Course Title: Osteopathic Theory and Practice 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Theory and Practice 5

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

REHA2178

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

REHA2178

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Imogen Rehm

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7341

Course Coordinator Email: imogen.rehm@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.006


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge


Course Description

This course expands upon the foundations to practice osteopathy-focused healthcare in Australia. You will extend your knowledge, skills and their application relevant to regional and segmental assessment of the musculoskeletal system and identifying osteopathic findings to formulate a diagnosis. Additionally, you will be introduce to the skills to apply HVLA techniques to the spine and skeletal system that prepare you for clinical practice. You will articulate the theoretical background to these techniques and explain proposed mechanisms of action. This will be assisted by introducing you to the models osteopathy.

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

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 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. Explain the neurophysiological basis of nociception and pain to patients using plain language
  2. Integrate principles of pain science and pain management within a multi disciplinary, patient-centred framework
  3. Demonstrate intergration of your clinical skills to select the most appropriate HVLA technique for resolution of a presenting complaint (vertebral column)
  4. Apply osteopathic techniques (HVLA) safely with consideration to clinical indications/contraindications and physiological underpinnings
  5. Demonstrate effective communication strategies to negotiate sensitive clinical encounters
  6. Discuss the interface between your developing professional identify as a student osteopath entering a clinical environment (Uni Hill clinic) and that of other student health professionals


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 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.

Teacher Guided Hours: 72 per semester comprising 2x 2 hour lecture, and 1x 2 hour practical class.

Learner Directed Hours: 36 per semester consisting of review of lecture material, additional suggested reading and skill acquisition.

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 (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit)

The Library has specialised Subject guides at http://rmit.libguides.com/osteopathy

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). These have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A Hurdle requirement is 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.

Assessment Tasks

Formative assessment task: Peer review

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Formative assessment task: Online quizzes

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 1: Infographic

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 2: Assignment

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 3: Written Examination

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 5: Practical Examination (Hurdle Requirement)

Demonstration of selected tasks covered in practical session during semester. Practical examinations may be Directly Observed Procedural Skills (DOPS), Viva Voce, or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE).

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3