Course Title: Osteopathic Theory and Practice 6

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Theory and Practice 6

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
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 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

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

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course extends your capacity to practice osteopathy focused healthcare in Australia. You will enhance your knowledge and skills relating to regional and segmental assessment of the musculoskeletal system and identifying osteopathic findings to formulate a diagnosis and applying high velocity low amplitude technique to the peripheral skeletal system. Additionally, you will further refine technique modalities that prepare you for clinical practice. You will articulate the theoretical background to these techniques and explain proposed mechanisms of action. This will done using current research, literature and evidence, and articulate it in a communicable format. 

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 5 Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry
  • 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. Demonstrate integration of your clinical skills to select the most appropriate High Velocity Low Amplitude HVLA technique for resolution of a presenting complaint (extremities) and their safe application.
  2. Apply osteopathic techniques (HVLA) safely with consideration to clinical indications/contraindications and physiological underpinnings
  3. Conceptually map and debate key ethical principles in clinical case presentations, pertinent to contemporary osteopathic practice
  4. Compare, contrast and analyse the role of Evidenced-Based Medicine (EBM) and Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP), and discuss their use in contemporary osteopathic practice.
  5. Evaluate and critically analyse scientific literature to understand the methodology undertaken and its translation to clinical practice

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).

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: 48 per semester 

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester

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

Assessment Task 1: Multi-choice test

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Written Examination

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Practical Examination (Hurdle Requirement)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2