Clinical Observation and Measurement (PHTY2052)


This unit of study examines the observation and measurement of normal movement using methods that are suitable for clinical application. The importance of measurement is emphasised and the validity and reliability of different procedures are studied. There are three broad modules, the first being `impairment` which includes the measurement of a range of common impairments such as weakness, pain and decreased range of movement. The second module is `activity` and it involves observation and description of everyday activities such as standing up, walking and reaching. The mechanics associated with these everyday activities will be covered in lectures to provide a background for structuring observation. The third module is `participation` and this covers types of measures designed to determine the impact of impairments on levels of participation. Each module considers the development and change in impairments and activities over the lifespan. This is supplemented with lectures on assessing normal motor development in children. The principles and practice of manual handling will be covered in the context of each tutorial. A short module on surface anatomy is included in this unit of study. In addition, students will be assigned to clinical sites and will undertake structured learning tasks which apply principles taught in this unit of study.

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Further unit of study information


2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week


Written assignment (15%), practical viva assessment (35%), end semester written exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


BIOS1168 and BIOS1169 and EXSS1018



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.