Clinical Skills 3

Unit code: HBS2304 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBS1204 - Clinical Skills 2; and
HBO2005 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 5
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit introduces students to clinical examination and osteopathic management, including manual techniques relevant to the cervical spine. Students will continue to develop history taking and communication skills specifically for spinal conditions. Students will be introduced to HVLA (high-velocity, low-amplitude) spinal manipulation of the cervical spine and the safety issues and procedures relevant for these techniques. Clinical reasoning continues to be developed in this unit with a focus on patient presentations affecting the head and cervical spine.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Determine key history taking questions related to the head and neck;
  2. Exhibit and interpret a physical examination of the head and neck;
  3. Interpret common medical tests and diagnostic imaging that may be used in diagnosis and management of conditions of the head and neck; and
  4. Exhibit and explain osteopathic manual techniques and management strategies of the head and neck.


For Melbourne campuses

The first quiz assesses fundamental knowledge about history taking, common conditions and medical tests for complaints of the head and neck. The second quiz assesses student knowledge of diagnostic imaging and treatment and management strategies. These assessments are scaffolded to the group presentation, which involves developing a rationale for assessment and treatment of a case complaint and to the Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) where students demonstrate their assessment and treatment skills based on a case vignette on a peer model.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Online in-class Quiz (30mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online in-class Quiz (45 min)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 15%
Group Presentation (15mins)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 50%
Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (30 minutes plus reading) (hurdle requirement)

Required reading

Manipulation of the spine, thorax and pelvis: An osteopathic perspective
Gibbons, P., & Tehan, P. (2016)| Australia: Elsevier
Evidence Informed Orthopedic Conditions: 300+ Patient Centred Principles and Best Practices.
Vizniak, N. A., Fairweather, L., Murray, N., Hussain, S., DeLapp, D., Eni, G., Davidson, T., & Hedrich, T. (2022).| Professional Health Systems Incorporated

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