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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B160
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 32 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

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

  • 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​​To describe the normal structure and function of tissues within the human body.

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

    ​To describe the functional patterns of movement of the lower limb and trunk.

    ​​​To safely and effectively teach the use of walking aids.
    To explain the principles and demonstrate safe and effective application of core physiotherapeutic techniques.
  • Foundations of Anatomy 1 (PHTY121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims
    1. 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 OutcomesTo describe the normal anatomical structure and function of the lower limb and lumbar spine.
    To​ demonstrate and explain normal joint range of movement and muscle actions in relation to  the lower limb and lumbar spine.
    ​​​​​​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.​

    ​To​ demonstrate effective and safe handling skills during practical procedures. 

  • 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

    To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the gross and macroscopic structure of the thorax, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

    ​​​​To demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the normal structure and function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

    ​To demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms involved in the control of respiration and functioning of the heart.

    ​​​​​​To demonstrate an understanding of the functions of blood with particular reference to immunology.
  • Physiotherapy Core Skills 2 (PHTY124)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1. ​To introduce principles of mobilising and strengthening exercises
    2. ​​To develop the assessment skills of analysis of movement andmeasuring outcomes​
    3. To develop physiotherapeutic handling skills​

    Learning OutcomesTo describe the effects of immobilityand explain the principles of mobilisation and strengthening.

      ​To ​demonstrate the safe and effectiveapplication of techniques which will increase range of movement and musclestrength.

      ​​​​To ​describe the upper limb movementpatterns, and muscle analysis of common upper limb functional tasks

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

    1. Foundations of Anatomy 2 (PHTY125)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
      Aims
      1. 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

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

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

      ​To​ demonstrate effective and safe handling skills during practical procedures.

    2. 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

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

      ​To describe and explain how the human nervous system functions to control normal movement.
      ​​​​To describe and explain how the human nervous system controls language, vision and higher brain function.
    3. Research Skills (HEAL116)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. To introduce the general principles of the scientific process of healthcare research.

      2. To introduce the general principles of both quantitative and qualitative research design.

      3. To develop critical appraisal skills.
      4. To develop skills in presentation, team-working and directed self-study.
      Learning OutcomesTo demonstrate an understanding of the underpinning philosophy and methods of quantitative and qualitative study designs.
      To develop research questions.
      To demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of reliability and validity.
      To select and use an appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative study design for a research question and outline fundamental differences in approach to data collection and analysis (including mixed methods designs).
      To demonstrate an understanding of the ethical considerations when collecting data from humans.
      To demonstrate an understanding of the process of critical appraisal of peer-reviewed published literature.​​​​
    4. Behavioural Sciences for Health Professionals (NURS127)
      Level1
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    5. To examine behavioural science perspectives on health and illness.

       

    6. ​To explore the theoretical knowledge base underpinning behavioural science models.

    7. ​To promote an understanding of the practical application of behavioural science theory.

    8. To provide knowledge that wil enable the application of behavioural science theory to professional practice and future continuing professional development.

    9. Learning Outcomes 1. Relate behavioural science theory to an understanding of health and illness.

      ​2. Identify and explain biopsychosocial models of health and illness.

      ​3. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of learning and health behaviours on individuals.

      4. ​Identify and access relevant research findings that relate behavioural science to professional practice.

      ​5. Demonstrate an understanding of behavioural science theory and its application to professional practice.

    10. Integrated Professional Studies (communication and Study Skills for Orthoptists) (ORTH104)
      Level1
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    11. ​​​​​​​​

      To provide the student with the opportunity to develop:

      An insight into professional communication skills and appreciate the need

      and circumstances when modification of communication is necessary.

    12. ​Appropriate study skills for a range of academic work

    13. Learning Outcomes

      ​Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

      Demonstrate the acquisition of appropriate verbal and non-verbal behaviour and communication skills related to the context of professional practice

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      Recognise the need to adapt communication skills for diverse and specific patient groups

      ​​​​
      Demonstrate the effective use of study skills

    Programme Year Two

    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

    • Musculoskeletal Studies (PHTY220)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims
      1. ​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.

      2. ​To provide students with the opportunity to refine independent learning strategies and develop clinical reasoning skills.

      Learning Outcomes

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

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

      ​To explain the theory underlying the application of therapeutic skills used in the management of musculoskeletal problems.

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

      ​​To discuss the possible psycho-social issues that impact on patient care.

    • 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​To e​xplain and relate the pathological changes and clinical features resulting from medical and surgical cardiorespiratory conditions.
        ​​​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.
        ​​​To use clinical reasoning to plan and deliver safely and effectively a progressive treatment programme tailored to the individual needs of the patient.
        ​​To explain the theory underlying the therapeutic techniques used in the physiotherapy management of patients with cardiorespiratory problems.
        ​​​To discuss the possible psychosocial effects of critical illness, surgery and chronic cardiorespiratory conditions.
        ​​​​​To critically analyse relevant literature in order to discuss the effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions.
      1. Neuromuscular Studies 2 (PHTY222)
        Level2
        Credit level22.5
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
        Aims
        1. To enable the student to plan and deliver effective physiotherapy management of common neurological problems through the application of evidence based techniques.

        2. To provide an opportunity for the student to develop transferable skills relevant to rehabilitation (problem solving strategies and clinical reasoning skills).​

        Learning OutcomesTo discuss the relevance of central nervous system pathology to the assessment and management of patients with neuromuscular dysfunction.

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

        To analyse normal movement and recognise abnormalities of movement in neurological patients. ​To apply clinical reasoning skills to prioritise problems and plan a progressive, evidence-based treatment programme tailored to individual needs.
        ​​ To discuss the possible psychosocial issues that impact on patient care​.

        To demonstrate effective teamworking, communication and independent study skills.​

      2. Specialist Physiotherapy Practice (PHTY224)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims
      3. To provide an overview of the common pathologies and holistic management of patients from a variety of specialist areas of physiotherapy.

      4. ​​To develop an awareness of the contextual, legal, ethical and psychological aspects of working with different specialist groups.

      5. Learning Outcomes​To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the common pathologies encountered within specialist areas of physiotherapy.
        ​​​​​​​To critically analyse relevant literature in order to discuss the physiotherapy management of the common pathologies within specialist areas of physiotherapy.
        ​​​​To ​discuss the contextual, legal, psychosocial and ethical aspects of working within specialist areas of physiotherapy.
      6. 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 OutcomesTo ​​conduct a literature search and select material relevant to their chosen research question.​​​​​​​​​​​To critically appraise the literature selected using the format of an annotated bibliography
        ​​​​​​​​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. ​​

      Programme Year Three

      • Promotes greater responsibility for self-management, 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

      • 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 OutcomesTo conduct a literature search for a research proposal or conduct a scoping search for a systematic review.
        ​To critically appraise the literature in order to develop a research question.
        ​​​To critically justify the research design of a study proposal or conduct a systematic review of the literature.​​​​​To produce a dissertation which is written and presented using the correct academic format.

      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.