procedures utilised by other health care providers such as imaging and electro-diagnostic procedures.
4. Understand commonly utilised management procedures for the musculoskeletal system including electrotherapy, therapeutic physical agents, manipulation and mobilisation, injections, analgesics and NSAID.
5. Understand the concepts of therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and apply them for range of motion, stretching, resistance for impaired muscles and impaired balance.
6. Understand the concepts of management methods utilising therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises for various body regions including the spine, upper and lower extremities.
7. Demonstrate the ability to apply basic evaluation and assessment procedures including anthropometric measurements.
8. Demonstrate the ability to perform posture and gait assessment, functional tests such as range of motion, utilise palpation, and implement stretching techniques for healthy population.
9. Demonstrate the ability to perform and instruct a client/patient on therapeutic range of motion, stretching, resistance and balance procedures for patients with disability.
10. Demonstrate an ability to apply therapeutic rehabilitative exercise to the spinal, shoulder, elbow/wrist/hand, hip, knee and ankle/foot regions of the body.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar: 1 x 2 hours per week; Practical: 1 x 2.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Because this is a Year Three unit it is designed to encourage student interaction by placing them in the position of professional 'thus engaging students to develop and think more clinically and critically'. This is vital at this level of student because it is during this time that they are entering into their practicum placements. This entices student interest significantly by actively involving them in the learning process and instilling a sense of professional'. This unit is designed to provide an environment which moves students into a critical/clinical thinking mode by challenging students in labs through the use of a self-paced approach to the skills being presented and requiring students to apply information learned before the divulgence of answers by the lecturer further enhances the development of critical thinking skills. This unit's aim is to set the knowledge of a basic framework of standard rehabilitation protocols and provide to the student the means to develop the knowledge and skills to seek additional, specific rehabilitation protocols. The student will need to commit to approximately 12 hours per week which includes lecture, labs, assigned readings, revision and case study. This unit enhances the student transition into fourth year practicum placements.
Assessment The assessments in this unit include a group case study 30%, and final theory and practicals 35%, respectively. The assessments and the case study fit into the aims and objectives of this unit.
Prerequisites EXS124 Introduction to Sports Science, EXS103 or CHI225/EXS225 Principles of Strength and Conditioning; EXS203 or CHI208/EXS208 Health, Fitness and Performance Assessment.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CHI328 Physical Assessment and Rehabilitation may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Yvonne Learmonth
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6373
e: Yvonne.Learmonth@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.023 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Yvonne Learmonth
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6373
e: Yvonne.Learmonth@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.023 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Fee Calculator
Handbook help
Information for Students


The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course, major, minor or unit if the number of students enrolled falls below limits set by the University.

Regulations and Rules

Students should ensure they are familiar with the University's internal legislation, including provisions specifically relevant to their studies. See the University Regulation overview and view legislation online.