School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Rehabilitation Sciences

Courses listed below represent the range of RHBS graduate rehabilitation science course offerings in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. Not all courses will be offered in each academic year and the current calendar should be consulted for the term and instructor. The Rehabilitation Science program offers 1.5 credit-unit courses as well as 3.0 credit-unit 'term' courses. The  3.0 credit-unit 'term' courses are indicated below by an asterisk.

Aging and Health courses are listed below the RHBS courses.

RHBS-801*/901*     Motor Performance in Rehabilitation     
This seminar course examines theories of motor control and current literature relating to the neuromuscular, physiological, and biomechanical aspects of volitional movement. Motor performance outcomes will be discussed within the context of physical rehabilitation and motor control. Three term hours. Limited enrollment. Not offered 2017-18.

RHBS-802*/902*     Disability and Wellness in the Community     
This lecture/seminar course examines the concepts of disablement, community and the social participation of persons with disabilities. Topics include definition, models and evaluation of disablement and social participation; the relationships between people with disabilities and their environments; and current controversial issues in the area of disability, wellness and rehabilitation. Three term hours. Not offered 2017-18.

RHBS-803     Seminar Program for M.Sc. Students     
Credit will be based upon attendance and participation in the departmental seminar program as well as sessions addressing specific issues relating to graduate education. In addition, each student will be required to present a seminar based upon his/her research work. (Pass/Fail). Fall and winter terms.

RHBS-804*/904*     Rehabilitation Science     
This seminar course addresses foundational theory and contemporary issues in rehabilitation science, including research strategies, principles of measurement and ethical issues. Informed by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, the course highlights policy and research about functioning in people who may use rehabilitation services. Three-term hours; Fall. Limited enrollment.

RHBS-810     Fundamentals of Disability     
This lecture/seminar module provides an introduction to disability. The module examines the concepts of disability in a contemporary Canadian and international context. Topics include: definitions, models, history; classification and types of disability, disability prevalence and statistics; disability across the lifespan, including community and social participation; disability around the world. (1.5 credit units).   
EXCLUSIONS: RHBS-802*, RHBS-902*

RHBS-811     Advanced Disability Studies     
This module examiners complex issues associated with disability in a contemporary Canadian and international context.Topics include: advocacy and disability policy; human rights; research in disability studies; models of service for people with disabilities; issues for people with disabilities (e.g. employment, education, poverty, housing, access). (1.0 credit units). Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITE: RHBS-810 or permission of the instructor.      
EXCLUSIONS: RHBS-802*, RHBS-902*      

RHBS-812*/912*     Program Development and Evaluation     
Students will learn to evaluate new and existing programs in both the private and public health care sectors. Topics covered will include needs assessment, analysis of resources, implementation and the ongoing measurement of a program’s success. Not offered 2017-18.

RHBS-815     Community Based Rehabilitation     
This module course prepares students to design, implement and evaluate community based rehabilitation (CBR) initiatives for and with persons with disabilities globally. The historical development of CBR and its philosophical and theoretical underpinnings will be discussed, as will the current international development landscape.(1.0 credit units) Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITE: RHBS-810 or permission of the instructor  
EXCLUSIONS: RHBS-877*, RHBS-977*  

RHBS-820     Philosophy of Research     
This module introduces the philosophy of research, including the nature and role of world views, systems of logic, and theory in the research process. The implications of this content with respect to the generation of research questions and the selection of research designs, methods, analytic approaches and knowledge translation strategies will be explored. (1.0 credit units). Not offered 2017-18.

RHBS-822     Knowledge Translation     
This module examines the foundations of knowledge translation (KT) in health care. Topics include terms, definitions, frameworks and approaches to KT; specific issues related to KT in rehabilitation science; barrier and facilitators to KT; KT interventions and evaluations, and developing KT plans. (1.5 credit units).

