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Supporting Sensory Functions (5 cr)

Code: G8362-3004

General information


29.11.2021 - 05.12.2021


11.01.2022 - 23.03.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

RDI proportion

2 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching


Laurea Otaniemi


Laurea Otaniemi

Teaching languages

  • English


20 - 70

Degree programmes

  • Fysioterapeuttikoulutus (SFG2), Laurea Otaniemi (Finnish)


  • Joni Heikkilä
  • Kati Nykänen
  • Pauliina Louhiala-Hänninen
  • Irma Karhu
  • Tapani Risto

Teacher in charge

Kati Nykänen


  • SFG220SN
    Fysioterapeuttikoulutus, päivätoteutus, S20, Otaniemi


The student is able to:
- describe the impact of disorders or defects in sensory functions on the client’s functional ability and mobility
- apply their expertise in physiotherapy and improve the client’s functioning functional ability and mobility taking into account the disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems and the client’s resources
- evaluate the client’s functional capacity and changes to this as well as the effectiveness of physiotherapy

Teaching methods

In this course student will learn the basics of neurophysiology and physiotherapy of the most common neurological conditions. Study includes contact meetings, independent studying and working with own client under teachers supervision. The course includes workshops, where is 100% attendance.


Learning materials and recommended literature

*Carr J & Shepherd R. 2010. Neurological Rehabilitation – Optimizing Motor Performance. 2nd edition. Churchill Livingstone.

*Fysioterapeuttiliiton Fysioterapiasuositukset: Parkinson potilaan fysioterapia

*Jehkonen, M., Saunamäki, T., Paavola, L. & Vilkki, J. (toim.). 2015. Kliininen neuropsykologia. Duodecim.
Havaintotoiminnot ja tarkkaavuuden häiriöt ss. 58-71 (ei neuropsyk. testit)
Toiminnanohjauksen häiriöt ss. 73-85 (ei neuropsyk. testit)
Näköön liittyvät toiminnot ja näköhavainnon häiriöt ss. 104-127 (ei neuropsyk. testit)
Ääni- ja puhetoiminnot sekä kielelliset häiriöt ss. 128-137 ja 142-143 (Afasiasta toipuminen)
Muistitoiminnot ja niiden häiriöt ss. 86-103 (ei neuropsyk. testit)
Tahdonalaisten liikkeiden häiriöt eli apraksiat ss. 152-166
Tunne-elämän ja käyttäytymisen säätelyn muutokset ss. 167-178

*Kauranen K. 2021. Fysioterapeutin käsikirja. SanomaPro. Helsinki.

*Käypä Hoito –suositus: Aivoinfarkti ja TIA
*Käypä Hoito –suositus: Aivovammat
*Käypä Hoito –suositus: MS–tauti
*Käypä Hoito –suositus : Parkinsonin tauti
*Käypä Hoito –suositus : Selkäydinvamma
*Käypä Hoito -suositus: Muistisairaudet

*Shumway-Cook A, & Woollacott MH. 2016. Motor control. Translating research into clinical practice. 4th edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins op.
*Soinila S, Kaste M, Somer H (toim.). 2006. Neurologia. 2nd edition. Duodecim. Gummerus Kirjapaino Oy. Jyväskylä.

Co-operation with working life and/or RDI

There are co-operation with the Health services in Espoo when students have their own patients in a course.

Important dates

Orientation to the course is 11th of January 2022 at 9am in Zoom:

Own clients on Wednesdays from the 2nd of February to the 16th of March 2022.

Forms of internationality

Study is suitable for exchange students.

Students workload

Studies includes attendance in lecturers and workshops in Otaniemi Campus as well as independent studying.

Own clients are seen on Wednesdays between 10:30-12:30 am from the 2nd of February to the 16th of March 2022

5 credit units means total of 135 hours of work for students.

Content and scheduling

Studies are from January to March 2022

Studies include the basics of neurophysiology as well as basics of physiotherapy with patients with:

* Stroke
* Traumatic brain injury
* Multipple Sclerosis
* Parkinsons
* Cerebral Palsy
* Memory deficits (Alzheimer disease, Dementia)
* Spinal Cord Injury
* Motor Neurone Disease

Grading scale


Evaluation methods and criteria

Study includes:

1. Exam (1-5)
2. Physiotherapy report of an own client (1-5)
3. Student attendance in the workshops is also evaluated (passed/failed)

Evaluation criteria, fail (0)

- does not attend to the workshops (100% attendance).
- does not use evidence based practice in his/her client physiotherapy and does not show that in the physiotherapy report.
- does not take into account the safety of his/her own client and himself/herself.
- can not explain and justify his/her answers in the exam.

Evaluation criteria, satisfactory (1-2)

Student is able to use
- essential professional concepts when explaining various work practices and situations
– search for information in different sources
– report of his/her own client
– work under guidance using the skills and methods learned
– interact with customers and/or co-operation partners
– receive guidance
– work in pairs with the own client
– plan the progress of his/her work and use of time under guidance
– work safely and in accordance with the professional code of conduct
– follow the provided instructions and rules

Evaluation criteria, good (3-4)

Student is able to
- use professional concepts in a consistent manner when explaining various work practices and situations
- gather information and use his/her knowledge basis
- report in the agreed manner
- work using the skills and methods learned
– engage in professional interaction with customers and/or co-operation partners and identify their needs
– take part in guidance and utilise it
– engage in goal-oriented work with his/her pair
– plan and manage the progress of his/her work and use of time
– detect safety -related risks
– justify his/her actions in accordance with the professional code of conduct

Evaluation criteria, excellent (5)

Student is able to
– use professional concepts extensively
– compare and choose relevant information
– report and communicate in a professional manner
– work independently, using the skills and methods learned
– take responsibility for interaction with customers and/or co-operation partners and for responding to their needs
– anticipate his/her need for guidance
– promote the team’s work and team spirit (in this course in pairs)
– manage his/her time appropriately, completing the agreed tasks at the required quality level
– work responsibly, applying the skills and methods learned
– plan and evaluate their work, taking safety and/or ethical aspects into consideration