SP0740 - Clinical Competencies and Assessment Skills

What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with an appreciation of laboratory emergency procedures and safety. It will develop proficiency in clinical exercise testing and laboratory diagnostic procedures. The module will encourage critical appraisal of the selection of diagnostic procedures or tests.

How will I learn on this module?

An interactive style of teaching incorporating workshops and laboratory practical sessions. These sessions provide basic conceptual framework and core material for syllabus topics. Assessment skills and clinical competencies are developed in the laboratory sessions. You will develop your understanding of a specific clinical assessment and present your findings to your peers for your learning and development. You are encouraged to engage in independent study, in particular the reading of current journal articles, in order to further your knowledge base and develop critical thinking.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During the first week, you will be introduced to the module, and its’ administrative procedures and assessment requirements.

Support materials for sessions will be available to you on BlackBoard; including the laboratory guides, suggested reading, access to interactive digital resources and websites, and other useful resources such as discussion boards and invitations to attend lectures by guest speakers. For further support on taught sessions you can access the tutors for one-to-one discussions and tutorials via the online tutorial booking system.

Formative preparation for the practical assessment will take place in student led workshops where you will be able to practice your skills in performing clinical skills and receive feedback from your peers and tutors. Dedicated assessment sessions will afford you the opportunity to ask assignment related questions.

Written feedback will be provided for both summative assessments. A generic feedback session will take place for each assessment, and generic feedback from previous years will also be made available on BlackBoard.

You will receive formative and summative feedback on submitted work, and will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have with the module tutor.

There is also comprehensive help available in the university library on a wide range of generic academic topics such as: academic writing, statistics, report writing, referencing, and how to hone your presentation skills.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Show an awareness of good practice in accordance with the BASES code of conduct of ethics, safety, and risk assessment;
2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge for administering and interpreting a clinical exercise test with an understanding of the reliability and validity of the methods.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1.Demonstrate competencies in the performance and selection of laboratory procedures and techniques;
2. Write up and present data (that you have analysed and interpreted) to your peers in the format of a poster presentation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1. Use information technology for learning and professional practice

How will I be assessed?

This module will be formally assessed in two parts:
Poster presentation reporting data collected in the laboratory (50%). You will be required to produce a 500 word poster presentation based upon data collected during the laboratory sessions and either assess the reliability/validity of the technique or compare these data with data from a patient cohort. You will be required to present your findings to your peers as part of the assessment.

Clinical competencies assessment (total 50%). At the end of the module you will undergo a practical assessment of your laboratory skills and will be asked questions relevant to the conduct and interpretation of skills learned on this module.

Additional formative assessment - detail of process and rationale
You will be performing laboratory techniques regularly and repeatedly and you will receive ongoing feedback regarding your practical skills during the laboratory sessions. You will also provide and receive peer feedback on your work.

Feedback is provided on the scripts and assessment feedback sheets. General feedback is posted to the e-learning portal and individual tutorials are offered for one-to-one feedback. Feedback will be received throughout the laboratory sessions





Module abstract

Clinical Competencies and Assessment Skills will give you an insight into the key role that physical assessment of health/disease status has. You will have practical sessions in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, within sport central, helping you to develop your practical skills.

The assessment of this module requires you to use data collected in the laboratory and write it up into a poster presentation format and present your findings to your peers; this process also uses peer review, where you will give feedback to your peers on their presentations. You will also complete a number of different laboratory skills, and will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of the procedures during the practical assessment. You will also complete a short practical assessment, where your ability to conduct practical skills will be demonstrated. This module provides you with ‘real-world’ practical skills needed for working the field of health related / clinical exercise physiology.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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