Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

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Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

Programme Year One

Please note published modules are subject to change in Sept 2021.

First year studies provide a foundation to profession specific practical skills and core knowledge.

Focus – Normal structure and function of tissues found within the human body

Content:

  • Principle mechanisms underlying healing and repair
  • Anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological systems
  • Basic handling and movement analysis skills Introduces the concept of evidence-based practice and the scientific principles of healthcare research
  • Promotes the development of interpersonal skills, especially communication and teamwork
  • Promotes the development of independent learning strategies.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Cardio-respiratory Studies 1 (PHTY122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide the student with the basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the normal respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe the gross and macroscopic structure of the thorax, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

    (LO2) Explain the relationship between the normal structure and function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

    (LO3) Discuss the mechanisms involved in the control of respiration and functioning of the heart.

    (LO4) Describe the functions of blood with particular reference to immunology.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Negotiation skills

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S5) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

  • Foundations of Anatomy 1 (PHTY121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims

    To provide students with the requisite anatomical knowledge of the lower limb and lumbar spine, and associated practical skills, to use as a foundation for future physiotherapy practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To describe the normal anatomical structure and function of the lower limb and lumbar spine.

    (LO2) To demonstrate and explain normal joint range of movement and muscle actions in relation to  the lower limb and lumbar spine.

    (LO3) To demonstrate and explain basic assessment skills such as accessory movements, neurological testing, and special test procedures in relation to the lower limb and lumbar spine.

    (LO4) To demonstrate effective and safe handling skills during practical procedures.

    (S1) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S4) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

  • Foundations of Anatomy 2 (PHTY125)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims

    To provide students with the requisite anatomical knowledge of the upper limb and cervical and thoracic spine, and associated practical skills, to use as a foundation for future physiotherapy practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To describe the normal anatomical structure and function of the upper limb and cervical and thoracic spine.

    (LO2) To demonstrate and explain normal joint range of movement and muscle actions in relation to  the upper limb and cervical and thoracic spine.

    (LO3) To demonstrate and explain basic assessment skills such as accessory movements, neurological testing, and special test procedures in relation to the upper limb and cervical and thoracic spine.

    (LO4) To demonstrate effective and safe handling skills during practical procedures.

    (S1) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, nagotiating/persuading, awareness of interpedendence of others

    (S4) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

  • Neuromuscular Studies 1 (PHTY126)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide basic anatomical and physiological knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human nervous system.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system.

    (LO2) To describe and explain how the human nervous system functions to control normal movement.

    (LO3) To describe and explain how the human nervous system controls language, vision and higher brain function.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Negotiation skills

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

  • Personal and Professional Development (1) (PHTY115)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce the concept of professionalism and develop an awareness of personal skills and attributes required for both university and future employment.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To discuss effective communication skills in a variety of clinical settings.

    (LO2) To demonstrate the skills required for academic writing.

    (LO3) To understand the process of reflection and use it to demonstrate personal and professional development.

    (LO4) To identify and discuss personal and professional skills required for physiotherapy practice.

    (LO5) To demonstrate an awareness of professional values and behaviours, including diversity, the importance of care and compassion and interprofessional working.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S5) Skills used in technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

  • Physiotherapy Core Skills 1 (PHTY120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide the student with an understanding of the normal structure, function and healing of tissues.

    To introduce profession specific skills of analysis relevant to the examination and assessment of patients.

    To develop basic physiotherapeutic treatment and handling skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To describe the normal structure and function of tissues within the human body.

    (LO2) To explain the principal mechanisms associated with tissue healing and repair.

    (LO3) To describe the functional patterns of movement of the lower limb and trunk.

    (LO4) To safely and effectively teach the use of walking aids.

    (LO5) To explain the principles and demonstrate safe and effective application of core physiotherapeutic techniques.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Negotiation skills

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

  • Physiotherapy Core Skills 2 (PHTY124)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce principles of mobilising and strengthening exercises To develop the assessment skills of analysis of movement andmeasuring outcomes To develop physiotherapeutic handling skills

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To describe the effects of immobilityand explain the principles of mobilisation and strengthening.

    (LO2) To demonstrate the safe and effectiveapplication of techniques which will increase range of movement and musclestrength.

    (LO3) To describe the upper limb movementpatterns, and muscle analysis of common upper limb functional tasks

    (LO4) To safely and effectively apply a range of core outcome measure and describe the essential and desirablefeatures of outcome measures.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Negotiation skills

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

  • Research Skills (HEAL116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To introduce the general principles of quantitative and qualitative research
    To introduce the use of tools to critically appraise healthcare literature.
    To develop skills in presentation, team-working and directed self-study.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Explain the underpinning philosophy, methods and ethics of quantitative and qualitative study designs

    (LO2) Differentiate between research questions, aims and hypotheses in studies involving healthcare research

    (LO3) Describe validity, reliability, credibility and trustworthiness in relation to studies involving healthcare research

    (LO4) Identify the key aspects of data collection and analysis in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods healthcare research and recognise when and how to use them

    (LO5) Explain the use of critical appraisal tools to review published healthcare research literature.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Skills in using technology - Online communications skills

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills

Programme Year Two

Please note published modules are subject to change in Sept 2021.

