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

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

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):

  • PLO2 gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO3 practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  • PLO4 demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;
  • PLO5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  • PLO8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.


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

  1. Perform a search of the health and medical databases for scientific literature in a systematic method to gather literature relevant to the subject matter.
  2. Evaluate and critically analyse scientific literature to understand the methodology undertaken and its translation to clinical practice.
  3. Apply current and up-to-date scientific knowledge in order to practice in an evidence informed manner.
  4. Explain the role of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in osteopathic practice.
  5. Demonstrate the application of functional technique on all motion segments of the body.
  6. Examine the physiological basis and philosophical underpinnings for these techniques and their effect on the body.


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 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.

Tutorial base clinical simulation activities involving group discussion to encourage independent opinion and provide shared experiences from which you and your fellow students can learn.

Teacher Guided Hours: 30 per semester comprising lectures (12 x 1 hour lectures) and practorials (12 x 1.5 hour practicals)

Learner Directed Hours: 78 per semester consisting of review of lecture material and additional essential readings

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) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Early & Ongoing Assessment Task 1: Quiz

Weighting 20% (2 x 10%)

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

Assessment Task 2: Critical review and reflection

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 5 & 6

Assessment 3: Group Assignment

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 4: Functional Technique Practical Exam (HURDLE)

Weighting 0% (Pass/Fail)

This assessment task supports CLOs 5 & 6

Assessment Task 5: Written Exam

Weighting 35%

This assessment task support CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5