Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 3

Unit code: HBO1003 | 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 Sciences for Osteopathy 3, extends students’ knowledge of biomedical sciences. Students explore previously learnt concepts of anatomy and physiology, in conjunction with introducing pathology, pharmacology, embryology, pain science, tissue injury and exercise rehabilitation. This will enable students to develop a more in depth understanding of how these principles relate to osteopathic practice. The complex phenomenon of pain is introduced in this unit, forming a crucial underlying concept for subsequent osteopathy units.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Review principles and processes of cellular and vascular pathology, inflammation and tissue repair and apply them to clinical scenarios;
  2. Compare and contrast the types and management of nerve injuries and their relation to pain science and the biopsychosocial model;
  3. Map human embryological development; and
  4. Apply knowledge and understanding of pharmacological and rehabilitation principles within the healthcare setting.


For Melbourne campuses

The individual worksheet aims to consolidate fundamental pathophysiology knowledge presented within the first week of this unit. The case study assessment is conducted in small groups where students synthesise information from a patient scenario in relation to relevant topics covered within the unit and undertake a verbal presentation of the case analysis. The full scope of the HBO1003 curriculum will be assessed by the final quiz, which is scaffolded by formative quizzes throughout the unit.

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 15%
Individual Worksheet (short answer and MCQ) (750 words equivalent)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 35%
Group presentation of case analysis (20mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 50%
Final quiz (60mins MCQ)

Required reading

Moore’s clinically oriented anatomy.
Dalley, A.F., & Agur, A.M., (2023).| Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Human Anatomy and Physiology.
Marieb, E.N., & Hoehn, K.N., (2022).| Pearson Publishing.
Anatomy and Physiology Coloring Workbook.
Marieb, E.N., & Brito, S., (2017).| Pearson Education Limited.

As part of a course

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