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 (HBO2007) 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. Summarise 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  
  6. Outline relevant pharmacological interventions for selected cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.  


The common conditions assignment requires students to individually research a common condition of the thorax. The multi station practical exam assesses students' knowledge of thoracic anatomy using specimens, histology slides and models explored in their laboratory classes as well as related biomechanical considerations, physiology and pathology of the thoracic cage. The tests evaluate key concepts of thoracic anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, pathology as well as pharmacological intervention.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written task based on researching a common condition (500 words) 20%
Test Test (45mins) 20%
Test Test (1hr) 30%
Practicum Multi-station practical laboratory exam (1hr) 30%

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 11h ed.
Marieb, E.N & Hoehn, K (2018)
USA: Pearson Higher Ed

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

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