10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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

Contact Hours


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

Compulsory Requirements
  • General Course Requirements: 1. Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. (Compulsory attendance at a three day on campus workshop.)
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for TRAU6005
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