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,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Lee Muddle

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7701

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced concurrent study (Co-requisites) - You will need to enrol into the Co-requisite listed below before enrolling into this Course

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 patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO2 Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO4 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
  • PLO5 Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry
  • PLO6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO7 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 the capacity to engage in critical reflective practice to formulate and implement strategies to address any issues identified
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to work independently or in teams to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  3. Examine a variety of patient presentations and apply clinical reasoning to formulate treatment and management strategies
  4. Evaluate disputed clinical encounters to offer managing, preventative, and resolution strategies to overcome conflict
  5. Describe appropriate managing strategies in emergency and adverse reactions to escalate patient to seek appropriate care
  6. Develop a strategic plan to map your future progression within the profession, identifying what skills you will require for longevity as a primary healthcare practitioner
  7. Develop a self-care plan to identify needs and measures to look after one-self as a primary healthcare practitioner

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 and lectorials, both face to face and online.

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: Presentation 

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 2: Inter-Professional Practice

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Multiple choice quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 4: Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 5: Portfolio

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 5, 6 & 7