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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5332M Chronic Considerations in MSK

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Camilla Nykjaer

Taught: 1 Mar to 30 Jun 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).


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 chronic conditions 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 common musculoskeletal pathologies;
- recognise common sporting injuries;
- take a history, assess and recognise management strategies for common musculoskeletal injuries;
- 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, report writing and individual presentation.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should have provided evidence of being able to:
L1. Critically assess and understand the origin of common musculoskeletal pathologies and sporting injuries with relation to the spine;
L2. Apply this knowledge to develop an understanding of the aetiology of common sporting injuries;
L3. Understand the etiology of chronic conditions relating to MSK pathology;
L4. Take a history; interpret and present their findings; critically assess and evaluate management strategies for common musculoskeletal injuries;
L5. Demonstrate an understanding of specialised knowledge in regional MSK disciplines;
L6. Demonstrate an in depth, critical understanding of the connections between the key disciplines that underpin sport and exercise medicine;
L7. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the chronic adaptive responses of the human body to exercise and physical activity participation, including anatomical and physiological changes, as well as chronic maladaptive responses sustaining injury or impeding recovery;
L8. Demonstrate an in-depth, critical understanding of the fundamentals of rehabilitation based on these principles.

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


Part A: The Spine and Chronic Pain
- Lumber Spine
- Chronic Pain

Part B: Rheumatology, Metabolic Bone Disease
- MSK related Rheumatological conditions
- Metabolic Bone Diseases
- Blood tests

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 hours185.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

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.

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 conditions identified40.00
Poster PresentationIndividual poster presentation (based on selected condition)60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

By the nature of the material, MCQ will cover most learning outcomes. We will use the posters as an opportunity to question the student about module-specific issues.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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