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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Further develops clinical reasoning skills required in the holistic assessment of the individual with particular emphasis on osteopathic physical examination.  Develops students' clinical reasoning skills as they interpret clinical findings and their consequences for clinical practice. Advances students’ ability to integrate neuro-musculoskeletal and other physical assessment into osteopathic clinical practice.

Unit content

  • 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
  • Clinical reasoning skills: Interpreting clinical findings and developing individual management plans for patients with a wide range of 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate systematic, thorough patient interview and effective communication skills
2 contrast the mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system to normal anatomy and physiology
3 integrate signs and symptoms of a wide range of diseases of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems to generate relevant lists of differential diagnoses
4 demonstrate effective and competent skills in neurological assessment protocols, orthopaedic assessment protocols and musculoskeletal assessment protocols
5 use clinical reasoning to select appropriate patient assessment strategies in order to formulate adequate working diagnoses
6 construct relevant and comprehensive overall management plans for a variety of working diagnoses

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

  1. demonstrate systematic, thorough patient interview and effective communication skills
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  2. contrast the mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system to normal anatomy and physiology
    • GA4:
  3. integrate signs and symptoms of a wide range of diseases of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems to generate relevant lists of differential diagnoses
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. demonstrate effective and competent skills in neurological assessment protocols, orthopaedic assessment protocols and musculoskeletal assessment protocols
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. use clinical reasoning to select appropriate patient assessment strategies in order to formulate adequate working diagnoses
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  6. construct relevant and comprehensive overall management plans for a variety of working diagnoses
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

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.
  • Petty, NJ (D.) 2011, foreword by Alison Rushton, 2011, Neuromusculoskeletal examination and assessment : a handbook for therapists, 4th edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Edinburgh.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.