HBO2007 Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 7 strengthens students' ability to recognize the relevant biomedical science concepts for presenting complaints by applying them to conditions affecting the thorax. This unit is different in focus to previous Biomedical Science for Osteopathy units. There is a shift from considering somatic causes for pain to visceral causes from the thoracic viscera. Students develop their understanding of pain through reviewing pain pathways and examining mechanisms of referred and chronic pain. Students are introduced to actions of pharmacological agents and consider those applicable for conditions affecting the thorax.

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HBO2006 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 6

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Map the anatomy, histology and embryology of the thorax  
  2. Relate the physiological processes of the thoracic viscera  
  3. Articulate mechanisms involved in viscera as a source of pain  
  4. Integrate biomechanical principles to movements of the thorax  
  5. Review common conditions affecting the thorax and thoracic viscera and list appropriate management  
  6. Propose relevant pharmacological interventions for conditions affecting thorax  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study CBL Worksheet 15%
Practicum Anatomy Practical Demonstration: viva 25%
Test Theory Paper: Week 1 Content (computer based) 20%
Test Theory Paper: Final (computer based) 40%
90% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program (hurdle requirement). The workshops, tutorials 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. A minimum pass grade (50%) for each end-of-semester examination is required to satisfactorily complete the unit overall as the assessment tasks are related to essential theoretical knowledge required for osteopathic practice.

Required reading

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

Clinically oriented anatomy. 7th ed.
Moore, K. L., & Dalley, A. F. (2014)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Greenmans Principles of Manual Medicine. 4th ed.
Destefano, L (2011)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams Wilkins.

Textbook of medical physiology 12th ed.
Guyton, A. C., & Hall, J. E. (2011)
Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Pharmacology for health professionals. 4th ed.
Bryant, B., & Knights, K. (2014)
Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.

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