Challenges in Musculoskeletal Health

2019-2020

Course Objective

In this course students will gain knowledge on musculoskeletal health
challenges and will be trained in applying this knowledge in performing
clinically experimental research within the domain of musculoskeletal
physiotherapy and health.

Aims
• To gain knowledge and understanding of current insights in
pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis and management related to
musculoskeletal health
• To gain knowledge of clinical experimental research in the
musculoskeletal health domain
• To apply the knowledge gained in the musculoskeletal domain in setting
up clinical experimental research
• To be able to communicate about pathophysiology, diagnostics,
prognosis, and therapeutic findings of scientific research

Course Content

In this course students will gain knowledge on musculoskeletal health
challenges and will be trained in applying this knowledge in performing
clinical experimental research within the domain of musculoskeletal
physiotherapy and health. Well-known researchers will present a variety
of topics in the field of musculoskeletal health and will share new
insights and challenging ideas. Key publications on these challenging
new ideas will be used for a practical session, after each lecture. In
small groups the students will work on how to set up a new research
question based on what they have learned. Furthermore, they have to
describe which design and methodology they will choose to answer their
own research question and in addition describe all steps in patient
selection, methodology, data analysis as well as the statistical
analysis. After this “virtual experiment” the group will present the
results and the choices made will be discussed.
Besides these practical’s per lecture, each group (max 4 students) will
receive an assignment at the beginning of the course, for self-study. In
this assignment a major health problem within the musculoskeletal health
domain is described and the student group will be challenged to
a. Study literature on this topic,
b. Formulate a research question,
c. Choose a design
d. Set up methodology to answer their research question (including power
calculation)
e. Perform measurements on the group members (also other groups),
f. Perform data analysis
g. Apply statistics analysis
h. Report the findings
i. Discuss the results,
all above to be documented in a written article for a final grade per
group.

Teaching Methods

The course will consist of lectures and practicals.

Method of Assessment

Examination will be based on the results of a written article on the
performed study (65%) and a knowledge exam (35%).

Conditional requirements
Students need to follow guidelines presented in the assignment and the
minimal requirements of the article, see criteria list below and as
posted on Canvas.

The student is entitled to one feedback moment on the article by
one reviewer. Students will pass the course if they score a 5.5 or
higher for both the written article and the knowledge exam. Failing the
course entitles the student to one re-examination of the knowledge exam
and/or rewriting the article.

Entry Requirements

The course is open for students of the master's programme
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences

Literature

For this course, a variety of topics will be presented and discussed by
well-known researchers in the Musculoskeletal Health. These speakers
will offer leading papers on each topic, which will be used for
assignments after their presentation. Links to these papers will be
posted on Canvas. These papers, as well as the hand-outs of the lectures
will be used for the knowledge exam.

Explanation Canvas

On Canvas will be published:
- Hand out of each lecture
- Used publication for the practical
- Criteria list of the report and rubrics

General Information

Course Code B_MUSHEA
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. A.L. Goudzwaard
Examiner dr. A.L. Goudzwaard
Teaching Staff dr. A.L. Pool-Goudzwaard

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture, Practical