Course Title: Occupational and adjunctive therapeutics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Occupational and adjunctive therapeutics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Azharuddin Fazalbhoy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7655

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.076

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course will broaden your exposure to patient management by introducing clinical scenarios using patients with musculoskeletal and systemic disorders. You will learn the principles underpinning the application of osteopathic treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in combination with clinical consideration of comorbidities. In addition, you will be exposed to theoretical and practical concepts about common adjunctive therapies and devices, and occupational health and skills analysis. You will gain an understanding of physiological therapeutics, their proposed mechanisms of action and appropriate times to use them.

The practical work in this course simulates a practice environment and involves role play as both clinician and patient. This course includes a Work Integrated 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 (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 6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships

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

  1. Discuss the physiological basis for adjunctive therapeutics and devices, and their effects on the body including indications and contraindications
  2. Identify, apply, and justify appropriate adjunctive therapeutics to authentic case scenarios
  3. Interrogate the evidence base for the use of adjunctive and physiological therapeutics
  4. Discuss the use of physiological therapeutics as an adjunct to osteopathic care (indications and contraindications)
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in job task analysis (ergonomic assessment) and formulate a tailored care plan
  6. Situate the use of adjunctive and physiological therapeutics in contemporary healthcare

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures are used to introduce new learning concepts: both theoretical and practical, and to revise essential knowledge requirements. Lecture material and related resources are available on the Learning Management System (LMS).
Tutorials encourage and enable you to develop skill acquisition by applying and practising the material presented in the tutorial classes. You can ask questions and receive clarification and feedback from your supervising teachers in real time.
Group discussions during classes are encouraged as it develops independent thinking and provide shared learning experiences, from which you and your fellow students can learn.

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

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s). These have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Hurdle requirements are necessary to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are sufficiently assessed against practice-focused professional standards throughout the program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 A/B: Knowledge check x2
Weighting 20% (2 x 10%)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Group task
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Assignment
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: EOS semester – practical assessment
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 6