Course Title: Medical Examination 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Examination 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Lee Muddle

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7701

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014

Course Coordinator Availability: request via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the foundation knowledge and skills required to undertake a neurological and orthopaedic clinical examination. It will build upon knowledge and skills acquired in MEDS2146 – Medical Examination 1, where you will learn to undertake structured clinical examinations of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, through the performance of various tests. You will be required to demonstrate safety and clinical decision-making skills whilst performing these tests in an ordered and logical sequence. Information gathered from the clinical examination will be used in conjunction with other clinical information gathering skills to make decisions about the integrity of these systems, and the patient’s general health.

Additionally, you will continue radiographic analysis by observing normal radiographic variants and congenital anomalies, in preparation for more advanced analysis and diagnosis later in your programmes.

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

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP278  Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and BP280  Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

  • PLO 1 Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 2 Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment

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 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider

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

  1. Demonstrate a complete, smooth screening examination of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems, correctly interpreting the exam findings.
  2. Describe the anatomical and physiological functions underpinning clinical examinations of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems.
  3. Apply specific clinical examinations by evaluating the usefulness and accuracy of the tests. 
  4. Examine the test findings to make informed clinical decisions about safety in proceeding with patient care.
  5. Identify normal radiographic anatomy, congenital anomalies and normal radiographic variants on plain film x-ray (digital and hard copy).

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Practical review and presentation 

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 2: Radiology Multiple Choice Exam

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: End-of-semester written exam

May be a combination of short answer, long answer, multi-choice questions (MCQ) on the theory underpinning the practical and radiological elements covered during semester

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 4: End-of-semester practical exam (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).  This will also contain a radiological review component.

Weighting 35%

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