RHBS-825     Regression Analysis     
Students will gain fundamental knowledge of regression analyses as used in rehabilitation/health research, and practical skills to conduct such analyses.Topics include correlation, basic linear regression, multivariate linear regression, and logistic regression. SPSS, statistical software will be used throughout the course.(1.0 credit units). Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITE: undergraduate statistics.
EXCLUSION: RHBS-834*

RHBS-826     Validation and Reliability Testing     
Students will gain fundamental knowledge of validity and reliability testing and practical skills to conduct such analyses. Topics on reliability testing include correlation, coefficients of variation, Intraclass correlation coefficients, Bland Altman Analysis, and Generalizability Theory.SPSS statistical software will be used.(1.0 credit units) .Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITE: undergraduate statistics
EXCLUSION:  RHBS-834*/ RHBS-934*

RHBS-830*     Professionals in Rural Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach     
An examination of the issues related to integrating into rural practice as a professional, including understanding the history and geography of rural communities, and important issues affecting life in rural settings. Selected faculty from the health sciences, theology and education. (Offered jointly with THEO 730*). Three term hours. Limited enrolment. Not offered 2017-18.

RHBS-832*     Qualitative Methodology & Methods     
An overview of qualitative methodology and methods frequently used in health care research is provided. Topics include, but are not limited to, action research, ethnography, grounded theory, hermeneutics and phenomenology. Methods include focus groups, interviews and participatory observation. Opportunities may exist for interviewing, participatory observation and data analysis. (Cross listed with NURS-802*) 3 hour lecture/seminar. Not offered 2017-18.
EXCLUSION: NURS-802*      

RHBS-833*/933*     Research Methods I     
This course emphasizes the theoretical background in the development of a research proposal for rehabilitation-related research. Topics include development of the research question and problem statement, rationale, appropriate literature review and research design.Three term hours; Fall. Limited enrollment. S. French; H. Cramm

RHBS-834*/934*     Statistics     
A seminar course which will acquaint the student with the concepts and principles of quantitative statistical analysis including parametric and non-parametric methods. Students may present various topics throughout the course and critically evaluate research in their area of study. Three term hours; lectures/seminars; Winter. Limited enrollment. 
PREREQUISITE: An undergraduate level statistics course

RHBS-836*/936*     Research Methods II     
This course guides the student through the process of data collection methods, data analysis and presentation, report/thesis writing and strategies for knowledge dissemination with respect to rehabilitation-related research. Three term hours. Limited enrollment. Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITE: RHBS-833*/933*

RHBS-837*/937*     Signal Acquisition and Processing     
This is a lecture-seminar-laboratory based course covering the application, instrumentation, acquisition, signal processing and management of electrical signal data as they are used in the study of biomechanics and neuromuscular physiology.  Although the principles learned can be applied to many types of motor performance data, there will be an emphasis on electromyography. Laboratory exercises will be used to illustrate key issues related to signal acquisition and processing. Seminar presentations will allow students to investigate and present the application of data acquisition and processing specific to their particular area of interest.  Three term hours. Limited enrollment. Not offered 2017-18.
EXCLUSION: KHS-851*, KHS-857*, RHBS-857*/957*, RHBS-835*/935*      

RHBS-840     Motor Performance in Rehabilitation     
This module examines theories of motor control and current literature relating to the neuromuscular, physiological and biochemical aspects of volitional movement. Motor performance outcomes will be discussed within the context of physical rehabilitation and motor control. (1.0 credit units). Not offered 2017-18.
EXCLUSIONS: RHBS-801*, RHBS-901*

RHBS-841     Instrumentation and Electromyography     
Students will learn the fundamentals of electrical signal acquisition, processing and interpretation for biomechanics and neuromuscular physiology applications. Laboratory exercises involving electromyography data acquisition and analysis will be used to illustrate key principles.(1.0 credit units).Not offered 2017-18. EXCLUSION:  KHS-851*, KHS-857*   

RHBS-842     Exercise Rehabilitation-Metabolic     
The role of exercise as a treatment modality will be examined in two chronic diseases with a metabolic underpinning: renal disease and diabetes. Topics will include the physiological limitations that can be addressed with exercise rehabilitation as well as maintenance of physiological health and wellbeing. (1.0 credit units). Not offered 2017-18.
EXCLUSION: RHBS-873*

