2023-2024 / NERF0001-1

Problem-based learning - Multidisciplinary approach to the nervous system applied to physiotherapy


6h APP

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physiotherapy and rehabilitation3 crédits 


Stephen Bornheim, Anne Collard, Gaëtan Garraux, Doriane Pelzer, Bernard Rogister, Félix Scholtes

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Problem based learning: a clinical history is analysed using knowledge from previous or simultaneous courses, as well as new knowledge which will be acquired during the problem based learning process, from the structure and function of the involved structures, via their malfunction and the neurological disorder, leading to its physical therapy, the principles of which are based on the understanding of the analysed case.
Please note that this course is not there to acquire knowledge, but to apply it (the "credit" in the curriculum therefore applies to that process, and not the acquisition of the necessary knowledge, expected from the pre- and co-required courses.)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The goal of this teaching unit is to stimulate cognitive processes that go beyond the simple restitution of learned knowledge: application of that knowledge and analysis of a clinical situation leading to a concrete treatment plan.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Pre/corequisite: All courses concerning the normal nervous system and its pathology and physiotherapy. See course programme for the individual courses.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching method
Problem based learning in groups with guidance by teachers.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

On site, in groups.
Depending on the sanitary conditions (COVID-19 pandemic), partially or completely online in virtual classrooms.

Recommended or required readings

Course material from all courses concerning the nervous system (see individual courses).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Integrative questions based on a clinical description : questions can be open or multiple choice. Answering these requires the application of knowledge (that knowledge which has to be obtained through the pre- and co-required courses!!) about the normal and abnormal function of the nervous system, its disorders and diseases, as well as their treatment, particularly physical therapy.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

For this first PBL (problem based learning in small groups) course in the curriculum, a short introduction will be given in the auditorium.


Secrétariat : Jessica THYS Tél. 04/366.51.91 Jessica.Thys@uliege.be  

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