Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 2

Unit code: HBO1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBO1001 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 2, introduces students to anatomical and biomechanical principles relevant to osteopathy. Students will apply theoretical concepts of biomedical sciences to the upper limb and review common musculoskeletal conditions presenting in osteopathic practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and apply knowledge of the detailed anatomy of the upper limb;
  2. Outline basic biomechanics principles and their application to the upper extremity; and
  3. Relate anatomical and biomechanical principles to common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb.


For Melbourne campuses

There are three case based learning worksheets (one in each of weeks 1, 2 & 3). Case-based learning (CBL) requires students to work collaboratively in small groups to explore a clinical case scenario relating to the upper limb. Students complete a formative in-class group worksheet based on the scenario which includes questions on the related anatomy and biomechanics. Following this in-class activity, students are assessed individually on the key elements of this case and the related musculoskeletal conditions via the individual CBL (online) worksheet.

The week 3 quiz will test students’ knowledge of the first two weeks of anatomy content. It will serve as feedback for students in preparation for the final quiz.

The multi-station practical examination requires students to identify anatomical structures of the upper limb. Each station requires students to identify and elaborate upon the anatomical structures displayed.

The final quiz assesses the full scope of the HBO1002 curriculum and is scaffolded by formative quizzes throughout the unit.

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 15%
Three (3) individual CBL worksheets (short answer & multiple choice – 350 words equivalent)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Week 3 quiz (short answer & multiple choice – 30 mins)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 35%
Multi-station practical examination (45mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 35%
Final Quiz (multiple choice - 60mins)

Required reading

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

Moore’s clinically oriented anatomy
Dalley, A. F. & Agur, A. M. R (2023) | Wolters Kluwer
Abrahams’ and McMinn’s clinical atlas of human anatomy
Abrahams, P. H., Spratt, J. D., Loukas, M. & Van Schoor, A.N. (2019). | Elsevier
Evidence informed orthopedic conditions: 300+ patient centred principles and best practices.
Vizniak, N. A., Fairweather, L., Murray, N., Hussain, S., DeLapp, D., Eni, G., Davidson, T. & Tara Hedrich. (2022).| Professional Health Systems Inc.

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