Scientific Basis for Osteopathy 5, further strengthens students' ability to recognize the relevant biomedical science concepts for presenting complaints by applying them to conditions affecting the abdomen. Students extend their knowledge of actions of pharmacological agents and discuss those applicable for conditions affecting the abdomen.

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HBS3501 - Patient, Practitioner and Health System 5

HBS3502 - Evidence for Practice 5

HBS3504 - Clinical Skills 5

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptualise the anatomy, histology and embryology of the abdomen and pelvis;  
  2. Report on the physiological processes of the viscera of the abdomen and pelvis;  
  3. Debate the relevance of the osteopathic principles to the anatomy of the abdomen and viscera;  
  4. Analyse common conditions affecting the abdominal viscera and propose appropriate management; and  
  5. Evaluate relevant pharmacological interventions for abdominal conditions.  


The formative assessments for this unit are: - Online quizzes - Contribution to CBL group
Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Group presentation - Review one pharmacological agent for the management of a gastrointestinal complaint (1500 words) 30%
Examination 15 minute lab oral examination (equivalent to 1500 words) 30%
Examination 2 hour written paper (equivalent of 2000 words) 40%
90% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program (hurdle requirement). A minimum pass grade (50%) for the lab oral examination is required to satisfactorily complete the unit overall as the assessment task is reflective of the nature of osteopathic practice. Learning outcomes 1 and 2 relate to fundamental theoretical knowledge and it is essential students are able to verbally present and summarise this material as they will be doing this with patients in practice.

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.R. (2017)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology 13th ed.
Hall, J. E. & Guyton, A. C. (2016)
Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Greenman's principles of manual medicine. 5th ed.
DeStefano, L. A. (2017)
Philadelphia, PA. : Wolters Kluwer.

Pharmacology for health professionals. 4th ed.
Bryant, B., & Knights, K. (2014)
Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.

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