Clinical Skills 4A

Unit code: HBS2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBS1104 - Clinical Skills 1; and
HBO2007 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 7
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit introduces students to clinical examination, medical tests and osteopathic management and treatment techniques relevant to the conditions affecting the thorax and cranial nerves. With this unit, students will further develop psychomotor skills in high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) spinal manipulation. Students will be able to develop their psychomotor skills in HVLA 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 thorax, however 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. Relate the principles of advanced history taking to the recording of details for the presenting complaint
  2. Exhibit and interpret a clinical examination of systemic health (vital signs) and systems of the thorax (cardiovascular, respiratory, vascular, musculoskeletal);
  3. Interpret common medical tests that may be used in diagnosis and management of conditions of the thorax
  4. Exemplify clinical reasoning for analysing common conditions of the thorax
  5. Exhibit and explain osteopathic manual techniques of the thorax
  6. Demonstrate and interpret a clinical examination of the cranial nerves.


For Melbourne campuses

The online tests will assess fundamental knowledge in history taking, clinical examination and medical tests relevant to conditions of the thorax. The first test provides summative and formative feedback and the second test assesses the knowledge of these clinical topics developed over the first two weeks. Students then apply this knowledge in a case presentation in week 3 and in week 4 their clinical reasoning, clinical medical examination, and osteopathic treatment skills are assessed in the OPSS.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Online Quiz (30min)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
Online Quiz (50min)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Group presentation based on a case vignette (15mins)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 50%
Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (OPSS) (30 minutes) (hurdle)

Required reading

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

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