Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 6 expands the students' knowledge of biomedical sciences through application of fundamental principles to the brain, cranial nerves and spinal cord. Patients presenting in osteopathic practice tend to seek care for pain and neurological disturbances, so an understanding of pain processing and neurology is essential.

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HBO1001 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 1 and

HBO1003 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 3

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Outline the gross and microscopic anatomy of the brain, cranial nerves & spinal cord;  
  2. Explain the key physiological mechanisms underpinning the function of the Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System, including relevant pain and pharmacological considerations; and  
  3. Conceptually map the epidemiology, pathoanatomy, pathophysiology, and clinical presentation of common neurological conditions.  


The Test evaluates key concepts of the anatomy of the central nervous system (CNS), providing timely feedback to students at end of week one of the block.?The Group Presentation requires students to work collaboratively to present a common condition affecting the CNS, during class. The Case Study Analysis is an integrated assessment based on a short CNS clinical case vignettes, in which students respond to multiple-format questions ranging from MCQs to short answer. The Multi-Station Lab Exercise assesses students' knowledge of CNS anatomy, function and neurological conditions using specimens, histology slides and models explored in their laboratory classes and workshops.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (online) (40mins) 10%
Presentation Group Presentation (15mins) 20%
Case Study Case study analysis (2 hours) 35%
Exercise Multi-station lab exercise (50mins) 35%

Required reading

Clinically oriented anatomy 8th ed
Moore, K.L., Dalley, A.F. & Agur, A.M.R (2017)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Understanding pathophysiology 3rd ed
Craft, J.A (ed), Gordon, C., Huether, S., McCance, K., Brashers, V., Rote, N (2019)
Australian and NZ edition St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier

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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