Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 4

    Unit code: HBO1004 | 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 4 expands students’ knowledge of anatomical and biomechanical principles relevant to osteopathy. Students will apply theoretical concepts of biomedical sciences to the lower 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 lower limb;
    2. Outline basic biomechanics principles and their application to the lower extremity; and
    3. Relate anatomical and biomechanical principles to common musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Case-based learning (CBL) requires students to work collaboratively in small groups to explore a clinical case scenario relating to the lower limb and analyse the related anatomy and biomechanics. Following this formative in-class activity, students are assessed individually on the key elements of this case and the related musculoskeletal conditions in a worksheet. The multi-station practical examination requires students to identify and elaborate upon the anatomical structures of the lower limb. The full scope of the HBO1004 curriculum will be examined within the quiz, which is scaffolded by formative quizzes throughout the unit.

    Assessment type: Workshop
    Grade: 15%
    Case Based Learning Worksheet - lower extremity common musculoskeletal complaint. (800 words)
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 40%
    Multi-station practical examination (45mins)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 45%
    Quiz (multiple choice, in-class, 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

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