Course Title: Medical Examination 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Examination 1

Credit Points: 12.00

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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

Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Attenborough

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399257179

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

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)

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practical sessions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills. Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, tutorials, podcasts and Lectopia, Wiki’s Blogs and discussion board.

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of patient assessment.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities.

Practical Classes: Practical sessions will support your application of, and familiarity with key concepts covered in the lectures.

Self-Directed Learning: These sessions will enable you to better develop independent learning, and will support the material covered in the practical sessions.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Selected materials will be digitally available to students. Recorded lecture material will be supported by notes provided on Canvas. Students are also encouraged to participate in the Canvas Discussion forum. Weekly worksheets will be provided to guide self directed learning using the additional AV resources on Canvas. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulations with mannequins.

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).

To obtain a pass, students need to obtain at least 50% in the hurdle (practical demonstration) 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: Written task

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Oral Viva

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Practical demonstration (Hurdle)

Weighting 35%

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