Fall 2018 - BPK 481 D200

Musculoskeletal Disorders (3)

Class Number: 9808

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2018
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • 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: Repetitive Strain Injuries, Aid to Dx, Signs & Symptoms, Risk factors, Increased rate of RSI
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 & Muscle, Nerves, Bone, Synovial Joints, Cartilage, Tendons & Ligs, 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: Activity 1 (5%)
Week 6 Lecture: Pain 
Lecture: QUIZ 2 (5%) Shoulder 
Tutorial: RAR Job Description & First Paragraph of Methods (3%)
Week 7 Lecture: Pain, Medicalization of Distress 
Lecture: Low Back 
Tutorial: Activity 2 (5%)
Week 8 Lecture: Battie & Bigos Study, Oswestry Low Back, Stu McGill 
Lecture: Low Back (cont.), Cervical Spine 
Tutorial: RAR Task Analysis Due (12%)
Week 9 Lecture: NDI, Oswestry Neck, WAD Classification, Driving posture 
Lecture: QUIZ 3 (5%) Cervical Spine (cont.) 
Week 10 Lecture: Manual Material Handling (MMH),MMH System, MMH Solutions 
Lecture: Medications 
Tutorial: Activity 3 (5%) MMH Activity
Week 11 Lecture: Ergonomics at Work, Seating 
Lecture: Modalities 
Tutorial: Risk Analysis Report Final Report Due (15%) Activity: How ready are you for the final?
Week 12 Lecture: Computer Use/Seating 
Lecture: QUIZ 4 (5%) Final Exam Review 
Tutorial: Computer Use Activity
Week 13  
Tutorial: Activity 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.

Registrar Notes:

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