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Brian Hafner
REHAB 427
Seattle Campus

Applied Prosthetics and Orthotics I

Presentation and discussion of current clinical practice using research and journal articles and case presentations. Required for prosthetics and orthotics majors; others by permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

Applied P&O I is a three-part course that spans the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. The overall goal of this course is to prepare students for a residency project through exposure to the scientific literature, instruction in the literature review process, and formulation of a single-subject or survey research project. The fall quarter course will focus on the critical evaluation of O&P literature, the winter quarter will instruct an independent review of the literature in a topic of the students’ choosing, and the final quarter will be the development of a proposed research project.

Part I (Fall Quarter) of this course is designed to give you an introduction to the O&P literature and to help you to become better consumers of that literature. Throughout this quarter, you will learn to recognize differences among the various types of O&P literature, understand the benefits and limitations O&P magazines and journals, critically read and evaluate scientific literature, and summarize and present a critique of a selected article. The skills gained through this experience will help you both in your clinical practice as well as in your future research endeavors.

Student learning goals

Be exposed to various forms of O&P literature, from a variety of sources, including trade magazines, advertisements, manufacturer’s websites, consumer magazines, O&P journals, and peer-reviewed scientific research

Recognize differences in purpose, content, and quality among O&P magazines

Recognize differences in purpose, content, and quality among O&P journals

Critically evaluate O&P literature for content and quality

Present a public critique of a scientific article

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, group/independent study, and presentations

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date noted on this syllabus. Late assignments will be accepted only with written permission of the instructor. All written homework is expected to be professional and representative of the level of a college student. This means it should be typed, clean, and well-organized. Unless otherwise noted, format should be typed, double-spaced, and single-sided. Student’s name, course name (REHAB 427), and assignment title should appear on any homework provided to the instructor.

REHAB 427 (Fall 2010) is a one (1) credit credit/no-credit course. Credit will be based upon class participation, completed assignments, and an individual critique (a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation) of a journal article.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Brian Hafner
Date: 09/29/2010