EXERSCI 735 : Neurological Rehabilitation


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Students will apply specialist knowledge to develop skills in evidence-based assessment and intervention across health care settings, focusing on interdisciplinary rehabilitation of neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions through the lifespan. The emphasis will be on normal development and milestones to underpin learning in paediatric rehabilitation. Motor learning principles will be applied to rehabilitate mobility, walking, balance and upper-limb function, including integration of assistive technology.

Course Overview

The course will provide students with the knowledge, communication, clinical reasoning and practical skills to manage clients with a variety of neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions. Students will learn to manage patients with neurological/neurodevelopmental conditions, through reablement and rehabilitation approaches informed by the latest research evidence base. An understanding of normal development and milestones across the lifespan will underpin learning in paediatric rehabilitation. Students will develop skills in assessment and observational analysis to identify activity limitations and impairments. Students will learn to use clinical reasoning, integration of client-goals and the principles of neural plasticity and motor learning in the planning and delivery of interventions.

Client scenarios will develop clinical reasoning skills underpinning safe, effective and holistic delivery of therapy. These will include case-based scenarios, group discussions, and in person assessments with clients who have a neurological condition. Students will develop the communication and practical skills needed to competently assess and safely and effectively treat clients with neurological disorders, understand the time course of recovery or neurodegeneration as well as develop strategies and programmes for client self-management. The continuum of care from the acute to community setting will be discussed and the physiotherapist’s role and responsibilities in the multidisciplinary health care team will be explored.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 731-734 Corequisite: EXERSCI 736, 737

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the pathological processes, symptoms, medical management and clinical course for neurological, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative conditions and how this influences the assessment and delivery of physiotherapy. (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to select and safely deliver a range of interventions to manage neurological conditions (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  3. Demonstrate advanced, culturally safe, sensitive and responsive communication skills in client and whanau education relating to neurological conditions (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Evaluate the evidence base for commonly used neurological physiotherapy interventions and new and emerging interventions (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  5. Demonstrate the application of clinical reasoning, integration of client goals, and the principles of motor learning and neural plasticity in the selection and delivery of an effective (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  6. Critically reflect on the physiotherapist’s contribution to the interdisciplinary management of neurological conditions, including identifying opportunities to work collaboratively with other health care professionals on the continuum from the acute to community setting (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
  7. Synthesis disciplinary knowledge and practice of paediatric rehabilitation, including normal development and developmental milestones. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  8. Demonstrate effective integration of Maori and Pacific models of health and wellbeing into the planning and equitable delivery of physiotherapy service provision to clients with neurological conditions (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  9. Demonstrate the ability to research, identify and describe physiotherapy treatment modalities for clients with neurological conditions (Capability 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
  10. Critically reflect on the management, within the interdisciplinary team, of clients with neurological conditions (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Practical exam 40% Individual Examination
Theory exam 20% Individual Examination
Case-study assignment 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Practical exam
Theory exam
Case-study assignment

Special Requirements

Attendance is required for the practical and clinic components of the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures, 18 hours in person laboratories/clinic, 54 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 42 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs and clinics to complete the practical components of the course.
Attendance is also expected at lectures, however lectures will be available as recordings if attendance is not possible. Other learning activities including seminars, labs and clinics will not be recorded.
Attendance on campus is required for the exams.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 11/11/2021 12:28 p.m.