Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Kinesiology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Physiotherapy

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces students to the study of movement and includes the analysis of human movement. It is a general introduction into the relationship between human movement and exercise prescription and therapy. The study-unit is a mix of theory driven lectures and focused practical sessions that allow the student to grasp a fundamental identifying principle of physiotherapy - physics, movement and exercise on land and in water.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to prepare the student for the foundations of movement science and exercise therapy, which are pillars of physiotherapy. It contains a mix of theoretical and practical sessions that allow the novice student to grasp the principles of movement and exercise progressively over one year with a view to direct application to safe physiotherapy practice. Assessment via written examination, and especially with practical, will ensure fair evaluation of basic competences required.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe the basic principles of handling and use of exercise therapy equipment and mobility aids;
- Explain the principles of learning in exercise demonstration and instruction;
- Explain the physical principles underlying aquatic therapy;
- Explain the physical principles underlying normal movement in the human body;
- Analyse the importance of effectiveness and patient safety in movement therapies;
- Compare the fundamental differences between muscle strength, muscle power, stamina and fitness;
- Describe the effects of relaxation on movement changes.

2. Skills

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Apply mechanical principles to the human body, its structures and movements, activities of daily living, methods of treatment used in physiotherapy;
- Analyse the muscle control and limiting factors involved in static and dynamic postural attitudes, in terms of defined movement terminology;
- Measure and record normal ranges of joint movement;
- Apply physiological principles underlying normal muscle function to the measurement and recording of muscle power, relating it to functional levels;
- Design a progressive exercise programme to improve range and muscle power;
- Plan and conduct a group exercise session for targeted patients;
- Analyse gait and other functional movements;
- Select appropriate mobility aids and teach their safe management;
- Apply physical principles and basic human mechanics to the choice of a wheelchair, relating these to correct management and self care through teaching;
- Verbally differentiate between progressive exercise programmes in the treatment of different movement problems;
- Formulate and conduct a progressive exercise regimen using aquatic therapy.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:


- Everett, T and Kell, C (eds) (2010) Human Movement – an introductory text. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
- Jones, K. and Barker, K. (1996) Human Movement Explained. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.
- Nordin, M. and Frankel V. (2012) Basic biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. 4th Ed. Baltimore: Lippincott.


- Glynn, A and Fiddler, H (2009) The Physiotherapist’s Pocket Guide to Exercise. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
- Kirtley, C. (2006) Clinical gait analysis. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
- Mandelstam, M. (2002) Manual Handling in Health and Social Care: An A-Z of Law and Practice.
- Rothstein, J.M., Roy, S.H. & Wolf, S.L. (1998) The rehabilitation specialist's handbook. 2nd Ed. F.A. Davis Co.
- Hollis M. (1989) Practical Exercise Therapy. London: Blackwell.
- Kenyon K. and Kenyon J. (2009) The Physiotherapist's Pocketbook: essential facts at your fingertips. London: Elsevier.
- Lippert, L (2011) Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
- Levangie, K and C Norkin, C (2011) Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 30%
Practical SEM2 Yes 60%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 10%
Important - Due to the COVID19 Pandemic the information regarding the method of assessment indicated above may have been changed. Further details have been provided by your F/I/C/S.

LECTURER/S Claudette Gauci
Victor Grixti
Stephen Lungaro Mifsud

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