HBS1104 Clinical Skills 1 introduces students to clinical communication and examination within the context of osteopathic practice. Students commence their development of patient communication through history taking relating to a musculoskeletal complaint. Osteopathic manual techniques for the upper extremity are explored in this unit with students being able to commence their manual therapy skills.

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HBO1002 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of informed consent and obtain consent from a simulated patient;  
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history taking process and record key components of a presenting complaint;  
  3. Perform and interpret a clinical and musculoskeletal physical examination of the upper extremity;  
  4. Review diagnostic imaging that may be used in the diagnosis & management of conditions of the upper extremity; and  
  5. Apply and explain osteopathic manual techniques and management for the upper extremity.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report History Taking 15%
Workshop CBL Participation workshops 15%
Examination Practice Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting. 10%
Examination 30 minute Final Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (Hurdle Requirement) 60%
Students are required to participate in practical sessions with at least 90% attendance except under extenuating circumstances (hurdle requirement). HBS1104 is a core clinical subject in an accredited program by the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC). HBS1104 provides key skills to meet threshold graduate capabilities for an osteopathic graduate (VU Assessment policy; clause 29.a) A minimum pass grade (50%) for the semester assessments and for the final observed performance in a simulated setting examination (30-minute practical examination) is required to satisfactorily complete the unit overall. The hurdle requirements are in place to satisfy the unit learning outcomes, and ensure safe practice and implementation of the skills learnt in this unit.

Required reading

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

Orthopaedic physical assessment. 6th ed.
Magee, D. (2014)
St Louis, US: Elsevier Saunders.

Greenmans Principles of Manual Medicine. 4th ed.
Destefano, L (2011)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams Wilkins.

Bates' guide to physical examination and history taking. 11th ed.
Bickley, L. S. (2012)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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