RHBS-843     Exercise Rehabilitation-Multifactor     
The role of exercise as a treatment modality will be examined in two chronic diseases with a multicomponent underpinning: chronic pain and mental health. Topics will include the physiological limitations that can be addressed with exercise rehabilitation as well as maintenance of physiological health and wellbeing.(1.0 credit units). Not offered 2017-18.
EXCLUSION: RHBS-873*     

RHBS-872*/972*     Motion Analysis     
A theoretical and practical course covering the application, instrumentation and techniques of human motion analysis. Topics include 2D and 3D kinematics, force measurement, link segment analysis and the application of these techniques to able-bodied and disabled populations. To integrate the material, the course combines readings, lectures, laboratories and projects. Three term hours. Limited enrollment. Not offered 2017-18.
EXCLUSION: KHS-859*, KHS-870*, RHBS871*/971*, RHBS-870*/970*

RHBS-873*     Exercise Rehabilitation     
This seminar-based course provides an overview of the most current guidelines for aerobic and resistance exercise prescription on a global basis in the rehabilitation field.  Specific emphasis will be placed on critical evidence-based analysis of exercise recommendations and outcomes for special populations, whether they are healthy or pathological in nature.  Three term-hours. Not offered 2017-18.

RHBS-874*/974*     Studies in Aging     
A lecture/seminar course which examines the neurophysiological, cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, cognitive and psycho-emotional aspects of aging and their significance in both motor performance and disability and wellness in the community. Three term hours, fall. Limited enrollment. Contact department for availability.

RHBS-876*/976*     Independent Study     
A study under the guidance of a faculty member in a subject area related to the faculty member’s area of expertise or special interest that is not covered within existing courses. The study work must not directly overlap with the student’s thesis work. Normally this course will take the form of a closely supervised reading program, but may also include supervised laboratory work and/or specialized clinical experience. A course outline should be developed in consultation with the student’s supervisor and the proposed instructor. The course outline must be approved by the Chair of the Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Science prior to the student registering in this course. Fall, winter, or summer.

RHBS-877*/977*     Community-Based Rehabilitation     
This course prepares students to design, develop, implement and evaluate community based rehabilitation (CBR) programs for and with persons with disabilities internationally. Topics addressed include CBR history, concepts, and frameworks; relevant policy and global development agreements; education and training strategies in CBR; emancipatory and participatory approaches to research and evaluation; and the World Health Organization’s CBR matrix and its application to CBR practice, research and education. Winter. H. Aldersey.

RHBS-880*/980*     International Health
This course provides an overview of the major current issues in International Health. The epidemiology and prevention of the major causes of morbidity and mortality will be discussed as will the organization, management, and cost evaluation of health care resources. Course offered in even years concurrently with EPID-805*. Three term hours. Not offered 2017-18.

RHBS-899     Master's Thesis Research     

RHBS-903     Seminar Program for Ph.D. Students     
This course requires attendance and participation in the departmental seminar series throughout each student’s program. Each doctoral student is required to present and preside over a minimum of 2 journal club presentations in the first year of their program. In addition, each doctoral student will present a seminar on current issues, concepts or advanced topics in his/her area of specialization, and will provide two lectures related to his/her area of expertise in an appropriate entry level course at some point during their program. Prior to graduation, students will present their research findings in the seminar series. Assessment will be based on satisfactory completion of all course requirements (Pass/Fail). Fall and winter terms.

RHBS-921     Grant Writing for Rehabilitation Scientists     
This seminar course is designed to assist trainees who have already developed their research proposal to hone their grantsmanship skills. Students will work with their research proposal to prepare it for submission to a major granting council and will present it to the class for review and critique. (1.5 credit units). PREREQUISITE: students must have successfully defended their research proposal in their respective Ph.D. program.

RHBS-932*     Qualitative Research Methods in Health Studies         
This course prepares student to evaluate and undertake health related research using qualitative approaches. Topics addressed include the philosophical foundations of qualitative research, research design and rigor, data collection, analysis and interpretation and ethical challenges.  Three term hours; lectures/seminars; Winter. Limited enrollment.  H. Aldersey; R. Lysaght.

