Occupational Therapy

Kinesiology and Mechanotherapy

Integrated course, 2.50 ECTS


Course content

The students
• are made familiar with palpation of body structures as a functional diagnostic instrument and apply the method based on the anatomical knowledge acquire
• learn to describe and analyse movements using topographical terms and place them in an interdisciplinary context.
• are able to provide instructions on movement transitions using hands-on techniques.
• experience movement transitions in self-experiments under the aspects of “moving” and “being moved”:
• are made familiar with the significance of physical contact in therapy.
• learn to apply muscle function tests and joint measurements as diagnostic instruments at body function level.
• learn to observe and describe individual movement patterns based on specific criteria.
• experience “normal” patterns of movement and posture of their own body and compare them with those of their fellow students.

Learning outcomes

In this module students are made familiar with the anatomical and physiological fundamentals of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. They learn methods to observe and analyse human movements and describe them using professional terminology.
Cognitive level:
The students
• acquire knowledge of anatomical fundamentals, osteology, arthrology and myology
• acquire knowledge of neuroanatomy
• learn verbal and tactile-kinesthetic instruction of movement transitions.
• acquire knowledge of dealing with feedback for the support of motor learning.
Psychomotor level:
The students
• develop knowledge of osteology based on macerated specimens and detect isolated differences in individual models
• develop knowledge of arthrology based on specimens
• reproduce the course of peripheral nerves on muscle specimens
• apply the method of instruction of motor sequences.
• can observe and analyse human movements and describe them using professional terminology.
Affective level:
The students
• experience themselves in dealing with biological material.
• become aware of ethical aspects when dealing with human specimens.
• reflect on their own experiences with health and sickness.
• experience possibilities to cope with emotionally stressful situations
• experience the effects of “being moved” and “moving” in self-experiments.
• experience themselves in the role of patient and therapist.

Contribution to the acquisition of competences according to FH-MTD-AV Annex 5, 8 and 9: FMK2, FMK6, FMK5, FMK8

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment and written or oral module exam