Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 4

Unit code: HBO1004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders
HBO1001 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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; and
  3. Elaborate upon common musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb and relate them to osteopathic principles and list appropriate management strategies.


For Melbourne campuses

Within the workshop environment, students will work collaboratively in small groups to explore a clinical case scenario relating to the lower limb and analyse the related anatomy and biomechanics. Following this formative in-class activity, students are assessed individually on the key elements of this case and the related musculoskeletal conditions in a worksheet. The multi-station practical examination requires students to identify and elaborate upon the anatomical structures of the lower limb. The full scope of the HBO1004 curriculum will be examined within the theory paper, which is scaffolded by formative quizzes throughout the unit.

Assessment type: Workshop
Grade: 15%
Case Based Learning Worksheet - lower extremity common musculoskeletal complaint. (800 words)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Multi-station practical examination (45mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 45%
Theory Paper (60mins)

Required reading

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

Clinically oriented anatomy.
Moore, K. L., & Dalley, A. F. & Agur, A.M.R, (2018)| 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. (2019)| Mosby Elsevier

As part of a course

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