RHBS-999     Ph.D. Thesis Research     

                                          Courses for the Graduate Diploma in Aging and Health and the Master of Science in Aging and Health
Courses listed below represent the range of Aging and Health (AGHE) graduate course offerings in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. Not all courses will be offered in each academic year and the current calendar should be consulted for the term and instructor. The Aging and Health program offers 3.0 credit-unit 'term' courses.

NOTE: All AGHE- 900 level courses will normally be open only to Ph.D. students.

AGHE-800*     Evaluating Aging-Related Programs and Services     
This course introduces learners to evaluation principles and practice as applied to programs that address social, physical and economic determinants of wellness and participation for older adults. Learners will acquire skills necessary to identify and apply program evaluation methods to inform ongoing program development. Topics will include theoretical aspects of program evaluation, as well as strategies for program development, monitoring and change with a focus on participatory approaches. Current debates in the field will be discussed, with particular attention to issues underlying research and evaluation with older adult populations in community and institutional contexts. Attention will be given to knowledge mobilization strategies that foster inclusion, empowerment and innovation. Winter.  C. Donnelly, R. Lysaght.

AGHE-802*     Ethics and Bioethics of Aging     
This course will explore ethical issues arising in the wellbeing and care of aging adults. Aspects of three streams of ethics will be addressed: professional ethics, organizational ethics, and biomedical ethics, as these streams relate to wellbeing and aging. Issues that will be addressed include: the organizational importance placed on aging adults, moral distress, advance directives, consent, values, and the ethics of wellbeing.  Fall. T. Trothen

AGHE-803*     Demography and Geography of Aging     
This course surveys the latest literature on the demography and geography of aging highlighting the latest census and survey data from Statistics Canada and international sources. Attention is placed on the underlying demographic factors and socio-economic characteristics of population aging and how issues like fertility, mortality, morbidity, life expectancy, mobility and immigration are changing the demography of the older population in Canada and internationally. Emphasis is also placed on how demographic and socio-economic characteristics of population aging result in complex and uneven geographies of aging at various scales from neighbourhood to international comparisons. Not offered 2017-18.

AGHE-804*     Health and social systems for older adults     
Health and social systems for older adults are amongst the most complex in many societies. They include parts or all of the primary care, acute care, chronic care, palliative care and home care systems, and rehabilitation services on the health provision side. On the social systems side, they include parts of the transportation, social housing, social work and legal systems. The complexities of health and social systems for older adults are the foci of this course and are examined through a review of the literature mainly with an emphasis on the health and social systems for older adults in Canada. Winter.

AGHE-810*     Epidemiology of Aging     
Students are introduced to an overview of the core principles central to the epidemiology of aging, with an emphasis on health and disease processes in older adults. Essential epidemiologic design/analytic issues and common themes of age-related factors and disease are addressed. Topics include: definition and measures of disease, application of cohort and experimental studies to aging, bias and confounding arising from the process of aging, causal inferences, and special topics on aging. Summer.

AGHE-811*     Normal Aging Processes     
This course will differentiate normal from abnormal aging and examine the theories, models and strategies for healthy aging in Canada. These principles will be studied through a mix of online and group learning activities in the context of a variety of health concerns related to aging and with respect to individual and community action and public policy. Fall. K. Woo, J. Puxty.

AGHE-812*     Religion, Spiritual Health and Aging     
Spiritual well-being is a defining aspect of healthy aging. This course will pay attention to the spiritual challenges as well as resources that come with aging. The following topics are addressed with attention to their complexity: mortality, loss and grieving, dementia, developmental theory and faith, religious participation, the relevance of diverse faiths and culture, and ultimate questions of meaning. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist perspective will be included. Participant will have the opportunity to explore listening skills, self-awareness, and relational dynamics such as transference, as these relate to the course. Not offered 2017-18.

