FYB2200 Physiotherapy for Health Conditions - II Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Fysioterapi ved ulike helsetilstander - II
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i fysioterapi
Year of study
Programme description
Course history


Physiotherapy practice requires expertise in how to adapt measures for patients with reduced functioning as a result of injury/disease of the musculoskeletal system, different pain conditions, mental and psychosomatic health problems, rheumatic and degenerative diseases, systemic disease (cancer), as well as for patients who have undergone surgical procedures. To provide professionally sound health services, physiotherapists must obtain information about the health of individuals. Physiotherapists must also have knowledge about possible relations between a person’s health condition, their cultural and socioeconomic background, and their prerequisites for movement, activity and participation.

Physiotherapists must also acquire up-to-date and relevant research-based knowledge and reflect on the transfer value of previous clinical experience to novel clinical practice. When interacting with the patient, the physiotherapist must exercise sensitivity in relation to their mental health status and cultural preferences. The practical training will give the students clinical experience

Required preliminary courses

Passed first year of the programme or equivalent

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence (learning outcomes marked with three asterisks (***) are assessed in connection with the practical training):


The student can

  • describe pathological processes relating to diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, rheumatic diseases, cancer and mental health disorders, and describe causal mechanisms and risk factors
  • describe different perspectives on pain and pain mechanisms, and compare neurological, physiological and phenomenological pain theories
  • describe challenges encountered by individuals who have undergone treatment of cancer or other serious disease or injury


The student can

  • discuss how disease and injuries of the musculoskeletal system and different pain conditions may affect and be affected by movement, activity and participation across the life span
  • evaluate research-based knowledge using the levels in the S-pyramid, interpret the results of single studies and metanalyses reporting on treatment effects, and discuss their value for clinical practice
  • obtain relevant information about the patient’s health condition, personal factors, background and experiences in the dialog during clinical examination***
  • give reasons for the methods of examination and use of standardised assessment tools for people with injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system
  • analyse, interpret and critically assess the results of the clinical examination, set clinical diagnoses, recognise findings and symptoms that may indicate serious disease, and assess the need to refer the patient to other health professionals***
  • discuss and set goals, and plan physiotherapy measures in cooperation with the patient and the practical training supervisor***
  • present clinical reasoning that justifies a physiotherapeutic approach that integrates an understanding of the patient’s situation and preferences, and updated experience- and research-based knowlegde***
  • implement and evaluate treatment of the patient and take responsibility for informing and seeking advice of the supervisor before, during and after treatment***
  • document the clinical examination, clinical reasoning and intervention measures in the patient records***
  • reflect on the challenges experienced by people with long-term and progressive diseases and discuss the implications for their own role as a physiotherapist 

General competence

The student can

  • can reflect on different approaches to address the needs of patients with different cultural and/or socioeconomic background, with complex disorders or negative bodily experiences, and be sensitive in their communication and behaviour
  • reflect on his/her own communication skills during the clinical examination and treatment***
  • discuss a clinical problem demonstrating logical structure, high awareness of methods used, active use of references, correct source referencing, and academic language

Teaching and learning methods

The work and teaching methods include self-study, group work, seminars, skills training, lectures and practical training.

The practical training comprises 90 hours in total, 60 of which are supervised practical training. The remaining 30 hours are set aside to prepare for the practical training.

Course requirements

The following must have been approved in order for the student to receive a final assessment in part 3:

  • a minimum attendance of 80 % in teaching specified as ‘compulsory attendance’ in the schedule
  • an individual subject note, 700 words (+/- 10 %). The coursework will be subject to assessment.


Combined assessment. 

Part 1) Assessment of practical training: The assessment is based on the learning outcomes marked with three asterisks (***) and the continuous assessment that the student is subject to throughout the practical training period. Scope: 60 hours. The student’s practical training can only be assessed if their attendance is sufficiently high (90 %). For more information, please see the general part of the programme description about practical training assessment.

Part 2) Supervised individual written exam, multiple choice questions, 1 hour

Part 3) Individual oral exam, up to 25 minutes.

Part 1, part 2 and part 3 can be taken independently of each other, but the student must pass all parts in order to pass the course.

Weighting: One overall grade is awarded for part 2 and part 3 based on the following weighting: Part 2, individually written exam, is weighted 25 %. Part 3, oral exam, is weighted 75 %.

Resit assessment/exam: If a student fails one part of the exam, the student must retake the part in question. If the student fails part 1 (practical training period), the student must normally retake the whole practical training period.

Students can appeal the grade awarded for part 2, the written exam.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

Part 1: Not relevant.

Parts 2 and 3: No aids are permitted.

Grading scale

Part 1: Pass/fail.

Parts 2 and 3: Grade scale A-F.


Part 1: The midway and final assessments are made by the practical training supervisor, and, if relevant, the contact lecturer. The final decision on whether to award a pass or fail grade is made by the university.

Part 2: An external examiner takes part in preparing the exam questions and assessment criteria. The answers i quality assured by an internal examiner and automatically assessed.

Part 3, oral exam: The oral exam is assessed by two examiners. At least 15 % of the exams will be assessed by an external examiner.

Overlapping courses

15 credits overlap with FYSIO2000 and MENDI2000 and 5 credits overlap with FYSIO2100 and MENDI2100.