Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 8

Unit code: HBO3008 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBO2007 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 7
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit further strengthens students’ ability to recognize the relevant biomedical science concepts for presenting complaints by applying them to conditions affecting the abdomen. Students extend their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, histology and embryology and discuss the relevance for conditions affecting the abdomen and pelvis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Commentate on the relevant anatomy, histology and embryology of the abdomen and pelvis;
  2. Report on the physiological processes of the viscera of the abdomen and pelvis; and
  3. Analyse selected common and serious conditions affecting the abdominal and pelvic viscera.


For Melbourne campuses

The essay requires students to work in pairs to develop a commentary on a common upper gastrointestinal digestive disorder. To successfully complete this written task, students will need to work collaboratively to engage with scientific literature and discuss the potential role that an osteopath may play in the screening, monitoring, interprofessional referral and musculoskeletal management of their allocated disorder. The multi-station laboratory exam assesses students’ knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, histology, embryology and pathology of the abdomen and pelvis. This practical assessment uses specimens, models, and histology slides explored in the laboratory classes. In the case study analysis, students must demonstrate their knowledge of biomedical theory in the context of clinical scenarios. This assessment requires students to apply their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, by responding to patient scenarios.

Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 20%
Commentary on common condition (pairs, 1000 words)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Multi-station practical laboratory exam (1hr)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Individual case study analysis (90mins)

Required reading

Further readings will be made available via the VU Collaborate system as required.

Clinically oriented anatomy
Moore, K. L., Dalley, A. F. & Agur, A.M.R. (2017)| Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Understanding pathophysiology
Craft, J.A. (ed), Gordon, C., Huether, S., McCance, K., Brashers, V., Rote, N. (2019)| St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Marieb, E.N. & Hoehn, K (2018)| USA: Pearson Higher Ed
Anatomy and Physiology Coloring Workbook
Marieb, E.N. & Brito, S (2017)| Great Britain: Pearson Education Limited

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