AGHE-814*     Mobility and functioning amongst older adults     
In this seminar course students will gain knowledge on psychosocial and physiological risk factors for and consequences of age-related decline in mobility and physical function. Indicators of functional health in aging population will be discussed. Self-reported and performance-based assessment tools of mobility and physical function designed for older population will be critically evaluated. The disability associated with age-related decline in mobility and physical function will be discussed with respect to incidence, prevalence, possible interventions and economic impact. Winter.

AGHE-815*     Chronic conditions and self-management     
This course provides an overview of strategies to support and help older people develop skills to manage the challenges of living with chronic health conditions. Specific approaches to health promotion and disease prevention will be addressed. Summer.

AGHE-816*     Pharmacology and Aging     
The focus of this course is an overview of basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes and how these are altered with advancing age. An emphasis is placed on assessment of risk, commonly prescribed medications in the elderly population, and strategies to optimize polypharmacy and medication-related problems. Not offered 2017-18.

AGHE-818*     Rethinking Aging and Dying     
This course will seeks to question widespread approaches to aging, terminal illness and death by exploring alternative ways of addressing these realities through artistic and literary media (literature, film, painting), that is through examples that challenge current notions, assumptions and understandings through which we approach and define aging and the end of life.

AGHE-819*     Planning for Age Friendly Communities     
This course will introduce students to the environmental conditions and policy contexts that create or impede opportunities for healthy aging at the local level. Applying a determinant’s of health perspective, various dimensions of age friendly communities will be examined, such as community design, housing, transportation and mobility, recreation, social and civic participation, and social inclusion. Summer. K. Bergeron

AGHE-820*     Developing educational resources for older adults     
This course is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to integrate theory, practice, and evidence in order to develop competency in the design and delivery of educational resources for older adults. Learners will build on their prior knowledge, collaborate to analyze and evaluate current resources in a variety of health care settings, and design client-centered resources that empower older adults. Summer. K. Kolomitro, K. Dower.

AGHE-821* Aging and Mental Health
This course examines the interface between mental health and healthy aging. Students will examine theories of mental health and aging, the mind-body connection, and approaches to optimize cognitive vitality and psychosocial well-being. The course will address common mental health conditions associated with aging, and explore issues related to these conditions. Winte.

AGHE-898*     Master’s Project     
Students will develop research skills to search for evidence on a clearly defined question related to aging, methods for the critical appraisal of the evidence retrieved on the issue under investigation and skills in integrating the existing evidence. The course will include discussion, seminar presentations, and will culminate in a final research paper.

AGHE-900*     Qualitative Research Methods     
The course will cover the philosophical traditions that have guided the development of qualitative research methodologies and methods. Traditions and methods covered may include but are not restricted to Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Action Research, Ethnography, participant observation, focus groups, and interviews. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a research proposal in the area of Aging and Health. Not offered 2017-18.

AGHE-901*     Knowledge Translation and Uptake     
An examination of the foundations of knowledge synthesis, translation, and uptake into practice with emphasis on definitions, frameworks, barriers and facilitators, interventions and evaluation and developing knowledge translation plans. Winter. S. French, M. Walker.

AGHE-902*     Statistical Methods for Aging Research     
This course provides a comprehensive review of the application of advanced statistical analysis in aging research. Topics include assessment of the validity and treatment of results in scientific literature, sampling variability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, univariate analysis, analysis of variance, regression models and non-parametric statistics. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate interpretation and appraisal of statistical information. Winter. N. Deshpande.

AGHE-903*     Critical Analysis of Theories of Aging     
Major theoretical perspectives on aging from different disciplines will be explored and critically evaluated for their usefulness in guiding and informing practice and research in the broad area of healthy aging.  Emphasis will be on developing a critical approach to theory development, testing and implementation. Fall. K. Woo

AGHE-976* Independent Study
A study, offered through distance education, under the guidance of a faculty member, in a subject area related to the faculty member’s area of expertise or special interest that is not covered within existing courses. The Independent Study must be linked to studies in Aging and Health but not directly overlap with the student’s thesis work. Offered in Fall, Winter, or Summer.

AGHE-999     Ph.D. Thesis