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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Kate Burke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2327

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.072

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.

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).

  • 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

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

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

Tutorial classes will compare and contrast osteopathic and medical approaches to a selection of systemic and lifestyle diseases.

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: Quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Written assignment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Video presentation and annotated bibliography

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 4: Viva Voce

Weighting 40%

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