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Unit description

Provides students with a deepening understanding of the diagnostic theory and methods in primary care medicine, with particular focus on diagnostic imaging, orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurology and pain management. This unit also aims to develop advanced clinical reasoning while integrating the osteopathic principles and practices in patient care. Simulated clinical cases are used to develop clinical reasoning skills.

Unit content

  • Principles of diagnostic imaging
    • Physics
    • Radiology
  • Principles of pain management
    • Review of physiology and pathology of pain
    • Advanced diagnostic skills
    • Pain management in osteopathic practice
  • Principles of orthopaedics
    • Review of pathology
    • Advanced diagnostic skills
  • Principles of rheumatology
    • Review of pathology
    • Advanced diagnostic skills
  • Principles of neurology
    • Review of neuromuscular physiology
    • Pain studies
    • Review of pathology
    • Advanced diagnostic skills
  •  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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Case study60%
Exam: closed book40%

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

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Fee information


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