Course Title: Advanced Clinical Theory & Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Clinical Theory & Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

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

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course introduces the framework of evidence-based practice for osteopathic clinical practice. You will learn how to integrate clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research. You will be exposed to the historical development and contemporary relevance of the EBP framework in healthcare and medicine and its importance in providing safe, ethical and effective patient care

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.

In particular the practical work in this course simulates a practice environment and involves role play as clinician and patient which provides skills in the practice of osteopathic manual therapy used in osteopathic practice.

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
  • 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 6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider
  • PLO 8 Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, recognising the historical development and evolution of the profession, and how this integrates with contemporary practice


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

  1. Demonstrate critical reflective practice by tailoring a management plan within a patient-centred model of care
  2. Demonstrate the skills used to integrate adjunctive therapies to inform a care plan for a variety of health conditions
  3. Identify and apply key theories of nutrition to typical factors of health and exercise in relation to individual needs
  4. Demonstrate the application of functional technique on all motion segments of the body.
  5. Examine the physiological basis and philosophical underpinnings for these techniques and their effect on the body
  6. Perform advanced soft tissue technique

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including recorded lectures, practical classes and flexible learning resources.

Recorded lecture presentations are used to distribute key concepts, revise assumed knowledge and enable you to develop knowledge of concepts for performance of technique in appropriate situations, the understanding of the role of nutrition in maintain health, and the clinical requirements and expectations of osteopathic practice in Australia. Lecture material and related resources are available on RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

Practical participation encourages you to practice taught material in lectures and demonstrations and to ask questions and receive confirmation from your supervising teachers. During practical classes clinical simulation activities involving group discussion encourage independent opinion and provide shared experiences from which you and your fellow students can learn.

You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience. The activities associated with this course are organised into learning modules.

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. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early formative assessment task 1: Annotated bibliography

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 2: Online quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 3: Nutrition case study

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 4: Practical video and critical reflection

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 4, 5 & 6