Unit description

This unit develops the appropriate skills and knowledge to facilitate exercise therapy within musculoskeletal conditions.

Unit content

  • Pathophysiology, aetiology, signs, symptoms, disease stages, diagnostic procedures of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Medical and allied health management including medications, relevant surgeries and expected outcomes, evidence-based therapies, evidence-based exercise and physical therapies
  • Relevant literature searches
  • Physiological, clinical and functional assessments
  • Exercise prescription
  • Safe conduct and contraindications to exercise

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Houglum, PA , 2016, Therapeutic Exercise for Musculoskeletal Injuries , 4th edn, Human Kinetics, Inc.
  • Shultz, S, Houglum, P & Perrin, D, 2015, Examination of Musculoskeletal Injuries , 4th edn, Human Kinetics, Inc.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Practical session 2 hours (10 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (8 weeks)
Lecture online 1.5 hours (4 weeks)
Lecture on-site 1 hour (1 week)
Practical session 1 hour (1 week)
Exam: practical20%
Exam: closed book50%
Exam: practical30%
Clinical skillsSR

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees


Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.