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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Introductory

Pre-requisites

BIO72130 - Human Pathophysiology AND Osteopathic Diagnosis 1

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
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

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
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. demonstrate the diagnostic processes in these systems, including physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  4. construct management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic process
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  5. demonstrate beginning clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills
    • GA4:
    • GA5: