Course Title: Introduction to Clinical Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Clinical Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Lee Muddle

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7701

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Required Concurrent Study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course will further your skills of gathering clinical data such as a case history, expose you to the nature and presentations of common musculoskeletal conditions managed by osteopaths, utilise a clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, and practical skills to perform clinical, physical examinations to narrow your diagnosis. The practical work in this course simulates a practice environment and involves role play as clinician and patient, which provides skills in examining a patient for musculoskeletal findings that may form the basis of diagnosis in clinical practice. 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 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 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider

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

  1. Reconcile the pathophysiology of common musculoskeletal conditions with patient signs and symptoms (PLO 2,3)
  2. Demonstrate clinical reasoning to formulate a list of differential diagnoses of common musculoskeletal conditions. (PLO 1,2,3)
  3. Complete a neuro-orthopaedic musculoskeletal examination from the differential diagnoses. (PLO 1,2,3)
  4. Formulate a working diagnosis based on evidence based practice (PLO 1,3)
  5. Compose comprehensive accounts of clinical encounters which meet medico-legal requirements for on-going care and patient management (PLO 3,5)


Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures are used to introduce new learning concepts: both theoretical and practical, and revise essential knowledge requirements.  Lecture material and related resources are available on the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).   Tutorials alternatively, encourage and enable you to develop skill acquisition by applying and practising the material presented in the lectures and practical classes. You can ask questions and receive clarification and feedback from your supervising teachers in real time.  You are expected to dress appropriately for practical tutorials to allow for the application of skills taught.  This will be discussed further in class.   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.

Teacher Guided Hours: 60 per semester comprising 2x 2 hour lecture, 1x 1 hour tutorial Learner

Directed Hours: 60 per semester consisting of review of lecture material, additional suggested reading, and skill acquisition.

Progression and Attendance Requirements: Attendance of classes are compulsory. Students need to demonstrate competency in the delivery of practical techniques in a safe and skilful manner on their peers. This will be very difficult to justify if practical classes (ie supervised laboratory) are missed. Students whom have not attended at least 80% of practical classes during semester will not be offered an additional assessment opportunity to demonstrate safety and practical skills if they are unable to demonstrate safe practice in the final practical assessment. If there is a valid reason for you not to attend a practical class, you must do the following:

  1. Apply for special consideration
  2. Complete an absence from compulsory class form and submit to the course coordinator
  3. Seek alternative arrangement well in advance of the final practical assessment to work out how you will be able to demonstrate safety and practical skills competency.

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

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

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).

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at:

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Short assignment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2:

Quiz Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Viva Voce (uploaded video)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 5

Assessment 4: End of semester written exam

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment 5: End of semester practical exam (Hurdle requirement)

Weighting 25%

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

Note: Students must pass all hurdles to successfully complete this course. Students that fail any hurdle assessment, but have passed the theory assessment overall, will have their academic performance and attendance reviewed at the course assessment committee. If a supplementary assessment is granted by the committee, the student will have a second and final attempt at demonstrating safety and practical skills. If the student passes the hurdle assessment on the second attempt the grade will be recorded as a ‘supplementary pass (SP)’. However, if the student fails, the grade will be recorded as ‘NH’ (Failed mandatory hurdle requirement) and consequently fail the course. In osteopathy courses with technique components, students are examined for both their theoretical understanding and for their development of competence in osteopathic technique. Consequently, students must obtain a passing grade in both the theoretical and practical components of this course. In addition, students who have not successfully attained a 50% overall score in the theoretical components of the course, and do not pass their first attempt in the final practical assessment, will not be entitled to further practical assessment opportunities.