Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring & Summer
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
06 October 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

DIP B166MO Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice (Hand Therapy),
MSC B166MO Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice (Hand Therapy)

Module description

This module explores assessment methods utilised in the musculoskeletal field. It explores the role of assessment and the relative contribution of our assessment tools. The evidence base supporting and directing the application of physical examination methods, subjective assessment components, imaging techniques and laboratory investigations will be considered. Students will be able to direct their learning to tools appropriate for their area of specialisation, e.g. hand therapy, lower limb specialist etc.

Module aims

This module is recommended for experienced physiotherapists, nurses, general practitioners and other allied health practitioners working in the area of musculoskeletal medicine and keen to expand their knowledge and skills in order to manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond their current scope of practice.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a skilled examination of the musculoskeletal system

2. Critically evaluate the use of additional diagnostic tools within the assessment of patients with musculoskeletal pathologies

3. Critically evaluate and use the available evidence base in relation to decision making within musculoskeletal assessment

Module information

Minimum enrolment.
Please note that if insufficient numbers of students (i.e. <10) opt to take this module we may have to cancel it at short notice. If this is the case we will of course notify anyone who has applied to take this course in a particular term as soon as possible and offer an opportunity to discuss alternative options.

Learning and teaching methods

Three days of 'face to face' teaching (typically via a digital platform) will include lectures and task driven seminars. The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the university's intranet learning platform, Moodle. There are no timetabled tutorials, students are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Subjective Presentation    40% 
Coursework   Case Study    60% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sue Innes, email:
Dr Sue Innes and contributors from SRES



External examiner

Mr Myles Butler
Sheffield Hallam University
Senior Lecturer Team Lead
Available via Moodle
Of 78 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
78 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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