1 x 2-hour seminar fortnightly
1 x 8-hour independent study weekly
1 x 16-hour on-line exercises once-only
1 Admission into GCCR-Graduate Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitation
1a Admission into GDPCR-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation
1b Admission into MCR-Master of Clinical Rehabilitation
1c Admission into MCRNOT-Master of Clinical Rehabilitation (Neurological Occupational Therapy)
1d Admission into MCRNPT-Master of Clinical Rehabilitation (Neurological Physiotherapy)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d))
Assignment(s); Tutorial participation and presentation.
Topic description
This topic focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central nervous system and how it relates to normal function and injury. Students also learn about the processes of neuroplasticity and how this relates to motor relearning and recovery following injury and disease. Investigative tools used in clinical neuroscience such as Trancranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) will be introduced. Concepts of sensorimotor control are also discussed in relation to treatment concepts, best available evidence and future research priorities in neurorehabilitation.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • Review and update knowledge of functional neuranatomy and neurophysiology of the central & peripheral nervous system.

  • Understand the various processes of neuroplasticity.

  • Understand common investigative tools in clinical neuroscience and their role in neurorehabilitation research.

  • Theories of sensorimotor control and motor relearning.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topics, students will be able to:

  • Identify the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system and how it relates in injury and disease.

  • Describe the various processes of neuroplasticity in relation to recovery.

  • Outline the role investigative tools TMS and fMRI in clinical neuroscience.

  • Describe the basic computational theories of human motor control.

  • Discuss treatment concepts for motor relearning in relation to UMN syndrome, sensory changes, pain and other common neurological movement disorders.

  • Discuss sensorimotor control and how it relates to evidence based treatment strategies in neurorehabilitation.