Biomedical Sciences for Osteopathy 3, extends students' knowledge of biomedical sciences. Students explore previously learnt concepts of anatomy and physiology, in conjunction with introducing pathology, pharmacology and embryology. This will enable students to develop a more in depth understanding of how these principles relate to osteopathic practice. The complex phenomenon of pain is introduced in this unit, forming a crucial underlying concept for subsequent osteopathy units.

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HBO1001 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Relate basic principles of physiology, pathology and pharmacology to inflammation, pain and tissue injury and repair;  
  2. Map the embryological development of the upper and lower limbs;  
  3. Apply the principles of skeletal muscle physiology to clinical scenarios.  


The individual worksheet aims to consolidate fundamental pathophysiology knowledge presented within the first week of this unit. The case study assessment is conducted in small groups and students synthesise information from the patient scenario in relation to relevant physiology, pathology, and pharmacology and undertake a verbal presentation of the case analysis. The full scope of the HBO1003 curriculum will be assessed by the theory paper, which is scaffolded by formative quizzes throughout the unit.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Worksheet (750 words) 25%
Case Study Group presentation of case analysis (20mins) 30%
Test Theory Paper (60mins) 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. (2018)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Human Anatomy and Physiology 10th ed.
Marieb, E.N. & Hoehn, K. N(2016)
Pearson Publishing

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

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