Fall 2019 - BPK 481 D100

Musculoskeletal Disorders (3)

Class Number: 5241

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 201 and 326.



Considers the prevalence, distribution, risk factors, mechanisms, management and prevention of disorders of muscle, connective tissue, joint, and bone. Covers tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other overuse injuries from work and sport; whiplash-associated disorders; arthritis; osteoporosis; chronic pain; fibromyalgia.


Course runs for 13 weeks.  3 hours of lecture and one 2 hour tutorial per week.
The following is a rough guide to the topics covered each week in lecture:

Week 1 Lecture: Introduction, Course Schedule, Ergonomics Certificate, History of Work, Assembly Line, Human’s vs Machines
Lecture: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Aid to Dx, Signs & Symptoms, Risk factors, Increased rate of MSD
Tutorial: Introduce Risk Analysis Report (RAR) RAR Prep & RAR Order Active Voice, Humans vs. Machines
Week 2 Lecture: Task Description, WCB, What happens when injured at work? Corporate Culture
Lecture: Injuries & Healing, Granulation Tissue
Tutorial: Job Description, Task Description
Week 3 Lecture: Assessing Risk Factors, Risk Assessment, Worksite Analysis, Scientific Studies at work (CTS). 
Lecture: QUIZ 1 (5%)
Tissues, Tendon, Ligaments, Muscle, Nerves, Bone, Synovial Joints, Cartilage, Arthritis, Overuse Tendinitis & Rehab
Tutorial: Practice Activity in Tutorial:
Week 4 Lecture: RULA & REBA
Lecture: Hand, Hand risk factors, hand disorders, CTS, double crush, tendinitis, De Quervains, trigger finger, ganglion, hand tools
Tutorial: RAR Topic Due RULA/REBA
Week 5 Lecture: 5 Steps for Overuse Injury, Cycle of Injury, Pain/Spasm Cycle 
Lecture: Elbow/Arm, Lateral Epicondylitis, Radial Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel, Ulnar Tunnel, Cyclists Palsy
Tutorial: Case Study 1 (5%)
Week 6 Lecture: Pain 
Lecture: QUIZ 2 (5%)
Tutorial: RAR Job Description, Informed Consent & First Paragraph of Methods (3%)
Week 7 Lecture: Gate Control Theory of Pain, Medicalization of Distress 
Lecture: Low Back 
Tutorial: Case Study 2 (5%)
Week 8 Lecture: Battie & Bigos Study, Oswestry Low Back, Stu McGill 
Lecture: Cervical Spine, WAD Classification
Tutorial: RAR Task Analysis Due (12%)
Week 9 Lecture: QUIZ 3 (5%) Neck, Disability Index (NDI), Driving posture 
Lecture: Cervical Spine (cont.) 
Week 10 Lecture: Manual Material Handling (MMH),MMH System, MMH Solutions, Snook & Mital Tables, Threshold Limit Values (TLV)
Lecture: Medications 
Tutorial: Case Study 3 (5%)
MMH Activity, NIOSH Lifting Equation
Week 11 Lecture: Ergonomics at Work, Seating 
Lecture: Modalities 
Tutorial: Risk Analysis Report Final Report Due (15%) 
Activity: Ergonomics/Seating
Week 12 Lecture: Computer Use/Seating 
Lecture: QUIZ 4 (5%)
Final Exam Review 
Tutorial: Case Study Course Review
Week 13  
Tutorial: Case Study 4 (5%)


Considers the prevalence, distribution, risk factors, mechanisms, management and prevention of disorders of muscle, connective tissue, joint, and bone. Focuses on work rather than sport.


  • Quizzes (4 @ 5% each) 20%
  • Tutorial Activities (4 @ 5% each) 20%
  • Workplace Risk Analysis Report 30%
  • Lecture Final 30%


No required textbook at this time.  All required course material will be posted on Canvas.


In order to do well in the course attendance is expected for lectures and tutorials.



There are no additional course fees.


There will be assigned readings from Canvas throughout the semester.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Missed Exam:

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Students must check the examination schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

BPK Grading Policy

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Registrar Notes:

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