Course Title: Osteopathy Theory and Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathy Theory and Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Kate Burke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2327

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.072-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course extends your foundational knowledge, skills and their application to practise osteopathy focused healthcare in Australia.  The theoretical components of the module explore the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and application of soft tissue techniques.  The practical aspects of the module enable you to become familiar with soft tissue tone assessment and related techniques.  In combination these components provide an introduction to clinical musculoskeletal screening and treatment.

Practical experience in this course simulates osteopathic practice by utilising role play as both clinician and patient.   

This course includes a learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated patient care context 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 (PLO) for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO 1 Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO 2 Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO 4 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
  • PLO 5 Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry
  • PLO 6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider
  • PLO 8 Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, recognising the historical development and evolution of the profession, and how this integrates with contemporary practice

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

  1. Identify the elements used to gather and interpret health information to contribute to clinical reasoning processes
  2. Perform routine clinical skills pertaining to professional conduct, practitioner/patient ergonomics, the use of appropriate medical terminology and palpation literacy as a primary healthcare professional
  3. Describe the characteristics of patient-centred communication in healthcare, and potential barriers to effective implementation
  4. Describe the fundamental concepts of collaborative partnerships, and demonstrate in groups, with your peers
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of health literacy by discussing the fundamental principles underlying scientific research to inform clinical practice
  6. Describe the importance of patient-centred communication in healthcare, recognising social and cultural diversity

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures are used to introduce new learning concepts: both theoretical, practical, and revise essential knowledge requirements. Lecture material and related resources are available on the Learning Management System (LMS).

Practicals alternatively, encourage and enable you to develop skill acquisition by applying and practising the material presented in the lectures and practical classes. You can ask questions and receive clarification and feedback from your supervising teachers in real time. You are expected to dress appropriately for practical tutorials to allow for the application of skills taught. This will be discussed further in class.

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.

Your assessments associated with this course link the theoretical components to practical application in a clinical context. Your end of semester examinations will assess all learning outcomes in a practical forum via DOPS.

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

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written Assessment

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment Task 2: Practical Assessment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLO 2

Assessment Task 3: End of Semester Practical Assessment (Hurdle Requirement)

Weighting 40%

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