Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to give the student an understanding of the physiotherapy profession, its history and development and the importance of evidence based physiotherapy

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to have gained an understanding of the concepts of physiotherapy, as well as terminology, classification and documentation. The course focuses on professional development, ethics and the history of physiotherapy.

Course contents

Description of the physiotherapy profession, its historical development and the ethical principles.
Basic concepts, and an understanding of a human being and her health.
The process of physiotherapy and documentation
The process of research, the concept of evidence, and the ability to read and use research reports

Prerequisites and co-requisites

no prerequisites

Additional information

Leading hydrobics
Visiting a physiotherapy placement

Recommended or required reading

Broberg, C 1997. Sjukgymnastik och klassifikation. Rapport från ett projekt och förslag till terminologi för sjukgymnastik. Nordisk Bokindustri, ISBN 91-972710-1-2
Talvitie,U.,Karppi S-L.& Mansikkamäki T. 2006. Fysioterapia.Edita Prima Oy.Helsinki ISbN 951-37-4367-5
Socialstyrelsen, 2003 Klassifikation av funktionstillstånd, funktionshidner och hälsa, ISBN 91-7201-755-4Holmström, E. Johansson, B Reference:
Lundbladh, K: (red) 1993. Sjukgymnastik i historisk belysning. Lund: studentlitteratur
Talvitie, U. 1991. Lääkintävoimistelijan työn kehitysvaiheita: Fysioterapian kohteen ja menetelmien muuttuminen ja koulutuksen kehittyminen 1900-luvulla Suomessa. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto. Terveystieteenlaitos ISBN 951-37-2761-0.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 36 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 8 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 8 hours
  • Practical exercises - 14 hours
  • Individual studies - 61 hours
  • Seminars - 6 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Report from observation task and presentation
Planning and having aqua gym for a group


  • Anne Kokko
  • Jeglinsky-Kankainen Ira
  • Sievers Hannele


Kokko Anne

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

1. perioden

Assessment methods

  • 2013-10-25 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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