Course Title: Systemic and Lifestyle Disease Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Systemic and Lifestyle Disease Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Jacquelyn Towns

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7160

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.064

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course will enable you to demonstrate the necessary clinical knowledge to competently assess and make clinical decisions in relation to the health of patients presenting with systemic conditions that have a musculoskeletal component in the presentation. Evaluation of case history and diagnostic data to support the development of an appropriate care plan or referral is an integral component of this course.

This course will enable you to become familiar with the clinical presentation of specific systemic conditions, and the interpretation of diagnostic data to support care planning which may include referral.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy).

  • PLO1 Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO2 Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management

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

1. Apply clinical reasoning and decision-making processes within a recognised framework related to systems disease case studies to inform patient care

2. Recognise the clinical consequences of systemic disease on the musculoskeletal system and explore their treatment and management

3. Identify musculoskeletal presentations and determine their link to systemic and lifestyle diseases

4. Explain the physiological underpinnings of systemic and lifestyle disease processes

5. Discuss contemporary medical diagnosis, investigation, and management of systemic and lifestyle diseases

6. Compare and contrast osteopathic and medical approaches to management of systemic and lifestyle diseases

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecture presentations are used to distribute new information, revise assumed knowledge and enable you to develop knowledge of concepts for performance of technique in appropriate situations, the understanding of the role of the osteopath in maintaining health, and the clinical requirements and expectations of osteopathic practice in Australia. Lecture material and related resources are available on the Learning Management System. 

Practical classes will compare and contrast osteopathic and medical approaches to some systemic and lifestyle diseases.

You will undertake four hours per week in teacher guided hours. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week in independent study.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester comprising lectures both face to face and online, as well as practical classes

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester consisting of review of lecture material and additional suggested reading

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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Assignment  

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2,3,4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2:  In class exam x2 (2 x 15%)

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of semester written Exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6