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 20%
Practicum Anatomy Practical Demonstration: VIVA 50%
Test Theory Paper (online) 30%
Students are required to participate in practical and tutorial sessions with at least 80% attendance except under extenuating circumstances (hurdle requirement), as this is essential knowledge and skills for clinical practice. To be granted a re-sit for the practical anatomy demonstration: viva the student must have submitted each of the unit's marked assessment items and achieved a total unit assessment mark of 45-49.

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
Abrahams, P. H., Spratt, J. D., Loukas, M., Van Schoor, A.-N., Hutchings, R. T., & McMinn, R. M. H. (2013)
[St. Louis, MO]?; [London]?: Mosby Elsevier

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