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Unit Overview


This unit allows students to develop an advanced level of knowledge and clinical skill in methods of patient interview and physical examination. Physical examination of the articular, muscular and neurological systems within the context of manual therapy practice is comprehensively reviewed. Students develop a framework for interpretation of information to facilitate appropriate clinical reasoning strategies. Indications for requesting medical imaging and other medical investigations are discussed. Methods of diagnosis and classification of disorders in relation to indications for manual therapy treatment are central objectives of this unit.

12 points

Students are able to (1) develop proficiency in musculoskeletal (MSK) clinical assessment; (2) review and refine clinical reasoning processes; (3) demonstrate critical study of manual skills in MSK case assessment; (4) demonstrate development of triage and classification of disorders; and (5) apply skills during supervised clinical placement.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) clinical assessment during MSK clinic placement and (2) practical viva assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Clinical Associate Professor Peter Fazey
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
two years of clinical practice is recommended in the area of MSK Physiotherapy
Contact hours
a combination of lecture and clinical practical sessions

Printed unit manuals are provided to students.

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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.