This unit 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 and discuss the relevance 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.  


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 35%
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

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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