module specification

ST5055 - Peripheral Manual Therapy (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Peripheral Manual Therapy
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
3 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
117 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 40% 35 Practical 1 (20 mins)
Practical Examination 60% 35 Practical 2 (30 mins)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical attendance requirement
Running in 2021/22

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Afternoon
Spring semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Students will gain the understanding, knowledge and expertise to apply safe and effective manual therapy to the peripheral joints by introducing the students to the concepts and current philosophies of manual therapy techniques. The application of manual therapy techniques will be based on the clinical interpretation of case notes.

The module also aims to develop the ability to clinically interpret athlete information, formulate clinical decisions to develop a treatment program based on knowledge of common sporting/dancing injuries, their mechanics and their sporting demands. The knowledge obtained through completion of this module provides the students with essential skills which are key competencies for their future employment as a Sport Therapist. They will also gain key fundamental skills such as communication, personal responsibility and decision making, which are transferable to a wide range of employments.

Prior learning requirements



• Philosophies of manual therapy and practical application of manual therapy techniques to the peripheral joints LO2
• Clinical reasoning of athlete information, understanding biomechanics of joint movement and theory of mobilisations to develop appropriate manual therapy techniques - priorities, planning and progressing LO1, LO2, LO3
• Detailed pathology of specific structures within the human body and the healing process including relevance to manual therapy techniques LO3
• Understanding, development and utilisation of an appropriate SIN LO1
• Patient note-taking and interpretation of annotations LO1

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will consist of practical sessions with demonstrations by the lecturer followed by small group work to apply the techniques. This will be blended with online videos which will be transmitted during practical sessions and available as self-directed practise.

Students will discuss case notes and case studies will be used to learn how to develop a manual therapy treatment plan. Lecture material will be embedded with the sessions to apply theory to practise and discussed in seminar/practical sessions. Weblearn tools such as discussions, interactive quizzes and multiple-choice questions will be used to enhance student-learning, engagement and provide formative self-assessment.

Reflective learning will be a key focus of the practical sessions, encouraging verbal and written peer reflection on their skills. These skills of examination and assessment are essential for a Sports Therapist and therefore will support the students on graduation in the Sports Therapy workplace. The practical skills will also develop their professionalism and communication which are transferable skills to the wider employability marketplace.

Learning outcomes

1. Interpret findings from clinical case notes to formulate and develop a manual therapy treatment plan
2. Demonstrate appropriate and safe manual therapy techniques
3. Discuss the physiological and biomechanical effects of manual therapy on the musculoskeletal system


Assessment strategy

Formative assessment strategies are implemented on weekly basis in the form of online self-assessments during independent study and peer assessments during practical classes.

Summative assessments aim to provide a variety of assessment methods whilst ensuring all learning outcomes are met.

Each practical exam assesses the students’ ability to demonstrate upper or lower limb manual therapy treatments respectively. Practical 1 assesses the students’ ability to determine the SIN for the patient within the viva section and then show lower limb manual therapy treatments (chosen by the examiner) and practical 2 requires a full physiological and biomechanical justification for their chosen treatment followed by upper limb manual therapy demonstrations.

Students must obtain at least 40% to pass this module. In addition, students must normally obtain at least 35% in each component of assessment within this module. A mark of between 35% and 39% may be compensated by other components if the performance in practical components is safe (or when a mark of 37% is achieved upon implementation of the 2017 University grading scheme). Satisfactory attendance must be achieved for a pass in this module to be awarded.



Core Text:

Hengevald, E. and Banks, K. (2014) Maitland’s Peripheral Manipulations (5th Ed). Elsevier

Other Texts:
Mulligan, B. (2010) Manual Therapy: NAGs, SNAGs, MWMs etc. (6th Ed). Orthopedic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Nordin, M. and Frankel, V. (2012) Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System (4th Ed). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Palastanga and Soames (2012) Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and Function (6th Ed). Churchill Livingstone

British Journal of Sports Medicine
Clinics in Sports Medicine
Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
Journal of Applied Biomechanics


WebLearn Sports Therapy videos resource

Visible body on-line resource