In Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 2, students are introduced to the principles of exercise rehabilitation and apply it to simulated cases with a focus on spinal complaints. This unit also focusses on the care of the older adult and students will embark on a targeted journey to explore key concepts in gerontology.

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HMO7001 - Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Assess physiological, anatomical, functional and psychosocial changes in the aging patient;  
  2. Elucidate the epidemiology of common chronic health complaints in the aging population and management and monitoring of these conditions in the Australian healthcare system;  
  3. Explore the principles of rehabilitation programs and evaluate their role in preventative and rehabilitative care of a diverse patient population; and  
  4. Formulate and interpret exercise management programs to support the rehabilitation of patient complaints with a focus on the spine.  


The online test assesses fundamental knowledge of rehabilitation and preventative care of the patient. Assessment 2 assesses student ability to create and present to the class a PBL patient case based on allocated condition and develop a supplementary artefact aimed to be provided to the patient. The final OPSS assesses the students' practical skills in formulating and delivering an exercise program to support a patient complaint.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Test (45mins) 15%
Project Development of a Case Study (Group) Part A: Presentation of the Case Study (1500 words) Part B: Artefact with annotated bibliography (2000 words) 45%
Examination Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (30mins) (hurdle) 40%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 80% of all practical classes for essential skill development as per AOAC expectations. The OPSS is a hurdle assessment because it assesses critical osteopathic clinical skills

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