|10220161||Faculty of Health Sciences|
|Duration of study: 1 year|
The programme extends over one academic year and is presented in four blocks. (The number of blocks and duration may be adjusted after consultation between the lecturers and students.)
Note: Commencement of studies must be discussed with the head of department, as the programme is presented every second year.
- Subject to the stipulations of the General Regulations, the BOccTher degree or an equivalent qualification or the BPhysT degree or an equivalent qualification is required for admission as well as registration as an occupational therapist/physiotherapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
(i) Pass requirements
In the case of a written and oral/practical examination, a subminimum of 50% is required in each of the written as well as the oral/practical sections of the examination, with a final mark (continuous evaluation mark and examination mark) of at least 50% to pass in a module.
(ii) Admission to the examination
Students must have attended all practicals and submitted all assignments, failing which admission to the examination will not be granted.
(iii) Second examination
The dates for second examinations are arranged in consultation with the head of department, with the proviso that this will take place not later than the next examination period.
The diploma is awarded with distinction to a student who obtains at least 75% in (ADM 701) Advanced clinical management in hand therapy 701, and an average of at least 75% in the other modules.
Minimum credits: 120
Module content:A complete synopsis of all anatomy modules at postgraduate level published in the Study Guide for Postgraduate Anatomy Courses is available on request from the Department of Anatomy.
Module content:Advanced study of hand injuries and conditions and their management. The design and application of treatment programmes in clinical practice. Study and application of evaluation methods and instruments
Module content:Biomechanics of the upper limb and disturbance thereof; the biomechanics of splints. Environmental factors for effective posture and handgrip; relationship between man and environment; disturbance of this relationship.
Physiology of the integration of hand function; brain plasticity, pain. Regeneration of skin, bone, muscle and nerve tissue; infection; inflammation.
Module content:Study and application of: • Evaluation methods and instruments for hand and upper limb injuries. • Current techniques in hand therapy.
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