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University of Tasmania

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

University of Tasmania via Independent


Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about TBI covering the spectrum from mild concussion through to severe injury.

Traumatic brain injury is often described as a silent epidemic, with approximately 69 million cases occurring worldwide each year. The Understanding TBI MOOC is a free online course that aims to raise awareness and build knowledge to reduce risk, as well as improve management and rehabilitation outcomes for people who have experienced a TBI. A multidisciplinary team from the University of Tasmania, along with guest experts worldwide, looks at the causes and consequences of TBI, as well as the types of injuries and frequency at which they occur across the lifespan.

The Understanding TBI MOOC is designed to be accessible and is suitable for anyone with a personal or professional interest in learning more about Traumatic Brain Injury, including:

  • Sporting coaches and sports association members
  • Professional and amateur sportspeople
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • Risk and safety professionals
  • Health policy makers
  • Defence force staff
  • Allied health, nursing and medical professionals
  • Professional care and support workers
  • People living with a TBI and their families
  • Residential and community care staff
  • Anyone interested in brain health and neuroscience


Module 1 – Brain Science and TBI Pathology 

2 hours recommended 

  • What is a brain injury?
  • Introduction to the brain and brain anatomy and brain function
  • Biomechanics of TBI
  • Primary vs Secondary Injury
  Module 2 – TBI from Mild to Severe

4 hours recommended

  • Mild TBI/concussion and symptoms and modes of concussion
  • Moderate to Severe TBI
  • Primary Damage in Focal TBI
  • Secondary Injury Cascades
  • Diffuse Brain Injury
  • Oedema
  • Imaging for diagnosis/prognosis
  • Link between brain injury, cognition and behaviour
  Module 3 – TBI across the Lifespan

2 hours recommended

  • Paediatric TBI
  • TBI across age groups
  • TBI in older adults
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Consequences outside the brain
  Module 4 – Life after TBI

2 hours recommended

  • Impairments and Outcomes
  • Rehabilitation
  • Life for family members after TBI
  • Support after TBI
  • Personal traits: coping style
  • Personal traits: resilience
  • Sourcing reliable information


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  • This is the fourth MOOC I've take with the U of Tasmania and knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I enrolled. It provides a great overview of the topic of TBI in a logical and easy to understand format. You can be involved as much or as...
  • Another excellent course from the University of Tasmania! I took the course mainly because I know people who have suffered concussion. This course explained how the brain can be damaged from concussive incidents and just what happens in the brain. Plus the consequence (long-term injury) of repeated concussions before the brain has fully healed. It should be compulsory learning for every sportsperson who is keen to get back on the playing field as soon as possible.
  • Made with the same thoroughness and dedication as the Understanding Dementia and Preventing Dementia courses, the Wicking Dementia Centre, University of Tasmania delivered again in creating this course on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The content is both comprehensive and authoritative - from pathology to management - while simultaneously being digestible by a wide range of audiences both professional and casual. I particularly appreciate the testimonies of survivors of TBI and/or their carers - they add a relatable, human face to the condition of interest. I highly recommend this course to everyone.
  • Very informative and useful course, with a lot of activities (e.g. Body Central) that help to understand the materials better).
    Thanks you for providing this course online, and help me to continuously learn new things
  • Claudia Caldwell
    The first time I came across the MOOC TBI was June last year. I had completed several other short courses at that time and felt a bit tired and overwhelmed completing the course. So I enrolled again in March this year 2022 with the intention to get out...
  • Anonymous
    An excellent way to learn about TBI for people within our society. People with a TBI are sometimes very reluctant to seek help, as they can feel that nobody really understands them. Sometimes there are people who do not want to help or understand a person who is in a vulnerable situation. This course is a good way to enable us to gain an understanding about Traumatic Brain Injury.
  • Anonymous
    Really informative. As the parent of a 26yo with ABI I learnt a lot of relatable information regarding the structure of the brain and how it works. Knowing that recovery and rehab is similar for TBI and ABI was comforting. All staff at Brain Injury Units should have to take this course, particularly the nursing staff although all therapists would benefit too.
  • Anonymous
    A very interesting course -broke down in 5 Modules.
    Sufficient time allowed for each module to work online.
    Discussion sessions if you wish.
    Each session had well spoken speakers.
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    Whedoku Julius
    Wicking is the best site to learn about TB,I because they have professional expert who where born from that field
  • Anonymous
    it made me really understand what could happened if i ever suffer from TBI or if a loved one suffers from it
  • Anonymous
    Fantastic course for increasing your confidence in building up current knowledgeable on traumatic brain injury, as there have been many changes in the science recently. This is a rather technical course, with science combined with videos of lived experience...
  • This course was excellent. Very well laid out and informative. As a sufferer of a serious TBI in early 2005, I found the information to be very accurate and it even opened my mind to seeking further opportunities for my continued recovery.
  • Anonymous
    This course covered a lot of information about the brain and it's anatomy and physiology and what happens to the brain in traumatic brain injury, whether this is severe or mild. It covered the signs and symptoms of brain injury and the mechanisms of...
  • Johnny Woo
    Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a good course for the beginer without the medical and clinical background. The course is starting from the basic and lead you to know about the main cause of injury. At the begining, I think Traumatic Brain...
  • Anonymous
    If anyone is unsure whether or not to enrol on the MOOC TBI course I would strongly urge them to do so. The three MOOC courses offered by UTas Wickings are by far the best non-academic courses I have completed - the content priceless to those who 'need'...
  • Anonymous
    This course was well designed and the large amount of content was delivered effectively. It covers all the essential knowledge required to understand TBI while also providing plenty of learning resources to help those who may not have any background knowledge...
  • Anonymous
    TBI course is a helpful and well thought out module. The learning process of what TBI is and is not has been a load off my mind and I am now blessed with insight and new experience and hopefully less judgement. The professor and doctors introduction...
  • Anonymous
    This is a very well designed course,from the clips and videos were arranged in a very constructive way of briefing and dissusion.The contents cleared and easy to understand.They taught me a lot about brain injury from mind to severe,symptoms of different...
  • Anonymous
    I will recommend the "Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury' course to my friends. Regardless of a person's level of education, the on-line course is presented in a logical and easy to follow format, making a difficult and complex subject easy to follow...
  • Anonymous
    This course provided a great introduction to TBI and I felt that all the information was reliable and current, based on the course being created and presented by University of Tasmania. I completed it as a health professional new to working in the community...

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