Course Title: Osteopathic Practice Portfolio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Practice Portfolio

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Azharuddin Fazalbhoy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7655

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.76

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


You should have satisfactorily completed the following courses before you commence this course:

  • REHA2218 Osteopathic Principles & Practice 3
  • REHA2216 Osteopathic Clinical Practice 3



Course Description

This is the capstone course for BP279 which integrates all the theoretical elements of clinical practice as an osteopath that are covered in the program. It prepares you for your transition to professional practice. It comprises components that require you to develop a portfolio of self-reflective activities associated with your clinical practice in preparation for the lifelong learning aspects expected of a registered health professional in Australia. The Portfolio will contain sections based on reviewing your clinical practice and environment including:

  • Personal Reflections
  • Case Analysis Reflections;
  • Case Reports
  • Records review.

Osteopathic clinical theory will be examined in this course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • PLO1 provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework;
  • 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 specialized health care;
  • PLO5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  • PLO6 work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships;
  • PLO7 function as an autonomous practitioner, with sound business management skills;
  • PLO8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

In addition to continued demonstration of outcomes from previous courses, on completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and professional communication skills relevant to osteopathic practice, including verbal and non-verbal
  2. Engage in critical reflective practice and formulate and implement strategies to address any issues identified.
  3. Demonstrate the capacity to work independently and in teams, to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  4. Explain the neurophysiological basis of nociception and pain
  5. Describe the principles of pain management within a multidisciplinary framework

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the recommended readings. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources.

Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.


Teacher Guided Hours: 12 per semester comprising lectures both face to face and online, as well as practical classes and tutorials

Learner Directed Hours: 144 per semester consisting of reviewing  of lecture material, undertaking additional suggested  reading and researching background information for the case reports

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (

The Library has specialised Subject guides at

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks

Ongoing Assessment Task: 3 Case reports
Weighting 30% (10% each)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment 2:  Assignment on Inter-Professional Practice
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Multiple Choice test  
Pain Science and Pain Management
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment 4: Written Examination
2 hour theory examination 
Weighting 45% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3