SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB721703
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Pre-Requisite Knowledge Student should demonstrate that they are a qualified allied health professional and that they meet the MSc Framework admissions criteria. Students should normally have successfully completed Advancing Practice 1.

Summary of Content

This multi professional module builds on the Advancing Practice 1 module. The module will enable students to consolidate and develop their clinical expertise in the management of patients within the broad themes of either musculoskeletal, neurological or cardio respiratory related disorders. Although the student will undertake an identified theme, generic concepts to all theme areas will be explored in addition to theme/ professional specific concepts. Students will continue to explore issues surrounding reflective practice, evidence based practice and the interdependence between theory and practice using various models of clinical reasoning . Clinical reasoning and reflective strategies will continue to be utilised to develop and refine the students' knowledge and skills competencies in relation to the management of patients with a range of disorders within their broad thematic choice. Students will be challenged to articulate their clinical reasoning within their chosen specialist field and to synthesise and present this information within a professional context. There is also an expectation that students should participate in informed debate on a range of contemporary issues relating to practice. This module is designed to enable practitioners to advance their existing and developing practices in a manner that necessitates evaluation and promotes application of the best available evidence. Students will be required to critically reflect on their own knowledge and understanding as well as practical and clinical reasoning competencies. Students will further develop, integrate and consolidate the transferable skills required to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and development, with progressively less tutor support. It is anticipated that these post-registration students will critically reflect on the knowledge and skills competencies acquired in previous learning experiences within the practice-based and/or academic setting to initiate the process of personal development planning. Critical reflection will also be used to facilitate the process of continuing professional development i.e. to evaluate learning in a variety of contexts and to direct planning of identified learning needs both during and on completion of the module.


This module will enable students to progress from the Advancing P Practice 1 module. It will provide the opportunity to advance the width and depth of their knowledge and skills competencies in the assessment and management of patients with musculoskeletal, neurological, or cardio respiratory disorders. The syllabus will support students to address the achievement of the learning outcomes as they relate to the chosen speciality of practice (e.g. practical skills competencies relating to treatment) will be delivered specifically to address the learning needs of the individual student, the student cohort and/or the relevant learning outcomes. A variety of management strategies will be explored as students' rational and clinical reasoning for using selected strategies. Student owned sessions will focus on the development and consolidation of existing knowledge and skills. Generic sessions will focus on a variety of core generic concepts such as strengthening, behaviour change, neuroplasticity and their relationship to patient management in a generic, theme, and professional context. This module will also provide students with the ongoing opportunity to integrate and consolidate the skills relating to the processes of personal development planning. It will specifically focus on the analysis and evaluation of learning and its effectiveness for the student's continuing professional development. Particular emphasis will be given to the demonstration of such critical reflection activities in the written format.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Identify and critically reflect on knowledge, clinical reasoning and practical skills competencies underpinning clinical practices and continuing learning as part of the process of personal development planning i.e. to undertake a SWOB analysis and to formulate SMART personal learning outcomes 2. Demonstrate an ability to develop and implement learning strategies to advance personal and professional development 3. Compare, analyse and evaluate the rationale for different therapeutic/ management approaches to the management of patients with musculoskeletal, cardio respiratory and/or neurological disorders 4. In simulated conditions, perform treatment techniques in a competent and safe manner, taking into account relevant dangers, safety precautions and contraindications in relation to 'patient' and self. 5. Justify the management of simulated patients and/or case studies in a clinical reasoning discussion with peers, academic and/or clinical colleagues 6. Demonstrate an ability to synthesise and apply evidence based literature into management strategies for patients with musculoskeletal, cardio respiratory and/or neurological disorders

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered using a blended learning approach. Directed reading and tutor- facilitated tutorials within the university setting will be used, as in Advancing Practice 1, to deliver Master classes and practical skills workshops on identified topics. Students will still undertake organised activities as part of this module but this will be student directed rather than tutor facilitated. There will be a greater emphasis on student-led activities and independent learning in this module. The GCU Learn Virtual Learning Environment will be used as an interactive teaching resource to facilitate and enhance independent and peer learning throughout the module. Students will be encouraged to engage in professional discussion and debate as they analyse and evaluate the management strategies used in contemporary clinical practices and the relevant sources of evidence in the literature. Clinical reasoning panels / activities and case study analyses will be used to contribute to the on-going development of reflective practice, clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. They will also enhance the communication skills required to competently express cognitive processes relating to the assessment and management of patients. Practice skills will be demonstrated and practiced utilising the application of theoretical concepts in student directed and led practical skills workshops. Tutor support will be available during these sessions to provide formative feedback however students will be expected to take responsibility to facilitate their own and peers' learning using peer review and self-appraisal. Audio-visual material is available to support and enable independent/peer learning practices. Students will be encouraged throughout the module to apply the critical reflection skills required to support their learning and to facilitate their ongoing personal and professional development with increasing independence. Students will analyse and evaluate their knowledge and skills competencies to demonstrate learning and identify future development requirements in their chosen speciality area of practice. They will be encouraged to consider the opportunities and barriers to address their development needs during the module and on completion of their studies.

Indicative Reading

Students will be directed throughout the module to relevant literature in relation to the chosen speciality area of practice. They will also be encouraged to analyse and evaluate the literature, introduced in Advancing Practice 1 that relates to reflective practice, clinical reasoning and continuing professional development. Donaghy, M. & Morss, K. 2000. "Guided reflection: a framework to facilitate and assess reflective practice within the discipline of physiotherapy", Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Vol.16, pp3-14 Higgs, J., Jones, M. Edwards, I. and Beeston, S. 2004. "Clinical reasoning and practice knowledge". In: Developing Practice Knowledge for Health Professionals, J. Higgs, B. Richardson, & M. Abdrandt Dahlgren, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford. pp181-199 Jasper, M. 2003. Beginning Reflective Practice. Foundations in Nursing and Health Care. Nelson Thornes Ltd, Cheltenham. Jones, M., Jensen, G. & Edwards, I. 2008. "Clinical reasoning in physiotherapy". In: Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, J. Higgs, MA. Jones, S. Loftus & N. Christensen, N. 3rd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. pp245-256 Jones, MA. & Rivett, DA. 2004. "Introduction to clinical reasoning". In: Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists, MA. Jones & MA. Rivett. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. pp3-24 Jones, MA. & Rivett, DA. 2004. "Improving clinical reasoning in manual therapy". In: Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists, MA. Jones & MA. Rivett. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. pp403-418 Pearce, R. 2003. Profiles and Portfolios of Evidence. Nelson Thornes Ltd, Cheltenham.

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the student to develop the following transferable skills associated with Master's level study including: -360b7 work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence; b7 developing study and IT skills to underpin effective learning; b7 developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different contexts; b7 demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations; b7 developing communication skills, written, oral, listening, and presentational; demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team; b7 developing self-marketing/presentation skills and, b7 underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Seminars (PT) 15.00
Independent Learning (PT) 222.00
Practicals (PT) 15.00
Assessment (PT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Portfolio 3000 words
Exam (School) n/a 50.00 45% Presentation