Course Title: Osteopathic Principles and Practice 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Principles and Practice 4

Credit Points: 12.00


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: Dr Azharuddin Fazalbhoy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7655

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.076

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course introduces you to the principles and foundation knowledge underpinning the use of herbal medicine. Whilst the prescription of herbal medicine is beyond the scope practice for Osteopaths, and needs further training and qualification, a significant proportion of patients seeking osteopathic care may be using such products. They may also ask about such products, and it is important to understand mechanisms, indications, and contraindications of herbal medicines. These principles will be explored in this course.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a simulated workplace context through the use of case-based scenarios, and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

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:

  • 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);

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

  1. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and professional communication ability relevant to osteopathic professional practice, which includes verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  2. Conceptually map and explain the principles, and contraindications of herbal medicine in osteopathic practice
  3. Describe the physiological basis for the use of herbal medicines in the context of osteopathic care
  4. Justify advice regarding herbal medicine in osteopathic practice taking into account clinical considerations
  5. Examine patients in clinically simulated scenarios and apply relevant osteopathic techniques
  6. Integrate osteopathic technique into advanced clinical theory

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecture presentations are used to provide key information, revise assumed knowledge and enable you to develop knowledge of concepts for performance of osteopathic techniques in appropriate situations. You will study the role of nutrition in maintaining health and the associated clinical requirements and expectations of osteopathic practice in Australia. Lecture material and related resources are available on the Learning Management System

Practical sessions encourage you to put lecture material into practice, view demonstrations, ask questions and receive feedback from your supervising teachers.

Tutorial based clinical simulation activities involve group discussion to encourage independent opinion and provide shared experiences from which you and your fellow students can learn.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester comprising lectures both face to face and online, as well as practical classes and tutorials

Learner Directed Hours: 60 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: Online quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Assignment - Clinical and technique review

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Assignment - Focus on Herbal Medicine

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Written Exam

Weighting 40%

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