Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 5 expands the students' knowledge of biomedical sciences through application of fundamental principles to the head and spine. Patients presenting in osteopathic practice tend to seek care for spine related pain and dysfunction, so a key focus in this unit is the anatomy and biomechanics of the head, neck and lumbar spine that can be related to osteopathic treatment principles. Students are able to strengthen their knowledge of  the clinical presentation of common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the head, neck and lower back.

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HBO1003 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 3

HBO1004 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 4

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Map the anatomy, histology and embryology of the head, cervical and lumbar spine;  
  2. Integrate biomechanical principles to spinal movements and to the temporomandibular joint; and  
  3. Discuss common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the head, cervical and lumbar spine.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Common Conditions Presentation 20%
Practicum Multi Station Practical Examination (1hr) 40%
Test Theory test: Session 3 (computer based) 10%
Test Theory test: Session 6 (computer based) 15%
Test Theory test: Session 9 (computer based) 15%
The computer based tests will be held in class during the third, sixth and ninth workshop. They will consist of multiple choice questions. The Common Conditions Presentation is due in week 4. The Multi Station Practical Examination will be held in the anatomy laboratory in week 4. The classes in this unit are interactive and students are able to seek feedback from the teachers on meeting the learning outcomes and planning for assessment tasks.

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. (2018)
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer

Human Anatomy and Physiology 11th ed.
Marieb, E. N & Hoehn, K (2018)
USA: Pearson Higher Ed

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

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