PT0504 - Physiotherapy For Movement And Function

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to develop your knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients with disordered movement and function. You will explore aspects of assessment, planning and prioritising physiotherapy management strategies including the principles underpinning the safe and effective application of physiotherapy skills to enhance movement and function; and how to justify the selection of physiotherapy skills according to the needs of clients.

How will I learn on this module?

Keynote lectures will provide a theoretical framework for your own independent study and practical workshop sessions will develop treatment skills to address clinical problems causing disorders of movement and function. Seminars, include small group work activities, will be used to explore your understanding of assessment and treatment approaches covered and facilitate the development of clinical decision-making skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Module Tutor and teaching staff will be available to address queries and concerns during teaching sessions. Additionally, staff will provide support via email as required. Further support and learning resources will be provided via eLP.

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. Be able to make links between theory and practice
2. Develop evidence-based practical proficiency in the safe and effective application of physiotherapeutic skills

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Develop and demonstrate safety and competence in the selection, application and critical appraisal of evidence-based physiotherapy interventions.
2. Develop and demonstrate basic problem-solving skills fundamental to clinical decision-making.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Provide evidence for key personal attributes of non-judgemental person-centred care, compassion, patience and resilience in managing clients with movement and function disorders.

How will I be assessed?

• You will receive verbal feedback during seminar and practical activities throughout the module to facilitate your skill development and clinical decision-making. You will receive written feedback on your summative examination performance.
• You will be assessed summatively by a ePoster (linked to your eSkills portfolio) and viva that demonstrates your application of a therapeutic intervention ability to modify your technique and select alternative interventions. A viva explores your underpinning theoretical knowledge and appreciation of how your skills complement an overarching patient management strategy.

KU: 1, 2

IPAA: 1, 2

PVA: 1


Foundations of MSK, Neuro & Cardio


Physio skills 2

Module abstract

This enjoyable practically focused module builds on the foundation knowledge developed in year 1 and applies it to the development of physiotherapeutic interventions aimed at addressing client’s problems with everyday movement and function. It combines the development of cognitive (clinical reasoning and decision-making) and practical skills (underpinning theory with safe and competent delivery) to enable you to manage clients with disorders of movement and function. Additionally, it prepares you for clinical practice by developing your awareness of and empathy towards some of the challenging issues that face clients experiencing problems with movement and function.

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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