This unit (HBO3009) 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).

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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

Learning Outcomes

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


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 type Description Grade
Report Implementation plan of proposed prosection (500 words) 15%
Presentation Oral presentation of completed prosection (15 minutes) 30%
Test Online Quiz (MCQ and SAQ) (45mins) 20%
Test Test (MCQ and SAQ) (120mins) 35%

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

Brukner & Khan's Clinical sports medicine 5th ed.
Brukner, P., et al. (2017)
McGraw Hill

Murtagh's General Practice 7th ed.
Murtagh, J. (2018)
Sydney: McGraw Hill

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