You will develop your skills and core knowledge through academic study and practice experience.

Focus – Pathology

Content:

  • Patient assessment
  • Patient treatment and management
  • Promotes the development of an independent approach to clinical reasoning, problem solving and reflective practice in the practice setting.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Cardio-respiratory Studies 2 (PHTY221)
    Level2
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop students' core knowledge, practical skills, problem solving skills and critical thinking in relation to patients with cardiorespiratory problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To explain and relate the pathological changes and clinical features resulting from medical and surgical cardiorespiratory conditions.

    (LO2) To analyse the examination and assessment findings of patients with medical and surgical cardiorespiratory conditions in order to identify problems that would benefit from physiotherapy.

    (LO3) To use clinical reasoning to plan and deliver safely and effectively a progressive treatment programme tailored to the individual needs of the patient.

    (LO4) To explain the theory underlying the therapeutic techniques used in the physiotherapy management of patients with cardiorespiratory problems.

    (LO5) To discuss the possible psychosocial effects of critical illness, surgery and chronic cardiorespiratory conditions.

    (LO6) To critically analyse relevant literature in order to discuss the effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

  • Musculoskeletal Studies (PHTY220)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To enable students to develop and enhance the basic knowledge acquired in year one and apply this to the physiotherapy management of common musculoskeletal problems encountered in practice. To provide students with the opportunity to refine independent learning strategies and develop clinical reasoning skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To explain the pathological and clinical features that result from common musculoskeletal problems.

    (LO2) To apply knowledge of the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, to the examination and assessment of peripheral and spinal joints in order to analyse signs and symptoms of pathology.

    (LO3) To discuss and reason the management of common musculoskeletal problems that may benefit from physiotherapy intervention.

    (LO4) To explain the theory underlying the application of therapeutic skills used in the management of musculoskeletal problems.

    (LO5) To select, apply and modify, safely and effectively, a range of physiotherapeutic modalities in the management of patient musculoskeletal problems.

    (LO6) To discuss the possible psycho-social issues that impact on patient care.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

  • Neuromuscular Studies 2 (PHTY222)
    Level2
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To enable the student to plan and deliver effective physiotherapy management of common neurological problems through the application of evidence based techniques. To provide an opportunity for the student to develop transferable skills relevant to rehabilitation (problem solving strategies and clinical reasoning skills).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To discuss the relevance of central nervous system pathology to the assessment and management of patients with neuromuscular dysfunction.

    (LO2) To apply knowledge of the structure and function of the central nervous system to explain examination and assessment findings.

    (LO3) To analyse normal movement and recognise abnormalities of movement in neurological patients.

    (LO4) To apply clinical reasoning skills to prioritise problems and plan a progressive, evidence-based treatment programme tailored to individual needs.

    (LO5) To discuss the possible psychosocial issues that impact on patient care.

    (S1) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Personal attributes and qualities - Assertiveness

  • Personal and Professional Development 2 (PHTY215)
    Level2
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide opportunity for the student to develop professional specific skills in practice

    To provide opportunity for the student to develop generic, transferable skills in practice

    To provide opportunity for the student to develop personally and professionally through reflection

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate effective communication skills; team working skills; effective time management through prioritisation and caseload management.

    (LO2) Independently manage their own learning including recognising the limitations of their own practice and reflecting critically on their own personal development.

    (LO3) Conduct a subjective and objective patient examination, analyse examination findings and deliver effective, evidence-based management in response to the needs of the service user.

    (LO4) Conduct themselves in accordance with the HCPC guidance with emphasis on professionalism, safe handling and working procedures and medico-legal aspects associated with healthcare activities.

    (LO5) Evaluate their personal professional development via in-depth reflection.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S2) Global citizenship - Ethical awareness

    (S3) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

    (S4) Commercial awareness - Customer service skills

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Flexibility/Adaptability

  • Research Skills 2 (PHTY225)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To further develop knowledge of research methods and critical appraisal skills

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To conduct a literature search and select material relevant to their chosen research question.

    (LO2) To critically appraise the literature selected using the format of an annotated bibliography

    (LO3) To apply their knowledge of either qualitative/quantitative research methods, or the systematic review process, in order to produce an outline for a proposed study. 

    (S1) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

  • Specialist Physiotherapy Practice (PHTY224)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide an overview of the common pathologies and holistic management of patients from a variety of specialist areas of physiotherapy. To develop an awareness of the contextual, legal, ethical and psychological aspects of working with different specialist groups.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the common pathologies encountered within specialist areas of physiotherapy.

    (LO2) To critically analyse relevant literature in order to discuss the physiotherapy management of the common pathologies within specialist areas of physiotherapy.

