Course Title: Integrated Clinical Sciences 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Clinical Sciences 2

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

Course Coordinator: Dr Tom Moyneux

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7399

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite Capabilities
To successfully complete this course, students should have the ability to:

  • know and understand basic and clinical science principles underlying health care;
  • apply their knowledge of diagnostic procedures;
  • apply their knowledge of specified therapeutic procedures;
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of basic health strategies required to produce positive health outcomes;
  • build on a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and demonstrate the ability to put this understanding to effective use;
  • be information literate; locating, evaluating, managing and using a range of information;
  • adopt appropriate behaviours including socially and ethnically sensitive communications skills and empathy;
  • engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis;
  • work independently or as part of a team;
  • demonstrate consistent ethical professional behaviour; and
  • understand the principles involved in due duty of care to patients.

Students are required to have successfully completed the courses MEDS2125 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1, MEDS 2120 Diagnosis and Management 1 and Research and Scholarship Portfolio Hurdle 1.

Course Description

The course follows on from Integrated Clinical Sciences 1. The general aims of this course are to integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology in a clinical context; an integration and review of regional neurology with an emphasis on the head and neck; a compilation of information on pain as a clinical entity; and an advanced development of skills in research design and clinical outcome measurements.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe and explain the relationship between normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology in a clinical context;
  • demonstrate an advanced skill level in neurological diagnostic examinations and interpretation;
  • recognise and diagnose the patient presentation of neurological conditions with relevance to clinical practice;
  • understand pain and its management in the clinical setting;
  • locate, analyse and synthesise information related to case studies of patients with neurological, pain and pathological disorders;
  • describe and apply prevalence data to clinical cases;
  • demonstrate knowledge in the theory and practice of clinical research methodology;
  • present written reports and cases studies; and
  • work in teams in reviewing case studies.

Within the context of evidence-based care and the legal scope of practice students will gain or improve capabilities for patient-centred care in:

  • knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences;
  • skills in clinical assessment (including chiropractic-specific skills);
  • skills in diagnostic decision-making;
  • skills in clinical management (including chiropractic-specific skills);
  • skills in the steps of problem-solving (identification of a problem, gathering/analyzing/synthesizing information, implementation of a solution, and assessment of its effectiveness) at the levels of the patient, practitioner, profession, and society;
  • effective communication skills, utilizing a variey of media in clinical, professional, political, academic and public settings;
  • empathetic communication skills (such as listening, relating, reassurance, and taking into account non-verbal cues) in the doctor-patient relationship, and other professional and personal relationships;
  • their ability to demonstrate the duty of care required of a primary contact health care practitioner, including ethical practice management; and
  • their ability to deliver health care in a culturally diverse society, with an awareness of the intricacies involved.

Overview of Learning Activities

As a student enrolled in a course at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, the myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
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Online Learning tools and content
As a student in this course you may access to online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises written and practical examinations.