Clinical Skills 4

Unit code: HBS2404 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBS2304 - Clinical Skills 3
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit introduces students' to clinical examination, medical tests and osteopathic management and treatment relevant to the conditions affecting the lumbopelvic region. With this unit, students continue to develop psychomotor skills in spinal manipulation therapy (SMT). Students develop their psychomotor skills in SMT on peers under close guidance from educators.

Students will build on previous knowledge on history taking skills and will learn how to develop focussed questions for a specific complaint. Clinical reasoning continues to be developed in this unit with a focus on patient presentations affecting the low back and there is an expectation students are now able to integrate information from a patient history, clinical examination and medical tests to justify their differential diagnoses relating to a presenting complaint.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history taking process and record key components of a presenting complaint relating to the lumbopelvic region;
  2. Exhibit and interpret a clinical examination of the lumbopelvic region;
  3. Interpret common medical tests and diagnostic imaging that may be used in diagnosis and management of conditions of the lumbopelvic region;
  4. Exemplify clinical reasoning for analysing common conditions of the spine; and
  5. Exhibit and explain osteopathic manual techniques and management strategies of the lumbopelvic region including spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) and relevant safety considerations.


For Melbourne campuses

The first quiz assesses fundamental knowledge about history taking, common conditions and medical tests for complaints of the lumbopelvic region. 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 Quiz (30 mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online Quiz (45 mins)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 15%
Group presentation (15mins)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 50%
Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (30 mins) (hurdle requirement)

Required reading

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

Manipulation of the spine, thorax and pelvis: An osteopathic perspective.
Gibbons, P., & Tehan, P. (2016)| Australia: Elsevier.

As part of a course

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