Course Title: Osteopathy Theory and Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathy Theory and Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Lee Muddle

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7701

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course extends your foundational knowledge, skills and their application to practise osteopathy focussed healthcare in Australia.  The theoretical components of the module explore the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and application of soft tissue techniques.  The practical aspects of the module enable you to become familiar with soft tissue tone assessment and related techniques.  In combination these components provide an introduction to clinical musculoskeletal screening and treatment.

Practical experience in this course simulates osteopathic practice by utilising role play as both clinician and patient.   

This course includes a l earning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated patient care context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes and Capability Development 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO2 gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO3 practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO4 demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Perform routine clinical skills pertaining to professional conduct, communication, the use of appropriate medical terminology, and practitioner/patient ergonomics
  2. Describe and discuss the basic structure and function of the musculoskeletal system
  3. Identify and discriminate bony and soft tissue surface anatomy landmarks
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the skills utilised in health literacy
  5. Describe and demonstrate the application of basic soft tissue therapy techniques

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures are used to introduce new learning concepts: both theoretical and practical, and revise essential knowledge requirements.  Lecture material and related resources are available on the Learning Management System (LMS).

Tutorials alternatively, encourage and enable you to develop skill acquisition by applying and practising the material presented in the lectures and practical classes. You can ask questions and receive clarification and feedback from your supervising teachers in real time.  You are expected to dress appropriately for practical tutorials to allow for the application of skills taught.  This will be discussed further in class.

Group discussions during classes are encouraged as it develops independent thinking and provide shared learning experiences, from which you and your fellow students can learn.

Your assessments associated with this course link the theoretical components to practical application in a clinical context.  These  include an online quiz, peer review Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) and a ‘mind map’ assessment to challenge your knowledge acquisition and application.  Your end of semester examinations will assess all learning outcomes in a theoretical and practical forum. The theoretical component will be conducted via written examination (multiple choice and short answer) and the practical component via DOPS.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester comprising 2x 1 hour lectures and 1x 2 hour practical class.

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester consisting of review of lecture material, additional suggested reading and skill acquisition.

Progression and Attendance Requirements: Attendance at osteopathic technique classes is compulsory. Students need to demonstrate competency in the delivery of practical techniques in a safe and skillful manner in supervised laboratory classes. Students with less than 80% attendance of practical classes during semester will not be offered an additional assessment opportunity to demonstrate safety and practical skills if they are unable to demonstrate safe practice in the final practical assessment.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (


The Library has specialised Subject guides at

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Peer-review assessment

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Invigilated Quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Health literacy

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: End of semester practical exam (Hurdle Requirement)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 5: End of semester theory exam

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5