Fall 2023 - BPK 303 D100

Assessment of Movement and Function (3)

Class Number: 5073

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2023
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 201, BPK 241 and STAT 201 or an equivalent statistics course.



Clinical orthopedic assessment involves measurements of the human body to determine its capability for function and movement. The theoretical background, practical application and assessment for topics including anthropometrics, posture, balance, range of motion, strength, motor and sensory function, coordination and balance, and walking and running gait will be investigated.


In Person

All lectures, laboratories and exams will be conducted in person. However, this is subject to change based on SFU guidelines


Number of weeks

13 weeks


All lectures and laboratories will be conducted synchronously.

Number of weeks

13 weeks

Number of hours of lecture/labs/tutorials per week

2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory

Schedule or list of topics covered in the course

1.       Interpreting Statistical Results

2.       Assessment of Posture

3.       Upper Quadrant Range of Motion

4.       Lower Quadrant Range of Motion

5.       Muscle Strength and Muscle Length Testing

6.       Motor and Sensory Function

7.       Coordination and Balance

8.       Assessment of Function

9.       Physical Performance Tests in Sport

10.   Running Assessment


  1. Identify the presence of normal and abnormal posture, movement and function
  2. Compare client assessment findings with normative data
  3. Select assessment methods that are both valid and reliable
  4. Analyze the peer reviewed literature regarding relevant assessment techniques
  5. Classify components of health and disease using the International Classification of Function (ICF) model
  6. Conduct a structured orthopaedic physical examination
  7. Differentiate between upper and lower motor neuron syndromes
  8. Conduct functional assessments to determine a client’s level of independence
  9. Identify and evaluate the presents of both internal and external risk factors associated with sport-related injury
  10. Interpret assessment results from various subjective and objective outcome measures
  11. Communicate assessment results with clients


  • Laboratory assignments 30%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final exam 40%


Online Laboratories (if necessary)


Students are required to have a partner available to practice the laboratory skills during their scheduled laboratory time.



All required course material will be provided to students in the form of power point presentations and laboratory manuals.


  1. Magee DJ. Orthopedic physical assessment. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders; 2020.
  2. Moore KL, Dalley AF, Agur AM. Clinically oriented anatomy. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2017.
  3. O’Sullivan S, Schmitz TJ, Fulk G. Physical Rehabilitation. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis Company; 2019.
  4. Ferber R & MacDonald S. Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis. Windsor, ON: Human Kinetics; 2014.


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