SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB125969
Module Leader Chee-Wee Tan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Practice Evaluation will promote an evaluative approach to patient assessment and management by providing students with an opportunity to develop practical research skills. Students will be introduced to the key theories and principles underpinning psychometric measurement properties. Using this knowledge, students will be enabled to critically analyse and a range of evaluation strategies commonly employed within physiotherapy practice. This module provides an opportunity for students to develop an enquiring and analytical approach to investigate practice. This will provide students the opportunity to contribute to the justifications of decision making and be able to identify appropriate outcome measures and their practical utility.


Methods of evaluation used in physiotherapy practice Psychometric properties of measurement Application of validity, reliability, sensitivity, specificity, responsiveness, likelihood ratios within the context of evaluating physiotherapy practice Domains of International classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and how these link to outcome measurement and evaluation Accessing electronic databases and other information sources Data gathering and interpretation of data Literature searching Critique of published literature Appraisal and synthesis of data Use of evidence based practice Evaluation of practice using valid and reliable outcome measures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically evaluating and analysing methods of evaluation commonly used in physiotherapy practice 2. Critically analyse and evaluate the psychometric properties of a range of qualitative and quantitative methods of evaluation with reference to current published evidence3. Critically analyse and evaluate the suitability of a range of qualitative and quantitative methods of evaluation4. Justify the selection and modification of methods commonly used in physiotherapy practice with consideration to the principles of validity, reliability, responsiveness, specificity and sensitivity

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will adopt a blended learning approach. Theoretical concepts will be explored using face-to-face teaching, simulated scenarios and student tutorials sessions. These strategies will include: problem-based learning, group discussion, peer-assisted learning, flipped classrooms and independent learning. GCU Learn virtual learning environment and other online media will be utilised to facilitate learning with strategies such as directed activities. Simulated scenarios will be used to enable students to apply and develop knowledge and skills required to implement a critical approach to physiotherapy practice. Constructivist and socioconstructivist theory will underpin the students' learning experience.

Indicative Reading

Essential Reading Hamill, J.H. & Knutzen, K.M. 2009, Biomechanical basis of human movement, 3rd edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. Hattam, P. & Smeatham, A. 2010, Special tests in musculoskeletal examination, Churchill Livingstone, Oxford. Palastanga, N., Field. D., Soames, R.W. 2006 Anatomy and Human Movement, 5 th Edn Churchill Butterworth, Heinemann Elsevier, Edinburgh. Petty, N. & Ryder. D 2018 Musculoskeletal Examination and Assessment. A Handbook for Therapists. 5th Edn, Elsevier, Edinburgh. Glasgow Caledonian University, 2018, Protocols for Practical Skills Procedures Recommended Clarkson, H.M., 2013. Musculoskeletal Assessment. Joint Motion and Muscle Testing, 3rd Edn, Wolters Kluwer / Lippencott Williams and Wilkins,Baltimore. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2011. Code of Members' Professional Values and Behaviour. CSP: London, [Online]. Available at: <> [Accessed 5 th December 2018]. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2016 Information paper: Record Keeping guidance PD061, CSP London, [Online], Available at <> . [Accessed 5 th December]. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2013a. Quality Assurance Standards for Physiotherapy Service Delivery. CSP London [Online], Available at <> . [Accessed 5 th December 2018]. Field, A. 2017, Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS, 5th edn, Sage, London Health and Care Professions Council, 2012. Standards of conduct, performance and ethics. HCPC: London, [Online]. Available at: [Accessed 5 th December 2018]. Health and Care Professions Council, 2013. Standards of Proficiency - Physiotherapists. HCPC London [Online], Available at [Accessed 5 th December]. Hicks, C. 2009, Research methods for clinical therapists, 5th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Kendall, F.P., McCreary, E.K., Provance, P.G., Rodgers, M., Romani, W. 2010. Muscle Testing and Function with Posture and Pain, 5th Ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore Lederman, E. 2005, The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. World Health Organization (2001) International classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, World Health Organization Whittle, M. 2012, Gait analysis, 5th Edn, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable students to develop and consolidate the following transferable skills at SCQF Level 11. Generic. Students will develop their time management skills, ability to manage complex workloads, development of academic writing skills including critical appraisal of published literature and confidence in self-directed study. Employability The use of facilitated workshops will help students to develop effective communication skills including active listening, resolving conflict and teamwork. They will also have a working knowledge of evidence based practice and how to handle and interpret complex information. Digital Management and handling of data, including accurate reporting and data extraction

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 0.00 100.00 50% Coursework 2500 words