Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 9

Unit code: HBO3009 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders
HBO1002 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 2 and
HBO1004 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 4 and
HBO2005 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 5 and
HBO2007 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 7
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit further strengthens students' ability to recognize the relevant biomedical science concepts for presenting complaints by exploring the common musculoskeletal conditions and appraising the neurological pain mechanisms associated with these conditions. To further consolidate the relationships between anatomy and common neuromuscular pathologies, students will design and implement a targeted, cadaveric dissection. 
In addition, the aim is to introduce students to critical concepts in pain science, including analgesia. Such knowledge is essential for the effective assessment and management of pain in the clinical setting.  The concepts introduced in this unit, set the foundation for a deeper exploration of pain in the Master’s program HMHO Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Elucidate peripheral and central mechanisms contributing to common presentations of pain;
  2. Elaborate upon common musculoskeletal conditions presenting in osteopathic practice; and
  3. Design, synthesise and present an anatomical prosection.


For Melbourne campuses

The first assessment requires students to work collaboratively to design a dissection project that is sequenced logically and demonstrates a solid grasp of anatomical principles. At the end of the block, students present the completed prosection to their peers (Assessment 2). The content covered in the workshops directly scaffold students towards successful completion of Assessments 3 and 4. Both of these assessments requires students to critically analyse patient scenarios and apply biomedical knowledge from the fields of pain science (Assessment 3) and neuromusculoskeletal pathology (Assessment 4).

Assessment 4 relates to knowledge that is essential for students to possess, prior to entering the osteopathy teaching clinic as treating practitioners. It includes elements of clinical reasoning and patient safety. Students must achieve a minimum pass mark (50%) in Assessment 4 to pass the unit (Hurdle Requirement).

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 15%
Group implementation plan of proposed prosection (500 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Group Oral presentation of completed prosection (15 minutes)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Pain Quiz (MCQ and extended response) (45mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 40%
Test (MCQ and extended response) (120mins)

Required reading

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

Clinically oriented anatomy
Moore, K. L., Dalley, A. F. & Agur, A.M. (2018)| Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer
Brukner & Khan's Clinical sports medicine
Brukner, P., et al. (2017)| McGraw Hill
Murtagh's General Practice
Murtagh, J. (2018)| Sydney: McGraw Hill

As part of a course

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