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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Kylie Spencer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6582

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)



Course Description

Osteopathic Practice Portfolio is the capstone course of the program BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy). It is a culmination of all the theoretical and practical elements of osteopathic clinical practice you have studied during the program and will prepare you for your transition to professional practice.

You are required to develop a portfolio of reflective activities associated with your clinical practice as a preparation for the activity of lifelong learning expected of registered health professionals in Australia.

This course includes a Work Integrated 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), in the following way:

  • 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.

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

  1. Demonstrate appropriate and professional communication ability relevant to osteopathic professional practice, including verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to engage in critical reflective practice to formulate and implement strategies to address any issues identified
  3. Demonstrate the capacity to work independently or in teams to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  4. Examine a variety of patient presentations and apply clinical reasoning to formulate treatment and management strategies
  5. Evaluate disputed clinical encounters to offer managing, preventative, and resolution strategies to overcome conflict. 
  6. Describe appropriate managing strategies in emergency and adverse reactions to escalate patient to seek appropriate care.   

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 encourage and enable you to develop skill acquisition by applying and practising the material presented in the turtorial classes. You can ask questions and receive clarification and feedback from your supervising teachers in real time.

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: 24 per semester comprising lectures both face to face and online, 2x 2 hour lecture,


Learner Directed Hours: 108 per semester consisting of review of lecture material and additional suggested  reading and researching background information for the case reports

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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Case Presentation 

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 5, & 6  

Assessment Task 2: Inter-Professional Practice – critique and referral

Weighting 20% (2x 10%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 5, & 6

Assessment 3: Multiple choice quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Assessment Task 4: Assignment – Applied clinical reasoning

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 4

Assessment 5: Written Examination

Theory examination which may be a written examination, multiple choice, extended matching, or key features questions.

Weighting 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6