OPTM20 Assessment Techniques

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Level: 6
Credits: 10

Directed Learning hours: 50
Workplace or Practical Learning hours: 15
Self Directed Learning hours: 35
Total Learning Hours: 100


This course aims to provide students with a range of assessment techniques they can use to assess the condition of their client so that they can provide safe, effective and focussed treatment



Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an effective subjective assessment process
  2. Demonstrate effective use of range of motion analysis
  3. Demonstrate effective use of postural analysis
  4. Demonstrate effective use of gait analysis
  5. Demonstrate an effective clinical reasoning process based on information which has been gained through assessment of the client’s medical profile, subjective assessment, observation, objective assessment and palpation.
  6. Demonstrate effective recording of assessment data.


  • Subjective assessment
  • Range of motion analysis
  • Postural analysis
  • Gait analysis
  • Record keeping
  • Clinical reasoning


The following strategies may be used: • Demonstration of practical skills • Supervised clinical assessment • Practical testing • Video/DVD or Voice Recording of Role Plays and/or work with clients

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend 90% of practical classes. If in the opinion of the programme manager students have a valid reason for non-attendance, their total attendance may be permitted to drop to a minimum of 80%. Non-participation in these classes is treated as non-attendance.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.

Student Reading List

Required Reading Resources:

  • The course coordinator may specify required resources.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • Goodyer, P. (2001). Techniques in musculoskeletal rehabilitation: companion handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Kendall, F., McCreary, E., Provance, P., Rodgers, M., & Romani, W. (2005). Muscles testing and function with posture and pain (5th edition). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources.