PHTY41030 Spinal Studies

Academic Year 2021/2022

This is a 15-credit clinical module (Professional Certificate) delivered over two trimesters, that aims to educate healthcare professionals on the science of the vertebral column. It addresses the fundamentals of common pathologies and recent developments in treatment. Students will develop their knowledge base of functional anatomy and spinal pathology to allow them to recognise clinical patterns for diagnosis, treatment and delegation/referral

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of spinal functional anatomy
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of spinal pathology and clinical presentations
3. Take a focussed spinal subjective history and perform a complete clinical examination
4. Understand the degenerative process and patients needs along this spectrum
6. Be familiar with various surgical strategies for spinal pathology
7. Create a problem list and treatment plan from a spinal patient presentation
8. Consider alternative evidence based diagnoses and treatments

Indicative Module Content:

Core subjects include: 1) function and anatomy; 2) degeneration and the Spine; 3) spinal deformity; 4) spinal trauma and 5) spinal tumours and infections, 6) sport and the spine; 7) occupational health and the spine and 9) medical conditions affecting the spine. Special topics of interest also include: Pain Mechanisms, Spinal Manipulations, Core Stability, Stratified Care, Imaging Modalities

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching and Learning approaches include:
- Lectures (face to face and on-line)
- Group work
- Case based learning
- Student presentations
- Reflective learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Complex Spinal Patient _ 10 minute presentation
Recorded and submitted
Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Written assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: 1 hour - 30 questions MCQ assessment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Gráinne O'Donoghue Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
2 Trimester (Sep-May)
Practical Offering 50 Week(s) - 1, 5, 11, 13 Fri 09:00 - 15:50
Practical Offering 50 Week(s) - 1, 5, 11, 13 Sat 09:00 - 15:50
2 Trimester (Sep-May)