Core Module Information
Module title: Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11138
Module leader: Michael Leavitt
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In this module you will develop your understanding of foundation sciences and the principles which underpin physiotherapy practice. The aim of the module is to introduce you to the principles of assessment (both through face to face and digital mediums in line with current practice) which you will apply across core areas of physiotherapy practice: musculoskeletal, neurology and cardiorespiratory. You will develop practical skills involved in analysis of movement and engage in critical discussions relating to the use of outcome measures in clinical practice as well as integrating current research and literature. You will develop practical examination skills, including palpation and measurement skills; you will develop your interpersonal skills, with consideration for the values and behaviours expected of a health care professional whilst developing your understanding of the importance of person-centred practice.

Emphasis in this module is on developing your professionalism and practical assessment skills to enable you to practice within your scope of practice as a physiotherapist in a safe, ethical and professional manner, giving attention to consent, confidentiality, and record keeping. In addition to developing your practical skills you will be develop your critical understanding of the foundational sciences which underpin physiotherapy assessment (anatomy, biomechanics and human movement analysis). Within the module you will have the opportunity critique sources of evidence to inform your clinical reasoning in order to reach a working diagnosis. You will be introduced to the roles of the professional and regulatory bodies and reflect on your learning within the module. The content of the module may include the following topics:
Anatomy and physiology
• The structure and function of the human body and its responses to disease and disorder.
• Motor control
• Introduction to key neurophysiological concepts (neurodevelopment, neuroplasticity, ageing and degeneration)
• Biomechanics and tissue mechanics
• Palpation skills of anatomical landmarks
• Movement analysis including gait analysis
• Inflammation and healing
• Pain Mechanism
• Respiratory care
• The theories underpinning Physiotherapy practice and the profession.
Practical skills
• Theory and concepts of clinical examination/assessment
• Palpation skills of anatomical landmarks
• Application of clinical examination and assessment
• Development of communication skills and examination skills
• Development of handling skills
Research and education
• Development of skills in critical evaluation and synthesis of evidence in literature
• Evidence based outcome measures
Professional skills
• Roles of professional and regulatory bodies
• Professionalism and values
• Professional behaviour, documentation
• Reflective practice and self-awareness
• Life-long learning
• Communication skills (including verbal and non-verbal; face to face and digital medium) and the need to modify to meet specific person needs.
• Evaluation and adaptation
• Safety

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the foundation sciences of normal human anatomy and physiology, and relate these to normal human movement and function across the life-span considering factors influencing individual ability and health status.
LO2: Synthesise knowledge and principles of anatomy, biomechanics, applied exercise science and ergonomics and apply principles to the analysis of human movement and function.
LO3: Critically justify and demonstrate the application of assessment approaches, giving consideration to the theories and evidence base underpinning the principles of assessment and measurement, within a physiotherapy context.
LO4: Critically discuss the values, behaviours and knowledge required of a health care professional, including knowledge of Health and Care Professions Council standards of conduct, performance and ethics and the need the to keep skills and knowledge up to date for career-long learning to apply in a practical setting.
LO5: Critically appraise information gathered from a range of sources and adopt a systematic approach to clinically reasoning in order to reach a working diagnosis.
LO6: Critically reflect on practice in order to evaluate and enhance your own learning.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Leavitt
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 44
Face To Face Tutorial 22
Independent Learning Guided independent study 134
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Structures Clinical Exam (OSCE) 100 1-6 34 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11138 Foundations for Physiotherapy Practice