Course Title: Assessment and Diagnosis 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Assessment and Diagnosis 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Allan Terrett

Course Coordinator Phone: 61399257369

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

REHA2165 – pre-requisite
REHA2166 – co-requisite

Course Description

 The course includes the following modules:

a) Physical examination
b) Neurological and Orthopedic assessment
c) Upper Limb


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  1. To facilitate learning about morphology, normal and abnormal function: Illustration during tutorials of key concepts through the use of diagrams and pictures in textbooks and practical/tutorial manuals, overheads, models and slides.
  2. To develop functional assessment skills in areas including: History taking; general inspection; skin examination; vital signs; peripheral vascular examination; static palpation; motion palpation; range of motion; muscle assessment; orthopaedic assessment; neurological assessment.
  3. To develop functional assessment skills pertaininig to the head; neck; thorax and chest and upper limb of muscle assessment; orthopaedic assessment; neurological assessment;
  4. To develop and review functional assessment skills in regards to the shoulder girdle and arm, elbow and forearm and the wrist and hand.
  5. To develop and review skills relating to therapeutic chiropractic techniques and options including adjustments, mobilisation, soft tissue and low force techniques.
  6. To develop critical thinking and analysis of issues facilitating the integration of assessment and management procedures to develop appropriate differential diagnoses, working hypotheses, management plans and prognosis; and
  7. To develop an ethos of effective and safe patient management .

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned including lectures, practical demonstrations and reference to on line resources. In order to develop skills it is essential that assesment procedures demonstrated in the practical sessions are practiced by students outside of class times.

Overview of Learning Resources

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Online Learning tools and content
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Overview of Assessment

Written and practical assessments, including formative and summative components.