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Gold Coast
Lismore

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify the signs and symptoms of disease in patient presentations in the orthopaedic, rheumatological, and neurological systems
2demonstrate the diagnostic processes in these systems, including physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
3critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
4construct management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic process
5demonstrate beginning clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills

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

  1. identify the signs and symptoms of disease in patient presentations in the orthopaedic, rheumatological, and neurological systems
  2. demonstrate the diagnostic processes in these systems, including physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
  3. critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
  4. construct management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic process
  5. demonstrate beginning clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study60%
PresentationSR
Exam: take home40%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study60%
PresentationSR
Exam: take home40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. 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 teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

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International

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