Available in 2018

Course handbook


The Neurotrauma Course covers brain and spinal injuries including pathophysiological, diagnostic, management and outcome aspects of both.

This course includes a mandatory three day on campus workshop. All costs associated with this compulsory element of the Program are to be met by the student.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the pathophysiology and patterns of neurotrauma

2. Define the principles and outcomes of spine and brain injury


The Course comprises online lectures delivered by a variety of eminent physicians in the field.


The course will be organised for one semester of 12 weeks with 1 major topic and subsequent quiz every 3 weeks as follows:

Week 1-3: Introduction to neurotrauma

  • Epidemiology, burden of the disease, mechanisms of injury - classification of traumatic brain injury (TBI), assessment of the neurotrauma patient
  • Pathophysiology of TBI
  • Pathophysiology of spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • TBI/SCI prevention and its effectiveness


Week 4-6: Severe TBI

Prehospital and initial hospital management of STBI patients

  • Imaging (Basics and Advanced)
  • Operative care, indications, timing including decompressive craniectomy
  • Intracranial pressure and neuro-monitoring (methods, timing)
  • ICU care of STBI patients
  • STBI rehabilitation and outcome measures


Week 7-9: Mild TBI

  • Epidemiology, mechanisms, typical presentation including the paediatric population
  • Initial management, decision-making, treatment and follow-up
  • Post-traumatic amnesia testing and return to Sport/Work/School (rationale, timeframes)


Week 10-12: Spine and SCI

  • The significance of SCI, SCI syndromes
  • Initial spinal cord injury care (resuscitation, clearance, haemodynamics
  • Cervical spine (fracture classification, imaging, management)
  • Thoracic and lumbar spine (fracture classification, imaging, management)
  • SCI rehabilitation and outcomes


Week 13: Three-day workshop for Master of Traumatology Program

Assumed knowledge

Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quiz

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case studies

Written Assignment: Written assignment

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Compulsory attendance at a three day on campus workshop.

Contact hours

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Integrated Learning Session

Online 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 21 hour(s) per Term Full Term