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

Course Coordinator: Lee Muddle

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7701

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.14

Course Coordinator Availability: request via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

 Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities:
• Communicate with a patient to develop a history of the presenting complaint
• Demonstrates your ability to gain a complete physical, social, lifestyle and environmental history to inform the patient presentation.
• Undertake a structured health assessment using a recognised health assessment framework to inform a management plan for the patient.
• List, elaborate and justify the steps of the assessment and diagnostic process

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 a structured clinical examination of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system through the performance of various tests. You will be required to demonstrate safety and clinical decision making skills whilst performing these tests in a structured 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 patient’s general health the integrity of these systems.
Additionally, you will begin to explore radiographic analysis by observing normal radiographic anatomy. This will form the basis for further training in radiographic diagnosis and analysis.
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 (Chinese Medicine), BP279 (Osteopathy), and BP280 (Chiropractic)
• 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 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 neurologic 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 xray (digital and hardcopy)

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).
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: 42 per semester comprising 2x 1 hour lectures (first 6 weeks of semester), 1x 1 hour lecture (second 6 weeks of semester), and 1x 2 hour practical class.
Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester consisting of review of lecture material, additional suggested reading and skill acquisition.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (

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).
☐This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ 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 (Leaning & Teaching).
Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Peer-review assessment –
Week 4
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Radiology Multiple Choice Exam
Weeks 5, 8, and 11
Weighting 30% (3x10%)
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 elements covered during semester
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment 4: End-of-semester practical exam (HURDLE)
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 supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4