module specification

ST7051 - Manual Therapy for Peripheral and Spinal Joints (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Manual Therapy for Peripheral and Spinal Joints
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
161 hours Guided independent study
6 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 50% 50 Peripheral manual therapy assessment
Practical Examination 50% 50 Spinal manual therapy assessment
Practical Examination 0%   Practical attendance
Running in 2023/24

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

Module summary

This module is intended to develop clinical reasoning for applying manual therapy mobilisation techniques to the peripheral and spinal joints. This module will develop a critical approach to technique selection for treating dysfunctional joints via analysis of contemporary research.


Anatomical and biomechanical analysis of the peripheral and spinal joints. LO 2

Manual therapy – techniques, philosophies, contraindications, indications, effects and uses in sport and exercise. LO 1 - 3

Clinical examination and assessment techniques of the spine – theory, practice and evidence base. LO 4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject material through teacher-led activities in the form of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The school utilises an on-line anatomy site (Visible Body) that has interactive learning to encourage home study. There is also a library of online videos available to the student’s which demonstrates practical skills and can be accessed remotely via utilisation of the students university log-in details. Students’ ability to seek, handle and interpret information will be encouraged through directed reading. Students will work in groups on aspects of practical application and as individuals. Study responsibilities are articulated in the Student Charter which is available via the University web site.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Identify and apply appropriate manual therapy techniques via analytical and clinical reasoning processes.
2. Develop anatomical and biomechanical knowledge of the peripheral and spinal joints.
3. Discuss the implications of manual therapy treatment based on case analysis.
4. Critically appraise and perform diagnostic techniques of the spine.

Assessment strategy

Students will need to demonstrate their practical skills and critical analysis of information via the two practical assessments containing viva elements. Both assessments will be 30 minutes long, including an initial 5 minutes of reading time. The first practical assessment will assess applied anatomical knowledge, SIN analysis, clinical reasoning, consideration of significant information from case analysis and peripheral limb manual therapy skills (50%). The second practical assessment will assess the application of spinal manual therapy skills, performance of spinal diagnostic tests, applied anatomical knowledge, SIN analysis, significant information from case analysis and clinical reasoning (50%). Students will be required to attend a minimum of 80% of the practical sessions in this module in order to successfully complete the module.

This module is pass all components due to the practical clinical competencies outlined by The Society of Sports Therapists to enable application for licence to practice.