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A34807 Theoretical Foundations of Rehabilitation
(Last Updated:01 September 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students: 
  LBR Module

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module provides an overview of concepts central to all forms of rehabilitation. Students will be introduced to an understanding of disability from different perspectives: models of disability, the biopsychosocial model and the WHO conceptual framework. Links between theory, research and practice in rehabilitation will be considered. The module will cover research issues in rehabilitation research, focusing particularly on complex interventions, evaluating interventions and measuring outcome. The module will also discuss how research evidence informs approaches to rehabilitation. Examples of rehabilitation in practice in different conditions from psychological and multidisciplinary perspectives will be included. The module will consider the spectrum of rehabilitation, reviewing the broad range of health and social contexts in which rehabilitation occurs.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week6 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Eight weekly lectures and directed reading.

Method of Assessment: 

Assignment 100 Written Assignment 

Convenor: 
Dr K Radford

Education Aims:  To compare and evaluate a sample of alternative theories which underpin research and practice, which are often 'hidden'.

Learning Outcomes:  

Knowledge and understanding:


1. The theoretical basis of rehabilitation psychology.

2. Scientific evidence and methods relevant to rehabilitation.

3. The management mood and behaviour problems in rehabilitation settings.

4. Understanding of practical issues in the design of interventions.

5. The processes in making rehabilitation practice evidence based.

Intellectual Skills:


1. Analyse and interpret evidence.

2. Display the skills of problem-solving and reasoning.

3. Demonstrate independence of thought.

4. Appraise critically and evaluate the findings of rehabilitation research.

5. Critically evaluate alternative methods of assessment and treatment in rehabilitation practice.

6. Problem-solve in relation to psychological, social and contextual issues in rehabilitation.

Professional practical skills


1. Written communication and presentation.

2. Time management.

3. Ability to design and evaluate intervention programmes in rehabilitation based on research evidence.

Transferable Skills:


1. Communicate effectively in writing.

2. Search and retrieve information from databases and the Internet.

3. Ability to critically evaluate research literature.

4. Ability to integrate information from diverse sources and show breadth of vision.

5. Problem solve in rehabilitation psychology.

Offering School:  Medicine


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