Course Title: Clinical Medicine (Neuro-Muscular Presentations)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Medicine (Neuro-Muscular Presentations)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Danielle Baxter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7647

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.017

Course Coordinator Availability: email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course will enable you to demonstrate the necessary clinical knowledge to competently assess and make clinical decisions in relation to the health of patients presenting with systemic conditions that have a musculoskeletal component in the presentation. Evaluation of case history and diagnostic data to support the development of an appropriate care plan or referral is an integral component of this course.

This course will enable you to become familiar with the clinical presentation of specific systemic conditions, and the interpretation of diagnostic data to support care planning which may include referral.

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).

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • PLO1: provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO2: gather clinical information to make an accurate differential diagnosis, assessment and management plan and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO3: practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO5: communicate effectively in a range of forms and with diverse audiences
  • PLO6: work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships.

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

  1. Demonstrate basic understanding of systemic, neurological, orthopaedic, or rheumatic disease cases
  2. Discuss clinical presentations of systemic, neurological, orthopaedic or rheumatic disease cases.
  3. Formulate a reasonable differential diagnosis for each presentation through prioritization and synthesis of information from the history, physical examination and laboratory/radiologic tests.
  4. Evaluate the diagnostic data presented with each of these cases to inform a clinical diagnosis
  5. Determine a clinical plan of care for each of these disease processes, by identifying and describing the indications for onward referral to another health practitioner as appropriate.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecture presentations are used to distribute new information, revise assumed knowledge and enable you to develop knowledge of concepts for performance of technique in appropriate situations, the understanding of the role of the osteopath in maintaining health, and the clinical requirements and expectations of osteopathic practice in Australia. Lecture material and related resources are available on the Learning Management System. 

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester comprising lectures both face to face and online, as well as practical classes and tutorials

Learner Directed Hours: 84 per semester consisting of review of lecture material and additional suggested  reading

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: Assignment  

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3

Assessment Task 2:  In class exam x2

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of semester written Exam

Weighting 40%

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