Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Rehabilitation Science

Module titleRehabilitation Science
Module codeCSC3021
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Professor Sarah Dean (Convenor)

Professor Vicki Goodwin (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Rehabilitation is the process by which someone with a disability, injury or illness is ‘helped to acquire knowledge and skills in order to maximise physical, psychological and social function’ (Barnes & Ward, 2000). The module will focus on modern rehabilitation practice which emphasises a client or patient centred approach and recognises the importance of involving family, relatives, caregivers and friends.

The module is delivered by experts from the discipline of rehabilitation who conduct research in a variety of clinical contexts and patient groups, from those with acute sports injuries through to the management of long term conditions. The module is part of the Sports and Exercise Medical Sciences pathway and also optional for Medical Sciences, those on intercalated programme, Sport and Health Sciences, Psychology, Biosciences and Human Sciences.

Module aims - intentions of the module

You will be introduced to five core themes of modern clinical rehabilitation practice: the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a rehabilitation framework; interprofessional rehabilitation team working; rehabilitation processes (such as goal setting); rehabilitation outcome measurement; and person-centred rehabilitation. You will study how these themes can be applied across a number of different health conditions and contexts. By critically evaluating how rehabilitation processes and practices operate to maximise a person’s functional ability and minimise their disability you will develop an integrated way of thinking about the management of disability, health and wellbeing in the modern healthcare environment.

Some of the key graduate attributes that students will develop by completing this module are:
1) Critical thinking skills and ability to critically appraise rehabilitation research evidence
2) Research dissemination and knowledge transfer skills

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate an integrated understanding of rehabilitation as applied to medicine and healthcare.
  • 2. Review key rehabilitation theory, processes and outcomes.
  • 3. Discuss the application of rehabilitation principles to the management of specific long term conditions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Critically evaluate the management of disability, health and wellbeing using a rehabilitation perspective
  • 5. Critically appraise scientific research papers in clinical rehabilitation.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Study autonomously, manage private study, soliciting and using feedback.
  • 7. Demonstrate professional competence in verbal and written communication using scientific and plain English summaries.
  • 8. Interact effectively with others and contribute to scientific discussions.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The syllabus is based on Dean et al 2012 and whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows.
Lectures will cover:
Defining rehabilitation and what we mean by rehabilitation in health care settings
Rehabilitation models and frameworks including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) (The World Health Organisation model).
Interprofessional and team working in rehabilitation
Rehabilitation processes including assessment; goal setting; designing, evaluating and implementing complex interventions; adherence to exercise based rehabilitation
Outcome Measurement in Rehabilitation including psychometrics and patient reported outcome measures (PROMS)
Person-centred rehabilitation including the lived experience of acquired disability and rehabilitation as a personal journey
Seminar / Practical Sessions will cover:
Using the ICF in the rehabilitation cycle
Measuring function and participation
Team building exercises
Goal setting
Measuring adherence and patient outcomes
Using the ICF to map interprofessional working
Meeting the people at the centre of rehabilitation research & practice
Advanced critical appraisal of published rehabilitation research

Throughout the module reference will be made to specific clinical conditions or patient populations including current rehabilitation research being conducted at the University of Exeter; for examples: exercise referral schemes, cardiovascular rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and pelvic floor muscle training.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3015 x 1 hour lecture / interactive talk; 15 x 1 hour seminar / practical session / interactive workshop. These may be face-to-face or ‘live’ remote delivery.
Guided Independent Study60Preparation for scheduled activities. These will be notified by email with remote access support (email) & resources (ELE).
Guided Independent Study60Assessment preparation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practice explaining rehabilitation topic / patient group for presentation and discussing proposed content30 minutes total per student across module delivery period / sessions.1-6Verbal feedback in sessions; email feedback to queries throughout module (shared with group)
Scientific abstract of presentation300 words1-6Email Feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Abstract of presentation as a plain English summary30300 words1-6Written (tutor)
E.Poster. With oral presentation and discussion OR script of presentation with resource sheet & key learning statements. 7010 minute individual presentation and 15 minute discussion OR 2 sides A4 presentation script / one side A4 resources sheet with 3 key learning statements.1-8Written (tutor)


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Abstract of presentation (30%)Abstract of presentation (300 words)1-6Ref/Def
E.Poster. With oral presentation and discussion OR script of presentation with resource sheet & key learning statements. (70%) Oral presentation and discussion OR 2 sides of A4 presentation script / one side A4 resource sheet with 3 key learning statements.1-8Ref/Def

Re-assessment notes

Please refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral:


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading: Dean, S.G., Siegert, R.J., Taylor, W.J. (eds) (2012) Interprofessional Rehabilitation a person-centred approach. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Students will be expected to read and critically appraise landmark and original papers in journals such as The New England, Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, British Medical Journal and relevant specialist journals such as Archives Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, Disability & Rehabilitation.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web based and electronic resources will be available

Module has an active ELE page

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Rehabilitation Science

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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