HBO3008 Biomedical Science for Osteopathy further strengthens students' ability to recognize the relevant biomedical science concepts for presenting complaints by applying them to conditions affecting the abdomen and pelvis. Students extend their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, histology and embryology of the abdominal and pelvic viscera and discuss the relevance for conditions affecting the abdominal and pelvic regions. Students are also introduced to the actions of pharmacological agents and consider those applicable for conditions affecting the abdomen and pelvis.

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HBO2007 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 7

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and conceptually map the anatomy, histology and embryology of the abdomen and pelvis;  
  2. Report on the physiological processes of the viscera of the abdomen and pelvis; and  
  3. Analyse selected common and red flag conditions affecting the abdominal and pelvic viscera.  


The test evaluates key concepts of the anatomy, physiology, pathology for the upper gastrointestinal tract. The mind map and relevance statement require the student to individually design a concept map on a common digestive disorder and to research and reflect on the appropriate management or impact the disorder has on osteopathic management. The multi station practical laboratory exam assesses the students' knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, histology, embryology and pathology of the abdomen and pelvis. This assessment uses specimens, models, and histology slides explored in the laboratory classes. The case study analysis assesses the students' knowledge of and ability to identify anatomy, histology, embryology and physiological processes and conditions related to different physiological, reproductive and hormonal systems.
Assessment type Description Grade
Other Mind map and relevance statement 20%
Practicum Multi-station practical laboratory exam (1hr) 35%
Test Test (online MCQ) (30mins) 10%
Case Study Case study analysis (2 hours) 35%

Required reading

Further readings will be made available via the VU Collaborate system as required.

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. Australian and NZ edition
Craft, J.A. (ed), Gordon, C., Huether, S., McCance, K., Brashers, V., Rote, N. (2019)
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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