Course Title: Medical Examination 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Examination 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Michael Fleischmann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

Medical Examination 1 is designed to introduce students to the foundation practice and principles of undertaking a structured patient examination in a clinical setting.

You will learn to take a patient case history and begin development of the fundamental skills of clinical reasoning to support your choice of clinical examinations.

You will learn to demonstrate the skilful use of appropriate diagnostic equipment to examine the ‘systems’ of the body in a structured and logical sequence.

You will be required to demonstrate safety and care for your patient, whilst gathering and recording clinical examination findings to inform decisions made about the patients’ general health.

Additionally, you will be introduced to radiographic analysis; learning basic principles and observing normal radiographic anatomy of the ‘body systems’.

This course includes a 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 for BP280  Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) and BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine):

  • PLO 1 Provides specialized health care within a patient- centred evidence based framework.
  • PLO 2 Gather clinical information to make accurate differentials diagnosis, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment

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

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

  1. Demonstrate taking a structured and logically sequenced case history of the presenting complaint with consideration of the patients physical/social/lifestyle and environmental influences
  2. Demonstrate a smooth systematic physical examination of the’ body systems’, and correctly interpret their findings
  3. Describe the anatomical/physiological structure and function of the body systems examined
  4. Interrogate the test findings to make informed clinical decisions about safety in proceeding with patient care and discuss with the patient.
  5. Identify normal radiographic ‘body systems’ anatomy on plain film xray (digital and hardcopy)
  6. Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to relate anatomy, physiology, and clinical and diagnostic test findings based on a simulated case. 

Overview of Learning Activities


You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

This course contains hurdle requirements. 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 Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

To obtain a pass, students need to obtain at least 50% in the hurdle (Assessment Task 3) and an overall grade equal to or greater than 50%

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Radiology quizzes
Weighting 15%
These assessment task support CLOs 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Interdisciplinary Group Assessment
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Objective Structured Clinical Examination - Clinical Skills Assessment (Hurdle) 
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.