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. Students are able to strengthen their knowledge of management strategies for neurological and musculoskeletal conditions through case based learning of patients with pain and neurological complaints.

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HBO2005 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 5

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, patho-anatomy, pathophysiology, and clinical presentation of common neurological conditions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study CBL Worksheet 20%
Practicum Anatomy Practical Examination 30%
Test Theory Test: Week 1 Content (computer based) 10%
Test Theory Test: Final (computer based) 40%
90% attendance is required at practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program (hurdle requirement), in line with accreditation documentation. The workshops and CBL 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

Human Anatomy & Physiology 11th ed.
Marieb, E. N., & Hoehn, K (2018)

Clinically oriented anatomy 8th ed.
Moore, K.L., Dalley, A. F. & Agur, A. M. (2018)
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer

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