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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate basic patient interview and effective communication 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
3 identify and interpret the signs and symptoms of disease affecting specific regions and systems of the body
4 demonstrate beginner skills of physical assessment of specific regions and systems of the body
5 formulate safe, hypothetical management plans for common clinical problems of specific regions and systems of the body
6 demonstrate adherence to ethico-legal requirements for health care practice and developing professional behaviour

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

  1. demonstrate basic patient interview and effective communication 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
  3. identify and interpret the signs and symptoms of disease affecting specific regions and systems of the body
  4. demonstrate beginner skills of physical assessment of specific regions and systems of the body
  5. formulate safe, hypothetical management plans for common clinical problems of specific regions and systems of the body
  6. demonstrate adherence to ethico-legal requirements for health care practice and developing professional behaviour