Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides students with a deepening understanding of the diagnostic theory and methods in primary care medicine, with particular concentration on the modules of Diagnostic Imaging, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Neurology. This unit also aims to integrate the osteopathic principles and practices into patient problems in these systems.

Unit content

Topic 1: Principles of diagnostic imaging

  • Physics
  • Radiology

Topic 2: Principles of orthopaedics

  • Review of pathology
  • Advanced diagnostic skills

Topic 3: Principles of rheumatology

  • Review of pathology
  • Advanced diagnostic skills

Topic 4: Principles of neurology

  • Review of neuromuscular physiology
  • Motor control and learning
  • Review of pathology
  • Advanced diagnostic skills

Topic 5: Case study development, including:

  • Case history interview
  • Integration of basic and clinical sciences
  • Nutritional and lifestyle considerations
  • Diagnostic work up
  • Development of a rational management plan

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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


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

Fee paying courses
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