Course Title: Osteopathy, Mechanics and Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathy, Mechanics and Principles

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Paula Henderson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257221

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.68

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is a introductory course for the study of osteopathy. 

Course Description

This course introduces the students to osteopathic history, philosophy and principles and the basis for rational treatment, biomechanics and an introduction to the clinical environment..

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course assists in the following functional and knowledge capability development:

  1. the acquisition of appropriate knowledge as a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and the ability to put this understanding into effective use
  2. the ability to locate, critically evaluate, manage and use a range of information
  3. apply management strategies in order to produce positive outcomes for patients
  4. the ability to engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis and to implement best practice evidence-base practice where the evidence exists
  5. the ability to work independently or as part of the team in a multi-disciplinary setting 

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Introduction to osteopathy
By its nature, this course introduces concepts that will be built upon during the whole program. Students add to their understanding of osteopathy and osteopathic philosophy as the scope of study widens throughout the undergraduate and Masters years of the whole professional program. Consequently this course is designed to lay the conceptual framework of contemporary osteopathy that will then be ‘fleshed out’ during the rest of the program. At the completion of this course, students shall be expected to:

  1. Have studied osteopathic history and developed an understanding of the historical and contemporary Australian profession in an international context;
  2. Commenced their understanding of the philosophy of osteopathy and the physiological principles upon which it is based;
  3. Be developing an awareness of the osteopathic view of the human person.
  4. Commenced their understanding of the term somatic dysfunction, and the relationship between somatic dysfunction, ease, dis-ease and pathology;
  5. Have begun to understand osteopathic science, including diagnostic concepts and the principles underlying osteopathic techniques;
  6. Be aware of the wide range of techniques available in contemporary osteopathic practice;
  7. Understand contemporary concepts of health and disease and the role of primary health care;

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is offered as an online course. Students will be instructed on additional reading required and have study questions provided to guide their learning. Information presented here is expected to be integrated with other osteopathic courses offered. This will provide an opportunity to discuss and develop their understanding of the course content. In this osteopathy course, the knowledge gained in the other courses becomes applied to the living human organism and studied in states of health and disease.

Overview of Learning Resources

Copies of recommended texts will be placed on reserve in the Bundoora campus library for the period during which they are likely to be in high demand. Students wanting other references to be placed on reserve should consult the relevant lecturers. Students will be provided with prescribed texts and reading lists in the course guides. .

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may be assignment and written or online examination

Students must be aware of the current University procedures for seeking Special Consideration or a Deferred examination.

It is each student’s responsibility to regularly check their RMIT email address. Email sent to your student account is an official University notification.