Core Module Information
Module title: Application of Physiotherapy Theory & Practice

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

Module code: HSC11140
Module leader: Donnie MacDonald
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

This module is split into two components - component 1 is the on campus learning and component 2 is practice placement.

During the on campus component, you will explore the adaptation from the bodies normal structure and function as a result of pathology, disease progression, injury or ageing and the implications of these for physiotherapy management the different systems of the body and develop an understanding of the impact of basic pathological process that occur in common conditions.

You will explore physiotherapy interventions and management approaches including electro-physical modalities, manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, which are utilised in contemporary areas of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory practice and formulate on going treatment plans. Within your practical classes you will develop your skills by applying and modifying physiotherapy approaches in a safe, ethical and professional manner which builds on your learning from previous modules.

Indicative content includes:

Professional skills and knowledge including:

Body systems: Impact of normal development from birth to later life, ageing and disruption to the musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory systems; Working with deteriorating/improving conditions (neurological, Cardiorespiratory and MSK); Treatment planning and clinical reasoning: Critical appraisal of evidence relating to physiotherapy approaches and theories (guidelines, literature); Collaborative working with peers, service users, carers and families in treatment planning and goal setting; Justification of selected approach with emphasis on person centred practice; Intervention practical application and evidence: Role of self-management and education; Manual therapies; Exercise prescription; Psychological, social and psychosocial processes involved in rehabilitation; Electrotherapy modalities; Application of therapeutic exercise, including progression and regression; Modification and personalisation of Physiotherapy intervention and management approaches to meet the needs of individual patients/carers and groups; Documentation and goal setting

The practice placement component of the module will follow the on campus work, where you will be applying these physiotherapy approaches in two practice placements which are designed to again consolidate and develop your learning.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Critically discuss the consequences of disruption to normal structure and function as a result of pathology, disease progression, injury or ageing and the implications of these for physiotherapy management.
LO2: Critically analyse, justify ,demonstrate and apply the practical application of evidence-informed interventions, and interpret the physiological, structural, behavioural and functional changes that can result from physiotherapy interventions.
LO3: Critically appraise service-user and their carers involvement in decision-making processes within health and social care, recognising the need for a relationship based on mutual respect and trust which upholds the rights, dignity, values and autonomy of service-users and their carers.
LO4: Formulate an appropriate and prioritized, SMART goal-orientated plan, through synthesising evidence and acknowledging the need to engage with individuals and groups as co-creators of their management plan.
LO5: Critically reflect on the impact that culture, equality and diversity have on practice, and be able to propose modifications to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities where necessary.
LO6: Demonstrate an active approach to professional development and demonstrate professional behaviours and responsibilities and the placement learning domains outlined by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donnie MacDonald
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The on campus learning will be delivered through a blend of online materials including online lectures using a virtual learning environment (VLE), classroom-based discussion, practical classes and group work.

The classes will be embedding case studies in order to develop a problem-based approach to learning.
Theoretical aspects of the module relating to disruption of normal structure and function resulting from pathology, disease progression, injury or ageing will be introduced online (LO1) will be delivered through online materials which will guide you through key instructional information and direct you towards further reading. These will be critically developed in workshops and tutorials as well as in practical classes.

Case scenarios will be used in tutorial and practical classes to in order to draw out some of the complexities of the materials, and through using debate and discussion develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills (LO2,3,4,5). In practical classes you will work in small groups with peers to develop critical thinking which underpins your clinical reasoning and practical skills and which relates to contemporary and emerging physiotherapy approaches (LO3) whilst developing your presentation skills.

The practice placement component of the module is divided into Part A (Practice Placement 1) and Part B (Practice Placement 2). Under the supervision of a physiotherapist, or another appropriately qualified professional, you will develop your knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes in assessing, analysing, applying and evaluating physiotherapy in a range of contexts in a safe and competent manner (LO6). Placements offer you the opportunity to build on your University based learning and to apply this to a real world setting. The experiences will also allow you to implement the professional standards of the HCPC and CSP, including meeting the required practice placement hours, with at least 500 hours of practice placement usually being undertaken in Year 1 through this module.

The on campus and practice placement elements of this module mean that the module covers all three Edinburgh Napier University trimesters of study, with the module starting in the final weeks of Trimester 2 and continuing into Trimester 3 for on campus learning, and Practice Placement 1 starting late in Trimester 3 continuing into Trimester 1 of the following academic year. Practice Placement 2 takes place entirely in Trimester 1.

A minimum of 80% attendance is required in the on campus component of the module in order to be eligible to undertake the assessment. There is an 85% attendance requirement for the Practice Placement component of the module. See the myProgramme student handbook for further guidance.

Formative Assessment:
Component 1:
Formative assessment will provide academic support and feedback prior to summative assessments.
Peer assessed mock of practical examination at the mid-point of the module in teaching week 7
A 15 minute group presentation on selected area of practice to class - week 10
Component 2:
Part A and B are subject to a midway tutor meeting to ensure progression of LOs.

Summative Assessment:
Component 1 is a Justified OSCE (100% of mark)

Component 2 includes two parts (part A and B) which are graded as Pass/ Fail. Both parts require completion of the CSP Common Practice Placement Assessment, which is undertaken at the end of each placement.

You must pass both components of the assessment, including passing both parts of Component 2, in order to pass the module.

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 1-5 45 HOURS= 01.00
Placement (Report) 0 6 5
Placement (Report) 0 6 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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