Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 2

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


Biomedical Sciences 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 discuss the detailed anatomy of the upper limb;
  2. Illustrate basic biomechanics principles and their application to the upper extremity;
  3. Discuss common musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb, relate them to osteopathic principles.


For Melbourne campuses

Within the workshop environment, students 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. 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 theory paper assesses the full scope of the HBO1002 curriculum and is scaffolded by formative quizzes throughout the unit.

Assessment type: Workshop
Grade: 15%
Case Based Learning Worksheet - Upper extremity common musculoskeletal condition (800 words)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Multi-station practical examination (45mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 45%
Theory Paper (60mins)

Required reading

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

Clinically oriented anatomy
Moore, K. L., & Dalley, A. F. & Agur, A.M.R., (2018)| Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer
. McMinn & Abrahams’ clinical atlas of human anatomy
Abrahams, P. H., Spratt, J. D., Loukas, M., Van Schoor, A.-N., Hutchings, R. T., & McMinn, R. M. H. (2019)| [St. Louis, MO]?; [London]: Mosby Elsevier

As part of a course

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