This unit, 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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Worksheet 25%
Case Study Case Study: Key Topic group work 45%
Test Theory Paper: (online) 30%
Students are expected to participate in workshop sessions with at least 80% attendance as part of accreditation requirements.

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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