Course Title: Osteopathic Theory and Practice 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Theory and Practice 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
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

Course Coordinator: Dr.Deanne Mulcahy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 xxxx

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora west

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course expands upon the foundations to practice osteopathy-focused healthcare in Australia. You will extend your knowledge, skills and their application relevant to regional and segmental assessment of the musculoskeletal system and identifying osteopathic findings to formulate a diagnosis. Additionally, you will further your skills to apply technique modalities that prepare you for clinical practice, articulate the theoretical background to these techniques, and explain proposed mechanisms of action.

Your knowledge of patient-practitioner relationships will be explored by introducing the topic of medical ethics. This module will be critical in understanding the responsibilities and boundaries that must be adhered to in professional clinical practice.

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 course includes a learning 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

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)
  • PLO8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

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

  1. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and professional communication ability relevant to osteopathic professional practice, which includes verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  2. Perform a screening scanning and regional evaluation for the axial skeleton, including segmental analysis
  3. Describe the principles and physiologic basis for MET and articulation techniques
  4. Perform specific, MET and articulation techniques to the axial skeleton
  5. Efficiently and ergonomically position yourself and your patients for the application of osteopathic technique
  6. Elaborate the physiological basis of osteopathic modalities of treatment for the human body


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: 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).  These have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). 

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task 1: Quiz

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Assignment/Worksheet – Models of Osteopathy

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Mid-semester peer-review assessment

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5   

Assessment 4: Written Examination

May be a combination of short answer, long answer, multi-choice questions on the theory supporting the practical elements covered this semester

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 -6 

Assessment 5 (Hurdle Requirement): Practical Examination

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 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 -6