This unit, Biomedical Sciences for Osteopathy 4, expands students' knowledge of anatomical and biomechanical principles relevant to osteopathy. Students will apply theoretical concepts of biomedical sciences to the lower limb and review common musculoskeletal conditions presenting in osteopathic practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


HBO1002 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review and discuss the detailed anatomy of the lower limb;  
  2. Illustrate basic biomechanics principles and their application to the lower extremity;  
  3. Elaborate common musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb, relate them to osteopathic principles and list appropriate management strategies.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Workshop Case Based Learning Worksheet - lower extremity common musculoskeletal complaint. 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)
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)
Mosby Elsevier

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.