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Physiotherapy, assessment, intervention and interaction I 15 credits

Fysioterapi: Bedömning, intervention och interaktion I
First cycle, S0080H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Knowledge of: - the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, the anatomy of the respiration and circulatory organs, muscle physiology, exercise physiology, pain physiology and neurophysiology (equivalent to M0024H/M0080H Medical Science: Anatomy/Physiology I in position to physiotherapy and M0025H/M0077H Medical Science: Anatomy/Physiology II in position to physiotherapy. - scientific method regarding analysis of scientific text and writing of a scientific report (equivalent to S0085H/S0097H Physiotherapy: Physical training and capacity) . - principles, theories and models of motor control and motor learning (equivalent to S0068H/S0083H Physiotherapy: Subject Profession and Movement) . - skills in strength and condition training as well as in healthy working methods concerning physical activity and diet (equivalent to S0085H/S0097H Physiotherapy: Physical training and capacity, S0074H/S0084H Physiotherapy: Health Promoting Practices). - Aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnostics, treatment and prognosis in diseases and injuries at all stages of life (equivalent to M0035H/M0078H Medical Science Pathophysiology I in position to physiotherapy, M0036H/M0079H Medical Science Pathophysiology II in position to physiotherapy).

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should, in a scientific way, based on current laws and regulations as well as with an ethical viewpoint be able to:
  1. Carry out a basic physiotherapeutic examination.
  2. Describe physiotherapeutic methods to examine, assess, treat and document function and physical disabilities for individuals with disabilities of the upper and lower extremities.
  3. Describe and apply relevant evaluation instruments for individuals with disabilities of the upper and lower extremities.
  4. Describe basic measure theoretical concepts and validity for screening and diagnostics
  5. Describe the concept of scientific evidence and make a simple compilation of evidence
  6. Describe the functional anatomy of the body and biomechanics.

The physiotherapeutic process
  • Basic physiotherapeutic treatment
Physiotherapeutic examination including:
  • Medical history
  • Inspection
  • Joint mobility
  • Nerve mobility
  • Muscle function
  • Snalysis of pain
  • Clinical reasoning
Physiotherapeutic methods including examination with specific tests, palpation and neurological screening in order to develop a functional and medical diagnosis for individuals with disabilities of:

  • Shoulder
  • Elbow, wrist and hand
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot
From a physiotherapeutic knowledge perspective review:

  • Reliability and validity
  • Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value
  • Evidence
Functional anatomy and biomechanics in the field of medical science including:
  • The impact of joint configurations for the function of the joint
  • Joint stability
  • Hypo/hyper-mobility
  • Neuromuscular control
  • Neurodynamics
  • Biomechanics
  • Postural control
  • Walking function

In order to complete the course, the student should actively seek knowledge and solve problems using an inquiring and critically reflective approach. This means that the student should take responsibility by actively contributing to the achievement of course objectives through the planning of content and time. The contents of the course are treated through literature studies, group work, lectures, oral and written presentations and seminars. Course requirements are completed study assignments and compulsory attendance and an active participation in discussions at seminars.

Learning outcomes 1-2 are examined through an oral practical individual examination (test 4 and 5).
Learning outcomes 3-5 are examined through written reports and seminars (test 2).
Learning outcome 6 is examined through a written individual examination (test 3).
Criteria for a Pass grade and a Pass with credit are stated in the study guide.

This is a first-cycle course. Study supervision is provided in the course room in Canvas.
A pass in this course is a prerequisite for Work Placement and the thesis.

Transition terms
Replaces S0071H

Katarina Mikaelsson

Transition terms
The course S0080H is equal to S0071H

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Kaltenborn, F (2014). Manual Mobilization of the Joints - The Extremities 8th Edition. Kendall, F (2010). Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010, ISBN: 9781451104318 Norli förlag, Norge,ISBN-10: 8270542016
Neumann D.A. (2016). Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System - Foundations for Rehabilitation, Elsevier Health Sciences, ISBN: 9780323287531
Norrbrink Cecilia (2010) Om smärta Studentlitteratur AB, Sverige ISBN: 9789144056616.
Olsson H. & Sörensen S. (2011) Forskningsprocessen, kvalitativa och kvantitativa perspektiv. Uppl 3. 2011. Stockholm: Liber.
*Petty, N. (ed.) (2017), Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment 5th ed. Churchill-Livingstone Elsevier, London, Storbritannien. ISBN: 9780702067174
Röijezon, U. Motorisk kontroll och inlärning: Med inriktning på muskuloskeletal rehabilitering. Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. ISBN: 9789144074177.

* Is available as an E-book

Scientific articles and other copied material will be added.

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Written reports and seminarsU G#3.00MandatoryA14
0003Written exam functional anatomy and biomechanicsU G VG *6.00MandatoryA14
0004Oral practical individual examinationU G VG *5.50MandatoryA17
0005Examination part 1 and 2U G#0.50MandatoryA17

Syllabus established
by 12 Feb 2014

Last revised
by 04 Nov 2020