1. Introduction of the subject. Basic concepts of electromagnetic waves.
The relationship between physiotherapy and physical agents.
Physiology of pain and the excitable tissue.
2. Infrared radiation. Lamps and lasers.
3. Infrared lamp (practical)
4. Basic concepts of sound waves. Ultrasound application.
5. Ultrasound generation and properties (practical).Shockwaves.
6. Basic concepts of electrotherapy. Types of currents.
7. Basic concepts of magnetism. Electromagnetism. Transcutaneal electrical stimulation - TENS (practical).
8. Magnetotherapy: Interactions with the human body.
9. Diathermy, capacity and resistance. Diathermy applications.
10. Thermal agents: Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy.
13. Case studies
14. Final Exam. Final course evaluation.
The subject will be continuously assessed through seminars (20%), case studies (20%) and the final exam (60%).
It represents a 20% of the final qualification.
There will be 4 seminars during the course (check the timetable available in February on the course). The professor will give a list of short questions and exercises, which will have to be solved either individually or in groups of 4 people. In the latter, students will discuss the exercises together and work as a team. The written activities must be delivered to the professor at the end of the seminar. The subject of the seminars will be related to the previous lectures and it will last approximately 60 minutes. The professor will support any group of students who ask for it.
The written activities will averaged altogether to obtain the overall score of the seminars. If the student does not attend the seminars, it will result in a zero score for the missed activities. Only the activities handed over will be graded (this marking system encourages the attendance).
The revision of the activities will be done in class once the activity is over. If there is no time for the revision in class the answers will be uploaded to Moodle.
The overall score of the activities held during the seminars (which represents the 20% of the final qualification) will be uploaded before the final exam.
2) CASE STUDIES:
It represents a 20% of the final qualification.
Case studies will be done the days of practical sessions. Students will be divided into 4 groups and will have to answer short questions regarding the case being studied.
The activities in the practical sessions will be averaged altogether to obtain the overall score of case studies. If the student does not attend the practical sessions it will result in a zero score for the missed activities. Only the activities delivered to the professor count to make the average (this marking system encourages the attendance).
The overall score of the activities held during the practical sessions (which represents the 20% of the final qualification) will be uploaded before the final exam.
3) FINAL EXAM:
It represents a 60% of the final qualification.
A minimum score of 5 is required to obtain the weighted average score, which includes the final exam, seminars and case studies. This average will be the overall score of the subject.
If the student scores less than 5 on the final exam, he/ she will not be able to count the continuous assessment (seminars and case studies) as part of their final mark. In this case the student will have to do the Basic Competences Exam (BCE).
The final exam has 40 multiple choice questions about concepts and short solving problems. Each question will have five possible answers, only one of which is correct. A penalty of 20% of its value will be deducted for each wrong question. There is no deduction for unanswered questions.
In this exam the use of non-programmable calculator is permitted. However, no formula sheet will be allowed. The exam will last approximately 90 minutes.
4) BASIC COMPETENCES EXAM:
If the student fails the final exam, he/ she will have the opportunity to undertake the Basic Competences Exam (BCE), which will be held the week after the revision. It will have a similar format of the final exam and a minimum score of 5 is required to pass it.
The scores of the continuous assessment will be cancelled. As it is a Basic Competences Exam, if the student passes it, his/her final score will be computed as 5.
- 3RD YEAR STUDENTS:
If a student failed the subject last course and needs to repeat it, he/she can choose between two possible options to be assessed:
1) Students can try to attend as many seminars and practical sessions as they can. In this case they will be continuously assessed. It means that the overall score of the course will be the weighted average obtained from the seminars, the case studies and the final exam.
2) Students can skip all the seminars and practical sessions and go directly to the final exam. In this case, they will not be continuously assessed, and it means that their overall score of the course will be only the final exam.
Students must choose the most suitable option and communicate their final decision sending an email to the professors.