PTY-10049 - Principles of Measurement
Coordinator: Panagiotis Barlas Room: MAC0.14 Tel: +44 1782 7 34109
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2018/19


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2018/19

This module forms part of the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and BSc (Hons) Rehabilitation Science programmes at Keele University which are innovative, integrated programmes that prepare the graduate for further study or employment in health and social care settings. The module builds on content introduced in Year 1 Semester 2 and introduces the students to the principles of assessment and measurement in practice.

The programmes reflect the shifting emphasis away from increasing the quantity of care towards enhancing the quality of care, moving away from a medical disease model towards a health model based on personal responsibility and prevention of disease.

Graduates of the three year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

To develop the student's knowledge and understanding of the principles of assessment and measurement.
To enable the student to transfer this knowledge and understanding to begin to critically evaluate commonly used measures in health and rehabilitation.
To introduce the student to the concept of evidence in guiding practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

recognise the role of evidence based practice in health and rehabilitation and the contribution of measurement and assessment;: 1,

understand and explain the basic types of data (qualitative, quantitative) and the basic properties of data (normal distribution and levels of measurement);: 1,

identify the properties (validity, reliability, error) of commonly used outcome measures and diagnostic tests in health and rehabilitation;: 1,

manage, begin to analyse and compare data from commonly used measures or tests in health and rehabilitation, taking validity and reliability into consideration;: 1,

demonstrate basic skills in finding and critically reading relevant literature and comment on the quality of both the process and the product of this activity.: 1,

Study hours

30 tutor led hours which may include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and two hours of assessment preparation classes etc.
120 hours of independent study.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 100%
Oral Examination
An oral examination of 20 minutes (to include at the start preparation time) will explore the attributes of a clinical test/outcome measure and their influence on clinical practice. Discussion will also explore issues of outcome tool application in a practical setting, and supporting evidence for the outcome measure under discussion.