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PSIO6041 Clinical Assessment and Treatment MSc

Module Overview

This module aims to develop an evidence-based approach to how an understanding of the foundation sciences influences the physiotherapy management of problems commonly encountered by individuals in clinical practice. You will be introduced to the basic assessment process and treatment of commonly occurring presentations of cardiorespiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal conditions and which aims to prepare you for placement 1 and 2. Your learning will be facilitated by patient case studies and you will also learn about treatment options, with a focus on advice, activity participation and exercise to manage a range of different conditions. As far as possible, service users (patients) will contribute to your learning, through demonstration of assessment and treatment techniques, and/or by discussing their lived experiences of their condition. This taught component (theory and practical) of this module interfaces with the BSc Clinical Assessment and Treatment Module, maximising opportunities for peer learning. This module also involves a combined approach of small group tutorials, self-directed learning and plenaries, using the guided discovery process to prepare you for Masters level critical thinking and interpretation of research evidence. It also promotes team working and develops presentation skills critical to the progression into the further MSc modules.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of human anatomy and physiology of the human body in the context of neurological, cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal assessment related to simple case studies
  • Discuss the theories of psychosocial concepts and apply these to the individual, interpersonal and societal levels as part of the physiotherapy management of simple case studies.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how assessment information is used to form an initial hypothesis, a problem list, treatment plan and realistic goals, which are discussed in partnership with patients.
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise evidence to inform the physiotherapy management of simple case studies.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise the ethical and moral dimensions of physiotherapy, including issues related to informed consent including: explanation of assessment options, confirming patient understanding and patient choice.
  • As a self-motivated learner, you will appraise your own learning and contribute effectively to working in small study groups to further expand your knowledge of the assessment for simple musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills as part of the assessment process to gain the relevant physical, psychological, social and cultural information pertinent for the patients’ presentation.
  • Demonstrate a systematic, appropriate physical assessment for patients with simple musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy management techniques including patient handling, for simple musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions.


This is a shared module and the MSc students will attend lectures and practicals alongside the BSc students. The core areas of NMS, CVR and Neuro will be covered to help prepare students for their first placement starting in June.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be achieved by the students attending lectures and practical sessions shared with the BSc students. In addition, the MSc students will work independently in small groups using the guided discovery learning principle to research a topic chosen by the case facilitator. The topic maybe a relevant theory that students have to research and present the evidence to the group, or a facilitated discussion of a research paper or a case study which will expand their knowledge and facilitate the development of their critical thinking. The combined teaching and learning approach will achieve the learning outcomes specified.

Wider reading or practice80
Preparation for scheduled sessions75
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Sue Raine, Linzi Meadows, Mary Lynch-Ellerington (2009). Bobath Concept: Theory and Clinical Practice in Neurological Rehabilitation. 

Stokes M , Stack E (2013). Physical Management for Neurological Conditions [Formerly Physical Management in Neurological Rehabilitation]. 

Sheila Lennon, Geert Verheyden, Gita Ramdharry (2018). Neurological Physiotherapy Pocketbook. 

Delva Shamely (2005). Pathophysiology an Essential text for the Allied Health Professions. 

Hough (2017). Cardiorespiratory Care: an evidence-based, problem-solving approach. 

Hengeveld, E and Banks, K (2013). Maitlands Peripheral Manipulation. 

Shumway-Cook A and Woollacott MH (2012). Motor control : translating research into clinical practice. 

Carr J & Shepherd R (2010). Neurological Rehabilitation: Optimizing motor performance. 

Hengeveld, E and Banks, K (2013). Maitlands Vertebral Manipulation. 

Gillian Mead, Frederike van Wijck (2012). Exercise and Fitness Training After Stroke. 

Jones K. (2014). Neurological Assessment. 

Mary Anne Broad, Mathew Quint, Sandy Thomas, Paul Twose (2012). Cardiorespiratory Assessment of the Adult Patient, A clinicians guide. 


Assessment Strategy

There will be two assessments aligned to this module. To assess knowledge and performance for the practical skills, and ensure you are safe to continue onto placement, two Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) exams aligned to module specific content (Musculoskeletal, Neurology and Cardiorespiratory) is utilised. Each OSCE will carry a weighting of 17.5%. To assess your critical appraisal, evaluation and synthesis skills, as well as your reflection on your learning, there will be a presentation and viva, weighted at 35%. Each assessment or component of assessment must be passed at 50% (grade D), and one component cannot compensate for any other. Those components that are retaken will be capped at 50%.


Group presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Objective Structured Clinical Examination 50%
Presentation & Viva  (30 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Objective Structured Clinical Examination 50%
Presentation & Viva  (30 minutes) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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