This unit, Biomedical Sciences for Osteopathy 2, introduces students to anatomical and biomechanical principles relevant to osteopathy. Students will apply theoretical concepts of biomedical sciences to the upper limb and review common musculoskeletal conditions presenting in osteopathic practice.

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HBO1001 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and discuss the detailed anatomy of the upper limb;  
  2. Illustrate basic biomechanics principles and their application to the upper extremity;  
  3. Discuss common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb, relate them to osteopathic principles.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Workshop Case Based Learning Worksheet - Upper extremity common musculoskeletal condition 15%
Practicum Anatomy Practical Demonstration: VIVA 40%
Test Theory Paper 45%

Required reading

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

Clinically oriented anatomy 8th ed.
Moore, K. L., & Dalley, A. F. & Agur, A.M.R., (2018)
Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer

. McMinn & Abrahams' clinical atlas of human anatomy 8th ed.
Abrahams, P. H., Spratt, J. D., Loukas, M., Van Schoor, A.-N., Hutchings, R. T., & McMinn, R. M. H. (2019)
[St. Louis, MO]?; [London]: Mosby Elsevier

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