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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5331M MSK Issues of the Upper and Lower Limbs

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Camilla Nykjaer

Taught: 1 Oct to 31 Mar View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Open to Doctors (GMC registered), Physiotherapists (Health and Care Professions Council / Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), Sports Therapists or Sports Trainers (British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers). We may consider Sport & Exercise Science graduates with suitable PG experience, or those holding a relevant S&C qualification (MSc or National Strength and Conditioning Association / UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation).


SPSC5332MChronic Considerations in MSK
SPSC5333MThe MSK Practitioner

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The risk of MSK problems increases with age, and sporting activity, this module provides essential background information needed to recognise and treat both acute and chronic MSK conditions. Key structural and functional aspects of upper and lower limbs will be explored, and understanding developed to allow an evaluation of common injuries and dysfunction.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- recognise key structures relevant to sports activity;
- assess the functional capacity of key anatomical structures;
- gain experience in time management, self-directed learning, and on-line resource access;
- gain experience in effective working practices for teams in a clinical setting.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should have provided evidence of being able to:
L1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of key structures relevant to musculoskeletal function, as well as define the functional capacity of key anatomical structures;
L2. Summarise understanding in these areas and evaluate aspects most likely to incur injury/dysfunction;
L3. Demonstrate an understanding of specialised knowledge in regional MSK disciplines;
L4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the connections between the key disciplines that underpin musculoskeletal medicine;
L5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the acute responses of the human body as applied to exercise and physical activity participation, in particular the anatomical and physiological changes, as well as acute maladaptive responses leading to injury;
L6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the fundamentals of rehabilitation based on these principles.

Skills outcomes
Anatomical knowledge, physiotherapy practice, evaluation and management of common injuries.


Part A: Upper Limb
- Trauma, Acute and Chronic:
- Shoulder
- Elbow
- Wrist and Hand
- Soft Tissue

Part B: Lower Limb
- Trauma, Acute and Chronic:
- Hip and Groin
- Knee
- Ankle and Foot
- Soft Tissue

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours285.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Viewing online resources and presentations, poster preparation, MCQ preparation, reading appropriate for personal knowledge gaps in addition to specified course material, completing course workbook following guidance.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A member of the academic or clinical teaching staff will be allocated as tutor to the group, and will meet with students twice during the module to assess progress, discuss issues arising, and set objectives for the next study period.

Students will have the opportunity to self-assess progress by means of formative MCQ assessments at strategic points in the module, based on suggested reading material and on-line resources available.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQMCQ test with 40 questions based on region identified40.00
In-course AssessmentVirtual OSCE: Personal viva voce exam (checking clinical reasoning and problem solving)60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

By the nature of the material, MCQ will cover most learning outcomes.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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