Clinical Skills 2

Unit code: HBS1204 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBS1104 - Clinical Skills 1
HBO1004 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 4
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Clinical Skills 2 introduces students to the osteopathic clinical examination, manual and management techniques, relevant to the lower limb. Students are able to further develop their patient communication and history taking skills by taking a systems history in addition to the presenting complaint for the lower limb. Clinical reasoning is a focus of this unit and students are encouraged to begin articulating their clinical thinking in relation to lower limb conditions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Exhibit the process of history taking and record key components of a presenting complaint, medical and systems history;
  2. Perform and interpret a musculoskeletal physical examination of the lower extremity;
  3. Review diagnostic approaches for clinical conditions of the lower extremity; and
  4. Apply and explain the principles of osteopathic manual techniques and management strategies of the lower extremity.


For Melbourne campuses

The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate outcomes. The first assessment assesses the students’ ability to competently undertake and note a clinical history, including a medical history. The CBL worksheets are case studies that simulate a common presenting complaint to osteopathic practice spanning the full scope of osteopathic practice: from history taking to prognosis and management. The third assessment familiarises students with the final assessment by performing a practice peer-driven attempt under exam conditions. It also aims to develop and build students’ feedback literacy. The final observed performance in a simulated setting assesses the student's capacity to competently perform an assessment of and management for a simulated case related to the lower extremity, as well as obtain informed consent.

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 10%
History taking (300 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Group CBL Worksheets (300 words)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 10%
Peer Marked Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS)
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%
30 minute Final Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (Hurdle Requirement)

Required reading

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

Clinical Sports Medicine Volume 1
Bruker, S & Kahn, K. (2019)| New York, US: McGraw-Hill Education
Orthopaedic physical assessment
Magee, D. J. (2018)| St Louis, US: Elsevier Saunders
Greeman's Principles of Manual Medicine
DeStefano, L. (2016)| Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

As part of a course

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