PT0406 - Anatomy Of The Musculoskeletal System

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be introduced to the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. This will incorporate identifying bones and bony landmarks, muscle location, attachments and action, non contractile structures, normal range of movement and accurate palpation of surface anatomy. You will learn appropriate palpation skills in order to accurately locate important musculoskeletal structures. Successful completion of the module will rely on effective self-directed and independent study skills and time management which will be facilitated by the module team.

A strong emphasis will be given to the development of practical functional anatomy and takes an integrated regional anatomy approach to consider the gross structure and function of the lower limb, upper limb, spine and pelvis.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, 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. We will contextualise all learning in this module within HCPC and CSP recommendations for lifelong learning, with the method of delivery mirroring what is expected and observed by qualified physiotherapists. Full day workshops, which will have a specific focus on one joint, will be delivered every 7-10 days. The workshops will contain lecture type teaching, but will have a primary focus upon student led learning using group work. These sessions are heavily practical based, and will require students to model for each other to explore palpation of the musculoskeletal system. There will be a large emphasis on directed study in order to prepare for each workshop.

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 taught sessions 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 via the e-learning portal (eLP).

A central feature to 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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the bony and soft tissue anatomy of the spine, pelvis, upper and lower limbs
2. To discuss common pathologies, aetiology and prognosis which effect the Musculoskeletal system

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. To accurately locate, identify and palpate important musculoskeletal structures

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. To gain consent and conduct practical tasks with a model in a respectful and professional manner

How will I be assessed?

Module formative assessment opportunities are provided in each full day workshop, whereby student can present a video demonstration of themselves presenting applied anatomy and common pathologies to one of the module tutors. In addition, there will be a 45 minute group presentation midway through the module, with written feedback given via peers and module tutors

The summative assessment will be a 20-minute practical based exam, focused upon one of seven anatomical areas. You will be randomly assigned to an area 15 minutes prior to the exam. Within the exam, you will be asked to identify and palpate, on a student model, musculoskeletal anatomy. You will then be expected to transfer this knowledge into common pathologies affecting this joint, discussing their clinical presentation, aetiology and prognosis. Written feedback will be provided after the examination period has completed.

You will reveive written and verbal formative feedback throughout the module following each workshop and the mid module presentation. You will be given written feedback on your summative assessment which can be discussed in person with the module tutor.

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





Module abstract

This module will introduce you to the study of the musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus upon normal anatomy and physiology. This knowledge will then be applied to common conditions that are encountered by physiotherapists and are therefore required for registration to the profession. A strong emphasis will be given to the development of your practical, functional anatomy skills through identifying and palpating clinically important structures. The module takes a regional anatomy approach, which considers the gross structure and function of the lower limb, upper limb, spine and pelvis.

Teaching will be delivered via full day workshops, where you will be expected to practice handling and palpation techniques on other students. Occasional lecture based teaching will be included to help introduce new topics. This will be supported by directed and independent study. The assessment is a 20-minute practical exam where you will be asked to display knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology of a given joint.

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 2020

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