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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Clinical Reasoning in Practice
Module Code SS320
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Aoife Burke
Semester 2: Aoife Burke
Autumn: Aoife Burke
Module TeachersAoife Burke
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module involves placing the student with a team and also in the Student Led Clinic. In addition, the student will take part in Journal Club. The module aims to teach the student 1. How to carry out a complete patient assessment (subjective and objective) in a timely manner with evidence-based clinical reasoning strategies, 2. How to prepare, deliver (in a concise and coherent manner) and discuss case presentations immediately after the patient consultation, 3. How to plan and progress sport-specific injury treatments and rehabilitation, 4. How to maintain and organise clinical notes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Perform a full clinical assessment of an injured patient in a timely manner
2. Perform and discuss an oral presentation of a clinical case, demonstrating a good ability to clinically reason through potential diagnoses and injury management plans
3. Perform an individual journal club presentation based on a research article of interest, and critique the journal club articles of peers to inform class discussions around evidence based practice following journal club presentations
4. Act as the lead student Athletic Therapist for his/her designated team, communicating effectively between athletes, management and year 2 ATT students
5. Produce documentation and clinical notes to the appropriate standard required in clinical practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars12Journal Club
Professional Practice36Team Placement
Clinical laboratory24Student Led Clinic
Independent Study53No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Student Led Clinic
Attend, learn and engage in weekly assigned Student Led Clinic. Support fellow students from year 2 in the learning process.

Team Placement
Attend and lead assigned team placements and collaborate with fellow students from year 2 of the programme. Complete all required documentation.

Journal Club
Select a research article of interest to critically appraise and present. Read and critique the articles of fellow classmates and engage in class discussions around evidence based practices.

Consultation Skills
Lead a full subjective and objective major clinical assessment independently. Provide evidence based rationale for differential diagnoses discussions, including the clinical reasoning or an injury management care plan.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationClinical exam based on a major case and also a viva element based on clinical scenarios, that are different from the major case material50%n/a
Report(s)Duty and injury documentation completed at team placements20%n/a
ParticipationStudent Led Clinic attendance and performance, assessed by tutor with no formal exam20%n/a
ParticipationPerform journal club presentation. Attend, read and engage with class discussions of peer presentations10%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Chad Starkey, Jeffrey L. Ryan: 2002, Evaluation of orthopedic and athletic injuries, F.A. Davis Co., Philadelphia, PA, 978-0-8036-0791-0
  • Peter Brukner and Karim Khan: 2002, Clinical sports medicine, 2nd, 0-074-71108-3
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
Date of Last Revision16-JUL-09

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