UCC CPD courses

Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders CG6006

Course Fact File
Duration3 contact days plus additional online self-directed learning.
Teaching ModePart-Time
Fees€995 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date15th February 2024

Western Gateway Building.

Start DateSemester II - 14th of March 2024


Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders introduces students from a range of different professional backgrounds to the basics of gait and balance control, falls assessment and prevention and Parkinson’s disease. 

This module can be taken as a stand-alone module as it provides a comprehensive overview of gait and balance, falls and movement disorders, with a particular focus on older people. Equally, it can be built upon with other modules from our range of CPD modules, which cover other specific disease rehabilitation areas, or with our clinical placement module, generic rehabilitation module or independent study module.

This is a new and unique course. It is fully interdisciplinary - the specialist lecturers are from a range of disciplines and students learn with and from each other. There is a strong student-centred focus, with flexible timetabling, and blended learning to minimise work disruptions. The course combines lectures, case based learning, workshops and small group discussions.  

In today’s competitive workforce, continuous professional development is a key requirement of ongoing professional competency. CPD training aids career advancement and improves your confidence in treating patients.

In this module, students will gain solid understanding and skills of normal and abnormal gait and balance control, leading on to falls prevention and rehabilitation and movement disorders. Falls prevention is relevant to any healthcare worker that works with older people, be it in an acute or community setting. This module is suitable for established professionals or those just commencing in their career of choice.

Module Content:

Physiology of gait and balance control, including vestibular, central and peripheral mechanisms; Normal ageing and disease effects on gait and balance; Vestibular dysfunction; Balance assessment; Gait and balance retraining; Prevalence, risk factors and outcomes of falls; An approach to the possible syncopal fall; Comprehensive falls assessment and management; Multidisciplinary team working in falls prevention; Motor and non-motor manifestations of Parkinson's disease: assessment and treatment; Evidence-based rehabilitation in Parkinson's disease.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the impact of aging and pathology on normal balance and gait mechanisms.
  • Holistically analyse balance dysfunction (i.e. central, vestibular and peripheral dysfunction).
  • Identify and prioritise risk factors for falls.
  • Outline the evidence for multidisciplinary falls prevention programmes.
  • Formulate appropriate patient oriented goals for motor and non-motor manifestations of Parkinson's disease.
  • Appraise the evidence for contemporary approaches to rehabilitation of movement disorders.

Further details for this module is available on the Postgraduate College Calendar


A ten-credit module equates to 200-250 hours of learning, including approximately 30 hours of structured contact time (3 contact days). These contact days consist of lectures, workshops, group work and directed study. The remainder of the learning is self directed, based on the students own learning goals, such as topics introduced in the lectures that the student can explore in more depth, and background reading for the written assignment.

This module is assessed by a 3000- word written assignment (150 marks) and a student presentation (50 marks). The assignment is submitted a few weeks after the last contact day for the module; the presentation is in-class during one of the contact days.

Class Dates As tabled below:  This module  is going ahead as planned and all the content has been moved on-line.  Any further queries can be directed to Chris McCarthy by e-mail at christopherwalsh@ucc.ie



Delivery will be on 2 consecutive days in April, usually Wed, Thurs and Friday.




28th March 2024

CG6006 Face to Face Contact Day 1



24th April 2024

CG6006 Face to Face Contact Day 2



25th April 2024

CG6006 Face to Face Contact Day 3







Candidates must have:

  • A primary degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent academic qualification and professional experience to be approved by the Programme Team;
  • Ideally candidates should have at least one year's practical experience in their area of qualifications post-registration.
  • Applicants who do not meet the normal academic or experience requirements may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the Programme Team.

*A relevant health care discipline includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology and social studies.

All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of current professional registration

Fees and Costs

Regular Fee:

The fee for this module is €995. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How To Apply


  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.



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