AP0544 - Musculoskeletal System

What will I learn on this module?

This module is an interdisciplinary study of the anatomical, histological, physiological and pharmacological principles of this organ system. The overall goal of this module is to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for understanding the normal gross anatomical and microscopic structures as well as the development and functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Case studies, practical laboratory sessions and small group discussions are an integral component throughout the entire module. The module also exposes you to cadaveric prosections and ultrasound simulation sessions with standardized patients to aide in their understanding of key anatomical concepts and allows them to apply this knowledge to a clinical setting.

How will I learn on this module?

St. George’s University actively promotes technology-enhanced learning through the use of an electronic educational platform (SAKAI), TurningPoint interactive audience response software (clickers), and the ExamSoft testing platform. You will aquire knowledge and understanding through didactic lectures, small group discussions, and independent study via video presentations. Practical lab sessions involving Gross Anatomy, Ultrasound, Imaging, and Physical Examination on Standardized Patient Exams are integral forms of relating acquired basic science knowledge into a clinical scenario. You will participate in weekly interactive multiple choice question (iMCQ) sessions involving the presentation of higher-order questions relevant to medical licensing exams. These sessions allow for peer discussion and faculty-guided review enabling you to improve critical thinking and test-taking skills. Formative feedback is provided through practice quizzes hosted on the electronic educational platform, weekly iMCQ sessions and via in-class clicker questions during each lecture. You will be provided with formative feedback on your professionalism, communication and skills proficiency during small-group activities (e.g. small-group discussions, labs and physical exam sessions). All relevant information including the module syllabus, timetable, course and lecture documents, reading lists, faculty contact details and assessment details will be posted on SAKAI.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Faculty provides support during office hours and via email to clarify concepts and/or direct you to relevant resources. All teaching and assessment material, including web-based practice problems and quizzes, case reports and other supportive material, is posted on the electronic course management site (SAKAI) and announcements regarding any changes in scheduled delivery will be posted on the module site and emailed to all students. Detailed objectives, practice problems, open ended question and answer sets, web based practice quizzes, and other supportive material will be posted to the course management site to help guide you through the module. The discussion forum folder on SAKAI is a powerful tool of the course where you may post your questions regarding administrative as well as academic issues and will be encouraged to take part in the discussion. This is facilitated by faculty members. Junior clinical faculty members provide guidance and learning support during case discussions, worksheets, imaging and clinical practical skills within small group and practical lab sessions. You will also be assigned faculty advisors to provide academic and personal support.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Identify the gross anatomical and microscopic structures of the musculoskeletal system.
2. Understand the development and normal physiological functions of the musculoskeletal system.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in both theoretical knowledge and clinical skills related to functioning and assessment of the musculoskeletal system.
4. Apply didactic acquired knowledge to clinically based hands-on exercises.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:
5. Develop professional behaviors and demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal team building skills during small group practical sessions and interactive clinical settings.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is provided through practice questions hosted on the electronic educational platform, weekly iMCQ sessions, discussions in small groups and via in-class clicker questions during each lecture. Professionalism and skills proficiency will be formatively assessed through small-group activities (e.g., small-group discussions, labs and physical examination sessions).

Summative assessment

1. Weekly graded online quizzes (MLO 1, 2)
2. iMCQ sessions (1, 2, 3)
3. Assessments in small groups (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4 5)
4. Final module exam (MLO 1, 2, 3)


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Module abstract

This module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the normal gross anatomical, microscopic structure and function of this organ system with the integration of pathological conditions. It facilitates the development of your professional competencies, including clinical reasoning, basic practical skills used in patient examinations, basic interpretation of modern imaging techniques, and communication and interpersonal skills through small group practical sessions and interactive clinical settings. The concepts learned in this module provide an essential foundation for second year courses, such as Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, national board exams and core clinical clerkships.

Course info

Credits 14

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 Year Programme

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start August or January

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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