Course Title: Osteopathic Principles and Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Principles and Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Kara Dickson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7370

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.017

Course Coordinator Availability: Consultation times by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)



Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


Assumed Knowledge


Course Description

This course will broaden your exposure to clinical management by introducing clinical scenarios of patients with systemic disorders. You will learn the principles underpinning the application of osteopathic treatment for musculoskeletal disorders with clinical consideration for systemic disorders. Additionally, you will be exposed to the most common adjunctive therapies and devices and gain an understanding of physiological therapeutics (including the theoretical background to the therapies as well as the proposed mechanisms of action).

The practical work in this course simulates a practice environment and involves role play as clinician and patient, which provides skills in examining a patient for musculoskeletal findings that may form the basis of diagnosis in clinical practice.

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):

  • 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)
  • 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. Describe the physiological basis for adjunctive therapies and devices and their effect on the body (including the indications or contra-indications for their use)
  2. Identify clinical considerations in systemic disorders and the indications or contra-indications when treating musculoskeletal findings in patients
  3. Demonstrate treatment approaches for systemic dysfunctions and explain their physiological basis and effect on the body
  4. Modify models of osteopathic treatment as appropriate taking into consideration particular systemic disorders
  5. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and professional communication ability relevant to osteopathic professional practice, including verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

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 tutorial 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: 48 per semester comprising lectures both face to face and online, 1x 2 hour lecture, and 1x 2 hour practical class

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester consisting of review of lecture material and additional suggested  reading and researching background information for the case reports

Progression and Attendance Requirements: Attendance at osteopathic technique classes is compulsory. Students need to demonstrate competency in the delivery of practical techniques in a safe and skillful manner in supervised laboratory classes. Students with less than 80% attendance of practical classes during semester will not be offered an additional assessment opportunity to demonstrate safety and practical skills if they are unable to demonstrate safe practice in the final practical assessment.

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

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).

Assessment tasks 

Early & Ongoing Assessment Task:  Online quizzes

Weighting 15% (2 x 7.5%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 

Assessment Task 2:  Assignment

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 3 (Hurdle Requirement): Practical Exam

End semester practical exam, demonstration of clinical and osteopathic approach to systemic dysfunction. Practical examination will be a Viva Voce.

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment 4: Written Exam

May be a combination of short answer, long answer, multi-choice questions (MCQ) covering a review of expected clinical knowledge up to this stage of the program, physiological theory of technique, indication and contraindications for techniques, and research considerations

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4