course descriptions semester 1
This Basics course covers the basic anatomical knowledge a physiotherapist needs. In this intensive course the terminology, histology, osteology, arthrology and myology of the lower and upper extremity will be discussed and studied. This anatomical knowledge finds its direct application in Applied Anatomy (In vivo anatomy). These two courses relate directly to all the skills courses: Physiotherapy Assessment, Interventions and Clinimetrics. In addition these courses will serve the student in his professional role as a healthcare worker.
Applied Anatomy 1
This Skills course is strongly connected to the Anatomy course in the Basics line. The course will start with the application of basic massage techniques in order to become familiar with the human body and with close personal contact. Afterwards, the focus will be on the palpation of the structures of the body. Skin, tendon, muscles and bones will be palpated.
This Basics course is the first course in biomechanics in which the concepts of force and moments will be discussed regarding human postures. This course serves the student in his professional role as a healthcare worker and directly relates to all the skills courses, Physiotherapy Assessment, Interventions and Clinimetrics.
Case Study 1
This course is part of the Clinical Reasoning line of courses. The case study classes (seminars) will be used to apply physiotherapeutic skills such as psychomotor, cognitive, interactive and reactive skills to case studies. This is practiced through the method of discussing specific paper patient cases and performing case-related physiotherapeutic skills. During practice students will be asked to reflect upon their actions with the aim of promoting self-insight (reflection in action). They will receive feedback on the skills demonstrated in class. In some cases the lecturer will present the correct manner of conducting diagnostics, intervention and design of treatment goals. During the “Case Study” courses in the first year, emphasis will be placed on acquiring the competencies that belong to the professional competency of ‘physical therapy activities’, ‘communicating’ and ‘professional conduct’.
Concepts in Clinical Reasoning 1
This course is the theoretical course in the curriculum line Clinical Reasoning. During the seminars different existing models on clinical reasoning will be introduced, discussed (via written cases) and applied to clinical practice. Reasoning behind choices for certain diagnostic tests and physiotherapeutic interventions as well as setting up treatment goals, will be taught with the aid of paper patients or reflecting on clinical sessions. During the “Concepts in Clinical Reasoning” courses in the first year, emphasis will be laid on acquiring the competencies that belong to the professional competency of ‘physical therapy activities’, ‘communicating’ and ‘professional conduct’.
This Skills course is an introduction to the measurement tools used in physiotherapy. Students will learn how to use measurement tools during an assessment, as well as during the evaluation of treatment. Execution, documentation and interpretation of measurement outcomes will be addressed in this course.
Evidence Based Practice 1
This Basics course is the first course of Evidence Based Practice, which is one of the fundamental values of our curriculum. In this course, the different aspects of Evidence Based Practice will be discussed. The starting point is use of evidence in daily life, both as a student and as a professional. Focus will be on the fundamental concepts in research methodology. This course serves the student in his or her professional role as a profession developer and relates to all courses, but in particular to clinical reasoning.
Physiotherapy Assessment 1
Physiotherapy Assessment 1 (Assessment 1 for short) is a Skills course and offers an introduction to the general structure and implementation of a physiotherapeutic assessment, mostly seen in patients with orthopaedic problems. Students will learn how to take a detailed patient history, followed by the basic, subjective, objective and special testing of the lower and upper extremity. Gait and postural analysis will also be addressed. The focus will be on developing students’ assessment skills. The subject matter will move from theory, into practical (patient orientated) application.
Physiotherapy Interventions 1
Physiotherapy Interventions (Interventions for short) 1 is a Skills course and covers various treatment techniques mainly for orthopaedic injuries. Students will learn how to create, plan and implement interventions specific to healthy and injured people.
This course is part of the Basics line. Pathology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the study of disease processes, using macroscopic and microscopic methods (autopsy, resp. inspection by microscope of tissue samples). As a subject in the ESP curriculum, Pathology can be described as ‘the science of disease’. This module is about general disease processes. During the second year Pathology will continue with description of diseases of some specific organ systems such as heart and lungs. These courses will serve the student in his or her professional role as a healthcare worker and directly relates to all the skills courses and clinical reasoning.
This Basics course is the first course of physiology in which the concepts of cells, metabolism and muscle physiology will be discussed. This course serves the student in his professional role as a healthcare worker and directly relates to all the skills courses, Physiotherapy Assessment, Interventions and Clinimetrics.
Study and Career Planning 1
Study and career planning as part of the Professional line will start during introduction week with the formation of groups and an introduction to the ESP programme and the background of all students. Group meetings as well as individual meetings with your mentor will serve to reflect on and develop your personal study skills. Furthermore it will help familiarise you with the ESP organisation and its aims and goals. This on-going guidance by a mentor serves the student in his or her personal and professional development in all competency roles.