PT0405 - An Introduction To Neurological Physiotherapy

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you to the role and purpose of neurological physiotherapy. You will build on your knowledge of movement developed in the ‘foundations of physiotherapy practice’ and ‘ anatomy of the musculoskeletal system’ modules to understand common presentations of movement dysfunction seen in people with neurological conditions.

You will explore the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system to understand movement control and sensation. The module will introduce common neurological conditions of childhood and adulthood seen in physiotherapy practice and encourage you to consider the impact on the individual of living with that condition through the inclusion of service user perspectives.

The application of this knowledge will be in relation to assessment giving you the opportunity to practice subjective and assessment skills specific to the neurological physiotherapy.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, practical session, seminars, tutorials and independent learning. The module staff will support your learning and development across the module. There will be a strong emphasis on professional practical skills and the knowledge that underpins this, with opportunities to evaluate your learning formatively through active engagement in feedback.

The lectures will cover applied anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology of common neurological conditions and introductions to clinical assessment. Seminars and practicals will encourage you to discuss and apply this knowledge.

You will be expected to:
• Attend teaching sessions
• Be dressed appropriately for practical sessions
• Behave in a professional manner
• Engage and contribute to the learning and development of yourself and others

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Successful academic achievement requires a system of robust support and guidance to help you focus on your learning needs. In addition to the pastoral support you will receive, the tutors involved in delivering this module will provide guidance and academic counselling to ensure that you are able to confidently engage with the academic and practical rigour of this module. This dialogue will be face to face in lectures, seminars and practicals with tutorial support available, and is an essential aspect of the programme’s assessment for learning strategy. Extensive support is also accessible online as part of the University’s commitment to technology enhanced learning. This employs the use of the e-learning portal (Blackboard).

A central feature the academic support available to you is the service provided by the University Library. This 24/7 service caters for all your learning needs, has extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at improving your critical thinking and communication 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. Discuss the role and purpose of neuroloigical physiotherapy

2. Relate the applied anatomy and physiology of the cental nervous system and understanding of common neurological pathologies to clinical presentation.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1. Demonstrate and justify a range of neurological assessment strategies.
2. Select and apply appropriate outcome measures.

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

1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the impact of living with a neurological condition on an individual.

How will I be assessed?

Module formative assessment opportunittes are provided in the form individual and group tasks relating to different sections of the summative exam.


The module summative assessment will take the form of an unseen written examination. The exam is a 2 hour written paper with 3 sections; anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, pathology and assessment.

Written individual feedback will be provided along with general cohort feedback provided via the e-Learning Portal (eLP, Blackboard)/e-mail.

K&U 1,2
IPSA 1,2
PVA 1

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module will enable you to develop an initial understanding of the the role and purpose of neurological physiotherapy by introducing you to the underpinning theory of motor control and relating this to the assessment of common neurological conditions. You will be encouraged to explore the impact of living with a neurological condition using the ICF framework to understand impairments of body structure and function, limitations of activity and restriction of participation. The module aims to give you a sound knowledge and basic assessment skills which will be further developed in practice and later in the programme. This will be achieved through lectures, practicals and seminars which will allow you to discuss ideas and practice skills. The module will be assessed through a written exam.

Course info

UCAS Code B160

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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