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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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
Test Test (online) 10%
Presentation Group Presentation 20%
Case Study Case study analysis 35%
Exercise Simulated lab exercise 35%
80% attendance is required at practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program (hurdle requirement). The workshops and lab 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

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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