Course Title: Osteopathic Theory and Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Theory and Practice 3

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,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Danielle Baxter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7647

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.017-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course expands upon the foundations to clinical practice osteopathy focused healthcare in Australia. You will be introduced to concepts of movement and function of the human body, regional and segmental assessment of the musculoskeletal system and identification of osteopathic findings to formulate a diagnosis. Additionally, you will be introduced to technique modalities that prepare you for clinical practice such as articulation/mobilization and muscle energy techniques. This will be supplemented with a focus on the importance of communication in clinical practice, with particular application during musculoskeletal assessment and technique.

The practical work in this course simulates a practice environment and involves role play as clinician and patient, which provides skills in examining a patient for musculoskeletal findings that may form the basis of diagnosis in clinical practice. This practical component will enable you to develop important skills in communication in a clinical setting, patient handling and maneuvering whilst executing these manual techniques.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • PLO 1 Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO 2 Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO 4 Effectively communicate with a wide audience (i.e. patients, carers, healthcare professionals and agencies), with respect and sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity, using a variety of media
  • PLO 5 Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry
  • PLO 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider
  • PLO 8 Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, recognising the historical development and evolution of the profession, and how this integrates with contemporary practice

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

  1. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and professional communication relevant to osteopathic professional practice, which includes verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  2. Perform a musculoskeletal evaluation of the peripheral joints, including observation, palpation and range of motion testing.
  3. Identify musculoskeletal osteopathic findings in the extremities of the human body .
  4. Apply muscle energy and articulation/mobilisation techniques to the appendicular skeleton and explain the physiological underpinnings.
  5. Efficiently and ergonomically position yourself and your patients for the application of osteopathic technique.


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.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester comprising 1 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 2 hour practical class.

Learner Directed Hours: 84 per semester consisting of review of lecture material, additional suggested reading and practical 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

Hurdle requirements are necessary to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent, and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focused professional standards, throughout the course of their program.

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online (in class) quizzes (x2)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 1 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Peer-review assessment

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5

Assessment Task 3:

Assignment- essay

Weighting: 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4

Assessment 4: Written Examination

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment 5: Practical Examination (HURDLE Requirement)

Demonstration of selected tasks covered in practical session during semester. Practical examinations may be Directly Observed Procedural Skills (DOPS), Viva Voce or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE).

Weighting 25%

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