Unit description

Examines occupational performance limitations as a result of musculoskeletal and systemic impairments impacting on biomechanical performance and energy levels. Students will learn the theory and practice of occupational therapy assessment and intervention for occupational performance limitations associated with musculoskeletal impairments and those resulting in reduced energy are presented.

Unit content

  • Pathology of various disorders associated with musculoskeletal and systemic impairments impacting on musculoskeletal performance and energy levels
  • Biomechanical analysis of upper limb movement
  • Assessments for musculoskeletal/movement impairments and those affecting energy capacity including, but not limited to:
    • Active and passive range of motion
    • Manual muscle testing
    • Heart rate monitoring
    • Pulse oximetry
    • Hand/upper limb function
  • Intervention approaches including, but not limited to:
    • Splinting/orthotics
    • Prosthetics
    • Management of reduced energy
    • Strengthening
    • Increasing range of motion
    • Oedema management
    • Improving hand/upper limb function

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 2

  • This text is used in several other units in the course: Radomski, MV & Trombly Latham, CA (eds), 2014, Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction, 7th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. ISBN: 978-1-4511-2746-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: practical40%
Exam: viva15%
Exam: closed book45%

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

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