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Lismore

Unit description

Provides a comprehensive introduction to clinical skills required in the holistic assessment of the individual with particular emphasis on osteopathic physical examination. 

Unit content

  • Communication  and patient interview skills
  • Mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders compared to normal anatomy and physiology
  • Signs and symptoms of common conditions of regions and systems of the body
  • Critical analysis of the evidence supporting assessment and diagnosis of common conditions
  • Physical assessment of the regions of the body, integrating the neurological, musculoskeletal and visceral systems
  • Developing management plans for common clinical problems
  • Professional behaviour and ethico-legal requirements for health care practice
 

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
1demonstrate basic patient interview and effective communication skillsEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
2contrast the mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders to normal anatomy and physiology of specific regions and systems of the body Knowledge of a discipline
3identify and interpret the signs and symptoms of disease affecting specific regions and systems of the bodyKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate beginner skills of physical assessment of specific regions and systems of the bodyEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5formulate safe, hypothetical management plans for common clinical problems of specific regions and systems of the bodyEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6demonstrate adherence to ethico-legal requirements for health care practice and developing professional behaviourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills

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

  1. demonstrate basic patient interview and effective communication skills
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. contrast the mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders to normal anatomy and physiology of specific regions and systems of the body
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. identify and interpret the signs and symptoms of disease affecting specific regions and systems of the body
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate beginner skills of physical assessment of specific regions and systems of the body
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. formulate safe, hypothetical management plans for common clinical problems of specific regions and systems of the body
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. demonstrate adherence to ethico-legal requirements for health care practice and developing professional behaviour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Bickley, LS & Szilagyi, PG, 2012, Bates' guide to physical examination and history taking, 11th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Edited by Nicola J. Petty ; foreword by Alison Rushton, 2011, Neuromusculoskeletal examination and assessment: a handbook for therapists, 4th edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Edinburgh.
  • Stein-Parbury, J, 2014, Patient & person: interpersonal skills in nursing , 5th edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Practical session 3 hrs (12 wks)
Community/Professional placement 44 hrs (Across the session)
Assessment
Filmed presentation - patient interviewSR
Performance of systems examinationSR
OSCE40%
Exam: closed book60%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Practical session 3 hrs (12 wks)
Community/Professional placement 44 hrs (Across the session)
Assessment
Filmed presentation - patient interviewSR
Performance of systems examinationSR
OSCE40%
Exam: closed book60%
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

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