This unit, Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 1, introduces students to fundamental principles of biomedical sciences relevant to osteopathy. These fundamental principles include anatomical principles, physiology of cells and organ systems, and homeostasis, and will underpin the learning of biomedical sciences applied to the head, trunk and limbs in successive units.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Outline the structure and functions of human cells and tissues;  
  2. Relate basic physiology and osteopathic principles to the organ systems and homeostasis;  
  3. Apply knowledge and understanding of human structure and function of these organ systems to clinical scenarios through laboratory activities, and guided inquiry learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Worksheet 20%
Presentation Individual Presentation - key lab topics 50%
Test Theory Paper (online) 30%
Students are required to participate in practical and tutorial sessions with at least 80% attendance.

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Human Anatomy and Physiology 11th ed.
Marieb, E.N. & Hoehn, K. N. (2018)
Pearson Publishing

Anatomy and Physiology Coloring Workbook 12th ed.
Marieb, E.N., & Brito, S (2017)
Great Britain: Pearson Education Limited

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