    (LO3) To discuss the contextual, legal, psychosocial and ethical aspects of working within specialist areas of physiotherapy.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

Programme Year Three

Please note published modules are subject to change in Sept 2021.

  • Promotes greater responsibility for selfmanagement, clinical reasoning and decision making in relation to patient management
  • Promotes a critical awareness of current evidence-based practice in physiotherapy
  • Enhances awareness of the scope and limits of physiotherapy practice
  • Provides an opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of physiotherapy practice through independent study.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Context of Physiotherapy Practice (PHTY316)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop critical awareness of the multidimensional factors that influence the healthcare professional within the current climate of health care provision.

    To  provide opportunity for interprofessional learning with other health care students in the School of Health Sciences.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate an understanding of the health care system in the UK and the organisation, structure and governance of the NHS.

    (LO2) To discuss critically the wider political, legal, ethical and professional issues that impact upon the modern health care professional.

    (LO3) To critically analyse the role and contribution of other health care professionals in health and social care provision. 

    (LO4) To critically evaluate the changing role of the physiotherapist in health and social care provision

    (LO5) To demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of sociological perspectives in developing and understanding the social context of health.

    (LO6) To critically discuss the psycho-social impact of chronic illness on patients, carers and family members in health and social care provision.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S6) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S7) Global citizenship - Relevant economic/political understanding

    (S8) Global citizenship - Ethical awareness

    (S9) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

  • Personal and Professional Development 4 (PHTY317)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide opportunity for the student to develop generic, transferable skills in practice  

    To provide opportunity for the student to develop profession specific skills in practice

    To promote employability of the "Liverpool Physiotherapy Graduate"

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate professionalism when practising physiotherapy, including effective communication, teamwork, prioritisation, time management and caseload management.

    (LO2) Evaluate personal professional development through self-reflection to facilitate independent learning, and effectively manage and record CPD

    (LO3) Conduct subjective and objective examinations of physiotherapy patients, analyse examination findings and deliver effective, evidence-based management tailored to the individual.

    (LO4) Practise physiotherapy in accordance with the HCPC guidance with an emphasis on safe handling and working procedures and medico-legal aspects associated with healthcare activities.

    (LO5) Critically evaluate the skills, behaviours and attributes valued by the employers of physiotherapy graduates and to be able to promote themselves effectively to future employers

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - communicating for audience

    (S2) Global Citizenship, ethical awareness

    (S3) Global Citizenship- understanding of equality and diversity

    (S4) Commercial Awareness - customer service skills.

  • Personal and Professional Development 3 (PHTY315)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide opportunity for the student to develop professional specific skills in practice  

    To provide opportunity for the student to develop transferable and generic skills in practice

    To develop evidence based clinical reasoning skills in practice

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate professionalism when practising physiotherapy; including effective communication skills, team working skills, prioritisation, time management and caseload management.

    (LO2) Evaluate personal professional development through self-reflection to facilitate independent learning.

    (LO3) Conduct subjective and objective examinations of physiotherapy patients, analyse examination findings and deliver effective, evidence-based management tailored to the individual.

    (LO4) Practise physiotherapy in accordance with the HCPC guidance with an emphasis on safe handling and working procedures and medico-legal aspects associated with healthcare activities.

    (LO5) Critically evaluate effective clinical reasoning related to physiotherapy management of specific physiotherapy relevant problem.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S2) Global citizenship - Ethical awareness

    (S3) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

    (S4) Commercial awareness - Customer service skills

  • Research Skills 3 - Dissertation (PHTY320)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enable the student to undertake an in-depth, independent piece of study in an area of physiotherapy practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To conduct a literature search for a research proposal or conduct a scoping search for a systematic review.

    (LO2) To critically appraise the literature in order to develop a research question.

    (LO3) To critically justify the research design of a study proposal or conduct a systematic review of the literature.

    (LO4) To produce a dissertation which is written and presented using the correct academic format.

    (S1) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Learning is promoted through a wide variety of activities that enable students to become autonomous and continuous learners. Interactive lectures, practical and clinical skills group work, simulation, directed study, role play, problem based learning, small group work, student-led seminars, collaborative project work and interactive tutorials are key learning strategies of the programmes. Practical work using our imaging suite digital equipment, 3D virtual reality radiotherapy facility, Clinical Skills Resource Room and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre complement teaching activities. Face-to-face interactions between all students will occur at shared lectures, tutorials and group work and online interaction will be encouraged and facilitated. There are also inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all healthcare professions programmes.


Assessment

Using a mixture of coursework and examination, a range of assessment methods can be seen across the programmes. These include seen and unseen written examinations, essay assignments with specific word lengths, multiple choice questions, case study presentations, video analysis and interactive practical examinations. Assessment of the work-based learning element of all programmes is an important aspect. You will be required to communicate your views orally and in written form; analyse, implement and evaluate your practice; and to extend the research and evidence base of your chosen profession.

The various methods of assessments have been chosen to provide a balance that will permit the undergraduates to demonstrate their intellectual abilities in all areas to the full.