module specification

ST7032 - Manual Therapy for Peripheral Joints (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19, but may be subject to modification
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Manual Therapy for Peripheral Joints
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
152 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 30% 50 Anatomy and manual therapy assessment
Practical Examination 40% 50 Manual therapy and case notes assessment
Coursework 30% 50 Treatment effects review
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module is intended to develop the anatomical and practical skills.Clinical reasoning will be developed for applying manual therapy mobilisation techniques to the peripheral joints.  This module will develop a critical approach to technique selection for treating dysfunctional joints via analysis of contemporary research.


Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to provide the student with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply manual therapy to the peripheral joints safely and effectively. The student will learn in-depth anatomical knowledge and apply this to the joints for treatment. Students will develop critical analysis of research and apply this to treatment regimes for manual therapy.


• Anatomical and biomechanical analysis of the peripheral joints.
• Manual therapy – techniques, philosophies, effects and uses in sport and exercise.
• Clinical considerations for manual therapy treatments including: ethical and legal issues, contraindications, indications and precautions.
• Application of pain, spasm and stiffness treatment management.

Learning and teaching

Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject material through teacher-led activities in the form of lectures and tutorials and practicals. The school utilises an on-line anatomy site (Primal Pictures) that has interactive learning to encourage home study. Students' ability to seek, handle and interpret information will be encouraged through directed reading with some specific distance learning developments, access to the websites of professional bodies, and other learning resources. Students will work in groups on aspects of practical application and as individuals. Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

1. Critically appraise the role of manual therapy techniques in the treatment of dysfunction by analysis of evidence based research.
2. Identify and apply appropriate manual therapy techniques via analytical and clinical reasoning processes.
3. Critically analyse contemporary research in the field of Sports Therapy.
4. Develop anatomical and biomechanical knowledge of the peripheral joints.
5. Discuss the implications of manual therapy treatment based on case analysis.

Assessment strategy

Students will need to demonstrate their practical skills and critical analysis of information via the two practical assessments containing viva elements. The first practical assessment will assess applied anatomical knowledge, SIN analysisand lower limb manual therapy skills (30%, LO1), the second practical assessment will assess the application upper limb manual therapy skills, significant information from case analysisand clinical reasoning (40%, LO2,4). The written component will assess the students’ skills in critical evaluation of contemporary research in the realms of the effects of manual therapy (40%, LO2,4,5). The minimum pass mark of 50% is required in all components of this module to satisfy professional body requirements.


Field, D. and Hutchinson, J. O. (2012) Field’s Anatomy, Palpation & Surface Markings 5th ed. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. [ISBN: 987-0-7020-4355-0]
Hengeveld, E. and Banks, K. (2005) Maitlands Peripheral Manipulation. Elsevier. [ISBN:978-0-7020-4067-2]
Nordin, M. and Frankel, V. (2012) Basic Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system 4th ed. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. [ISBN:987-1-60913-335]
Palastanga, N., Field, D. and Soames, R. (2006) Anatomy and Human Movement structure and function. Elsevier . [ISBN:987-1-60913-335]
Petty, N. and Moore, A. (2011) Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment: A Handbook for Therapists4th ed. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. [ISBN: 978-0702029905]