Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 5

Unit code: HBO2005 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBO1003 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 3; and
HBO1001 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 5 expands the students' knowledge of biomedical sciences through application of fundamental principles to the head and spine. Patients presenting in osteopathic practice tend to seek care for spine related pain and dysfunction, so a key focus in this unit is the anatomy and biomechanics of the head, neck and lumbar spine that can be related to osteopathic treatment principles. Students are able to strengthen their knowledge of the clinical presentation of common musculoskeletal conditions and serious conditions affecting the head, neck and lower back.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Map the anatomy, histology and embryology of the head, cervical and lumbar spine;
  2. Integrate biomechanical principles to spinal movements and to the temporomandibular joint; and
  3. Review common and serious conditions affecting the head, cervical and lumbar spine.


For Melbourne campuses

The common conditions presentation requires students to work collaboratively and present a common condition affecting the head, cervical or lumbar spine in class. The multi station practical exam assesses students' knowledge of anatomy using specimens, histology slides and models explored in their laboratory classes as well as related biomechanical considerations and musculoskeletal conditions. The tests evaluate key concepts of anatomy, biomechanics, serious conditions and common conditions and provide weekly feedback to students throughout the block.

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 20%
Common Conditions Presentation (10mins)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Multi Station Practical Examination (1hr)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Theory test (MCQs): Home (30mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Theory test (MCQs and Short Answer) (45mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Theory test (MCQs and Short Answer) (45mins)

Required reading

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

Clinically oriented anatomy
Dalley, A. F. & Agur, A. M. (2022) | Wolters Kluwer
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Marieb, E. N & Hoehn, K (2023)| Pearson Education Limited
Anatomy and Physiology Coloring Workbook
Marieb, E.N & Brito, S (2017)| Great Britain: Pearson Education Limited
Evidence-Informed Orthopedic Conditions: Professional Health Systems
Vizniak, N. A. ( 2022)| .

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