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. 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 list appropriate management  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written task based on researching a common condition (500 words) 20%
Test 2 in-class online quizzes (25%/1hr each) 50%
Practicum Multi-station practical laboratory exam (1hr) 30%
90% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program (hurdle requirement). The 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 the practicum is a hurdle requirement to satisfactorily complete the unit overall as the assessment task is reflective of the nature of osteopathic practice. Learning outcomes 1-5 relate to fundamental theoretical knowledge and it is essential students are able to verbally present and summarise this material as they will be doing this with patients in practice.

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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