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Gold Coast
Lismore

Unit description

Provides a critical and reflective introduction to the history and principles of osteopathic medicine, the osteopathic concept of diagnosis and treatment, and commences the palpatory knowledge of somatic tissues by the study of surface anatomy.

Unit content

  • Introduction to unit and program
  • Palpation introduction and critical review
  • Philosophy - concept and principles in the context of osteopathic principles
  • Soft tissue methods – general and regional
  • Introduction to Information Literacy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1develop an understanding of reasoning and critical reflection, especially with regards to the history and principles of osteopathic medicineCreativity
2demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of osteopathic medicine, particularly in relation to a holistic health paradigmCreativityCultural competence
3explain the context of osteopathic medicine in the Australian and international health sectorsKnowledge of a discipline
4demonstrate and explain the basic concepts of osteopathic diagnosisKnowledge of a discipline
5demonstrate and reflect upon safe and effective basic soft tissue skills and body handlingKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop an understanding of reasoning and critical reflection, especially with regards to the history and principles of osteopathic medicine
    • GA2: Creativity
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of osteopathic medicine, particularly in relation to a holistic health paradigm
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. explain the context of osteopathic medicine in the Australian and international health sectors
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate and explain the basic concepts of osteopathic diagnosis
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate and reflect upon safe and effective basic soft tissue skills and body handling
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • DeStefano, L, 2017, Greenman's Principles of Manual Medicine, 5th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia USA.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 6 hours per week (Across the session)
Assessment
Exam: closed book35%
Exam: practical30%
Essay15%
Exam: practical20%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 6 hours per week (Across the session)
Assessment
Exam: closed book35%
Exam: practical30%
Essay15%
Exam: practical20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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