Course Title: Medical Examination 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Examination 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Boris Lukin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7109

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.064-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses

Successful completion of:

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed the following courses 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

This course will introduce you to the foundation knowledge and skills required to recognise common neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, and to undertake neurological and orthopaedic clinical examinations. It will build upon knowledge and skills acquired in MEDS2146 – Medical Examination 1, with an emphasis now on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. You will be required to demonstrate safety and clinical decision-making skills whilst performing tests used to assess the neurological and musculoskeletal systems in an ordered and logical sequence. Information gathered from the clinical examination will be used in conjunction with other clinical information gathering skills to make decisions about the integrity of these systems, and the patient’s general health.

Additionally, you will continue radiographic analysis by observing normal radiographic variants and congenital anomalies, in preparation for more advanced analysis and diagnosis later in your programmes.

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 BP278  Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and BP280  Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

  • PLO 1 Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 2 Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, 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 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider

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

  1. Demonstrate a complete, smooth screening examination of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems, correctly interpreting the exam findings.
  2. Describe and discuss the anatomical and physiological functions underpinning clinical examinations linked to common neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Apply specific clinical examinations by evaluating the usefulness and accuracy of the tests for common neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. 
  4. Examine the test findings to make informed clinical decisions about safety in proceeding with patient care.
  5. Identify normal radiographic anatomy, congenital anomalies and normal radiographic variants on plain film x-ray (digital and hard copy).

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).

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.

Attendance at practical classes is compulsory for several important reasons, including to prevent potential injury to participants during practical assessments. Therefore, if you don’t attend and participate effectively in at least 85% of your scheduled practical classes you won’t be entitled to a practical assessment opportunity at the end of semester, which is a hurdle requirement. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Practical Review and Presentation
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4

Assessment Task 2: Radiology Multiple Choice Exam
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Case Based Learning Activity
Assessing the application of theory underpinning the practical and radiological elements covered during semester
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: End-of-Semester Practical Exam (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). This will also contain a radiological review component.
Weighting 35%
This assessment 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.