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1. Qualification                                2. Programme Title

                BSc (Hons.)                             Osteopathic Studies

3. Teaching Institution                             4. Programme Type

Osteopathie Schule Deutschland                  Modular
Frahmredder 16                                  4 year Part-time
22393 Hamburg                                   At different Centers: Bremen, Hamburg,
Germany                                         Siegen, Stuttgart

5. Aims and Distinctive Features of the Programme
Main purpose:
    • to educate and train in osteopathy health professionals to the highest professional
        level in line with European standards
    • to set the standards in Germany for education and training in osteopathy at a
        university level

Special features:

           • four years part-time training following a one year part-time foundation course
           • the course is divided into two cycles of two academic years each (two
               semesters per academic year)
           • students attend two seminars (of six days each) at the European School of
               Osteopathy in the UK adding an international element to the course
           • combines the more traditional aspects of osteopathy, its principles and
               philosophy with the newest developments
           • the study of osteopathy is supported by a number of complementary modules in
               medicine, psychology, biomechanics and methodology
           • dissection classes are an integral part of the course adding to the students’
               understanding of the human body
           • the programme includes supervised Clinical Practice in years two, three and four
           • the programme is delivered by a pool of teachers recruited nationally and
               international each of whom is an expert in the field they teach

Language of Instruction and Assessment:

6. Criteria for Admission to the Programme (including relevant English language
score required)
In order to be admitted in the BSc students must be either medical doctors, physiotherapists,
masseurs or Heilpraktiker and have passed the foundation year.

Students transferring from other osteopathic schools may be exempted for individual modules
or the whole of the foundation year at the discretion of the OSD.

   Students could be considered for APL and get exemption from modules within the first
   part of the BSc. All applications for APL must be approved by the University of Wales.
   In order to graduate with a BSc, physiotherapists will need to pass the Heilpraktiker
   exam.(as long as they are living and practicing in Germany).

7. Programme Learning Outcomes: What a Graduate Should Know and be able to
do on Completion of the Programme

To gain the qualification the student will have demonstrated i) subject knowledge and
understanding ii) cognitive skills iii) subject-specific practical and professional skills and iv)
other general skills and capabilities specified in the learning outcomes for modules within the

i) Knowledge and              ii) Cognitive                  iii) Subject-                   iv)
understanding in              skills                         specific                        General\transferable
the context of the                                           practical\profess               skills
subject                                                      ional skills
                principles                     apply                          case            reflective and self-evaluating
  and philosophy of            knowledge              and     history taking to allow         skills
  osteopathy as the            understanding gained           for the development             discursive and writing skills
  basis for osteopathic        to               different     of     a      preliminary       good communication skills
  treatment;                   situations/contexts;           differential diagnosis;         abstract thinking
                osteopat                       evaluate                       observat        critical and independent
  hic     and     medical      own actions;                   ion, examination and            enquiry and the ability to
  terminology;                                 integrate      diagnostic abilities to         challenge ideas
                detailed       knowledge (old, new,           come to a working               autonomous research
  anatomy and applied          osteopathic, medical,          diagnosis and plan of           data handling
  anatomy        of    the     psychological etc.) for        management;                     presentation skills
  musculoskeletal              a                  holistic                    palpator        organisational skills
  system, the body             understanding/approa           y skills to determine           group work
  cavities     and     the     ch of the patient;             as exactly as possible          time management and
  skull, neuroanatomy                          interrelat     tissue    states       and      achievement of deadlines
  of     the       central,    e functions within the         somatic dysfunction;
  peripheral          and      body;                                          physical
  autonomic       nervous                      solve          and manual dexterity;
  system              and      osteopathic            and                     treatme
  biomechanics          all    medical        diagnostic      nt technique skills
  applied               to     and            treatment       from a variety of
  osteopathy;                  problems and act               osteopathic
                physiolog      accordingly;                   backgrounds;
  y                   and                      calculate                      patient
  pathophysiology       of     possible outcomes to           handling              skills
  the     human      body      treatment and contra-          ensuring safe, caring
  sufficient to interpret      indications;                   and         professional
  normal function of                           justify        interaction            with
  the human body and           specific application of        patients;
  its diseases;                osteopathic                                    general
                internal       techniques/approache           clinical skills ensuring
  medicine,                    s, advice given to the         further the safety and
  orthopaedics,                patient and referrals;         care of patients;
  neurology,                                   use/work                       skills
  psychology          and      with abstract data             associated             with
  rheumatology linked          and concepts to come           collection of data for
  to       signs      and      up with solutions to a         research including the
  symptoms,                    number of situations;          construction         of a
  behaviour, conditions                        work           report          following
  and            diseases;     with hypothesis;               issued guidelines;
  sufficient to interpret                      critically                     osteopat
  findings in view of          analyse and evaluate           hic     and       medical
  differential                 own       and       others     terminology.
  diagnosis,                   research data, opine
  examination                  on       validity      and
  procedures and safe          reliability of outcomes
  osteopathic practice.        viewed against past
  Knowledge on when
to refer a patient to           and current research
another specialist;             literature;
               basic                        defend
knowledge of imaging            own research;
techniques       for     the                recognis
musculoskeletal system          e own strenghts and
or body cavities in order       weaknesses and plan
to be able to interpret x-      for improvement.
rays, scans etc. or
request them;
               ability     to
take a full case history,
write appropriate case
notes,         summarise,
collect and order data
for use in practice and
skills in the form of
clinical       osteopathic
examination       of     the
patient using skilful
examination procedures
such as observation,
palpation, active and
passive mobility tests,
écoute, special tests,
etc. in the context of
their     relevance       for
differential      diagnosis
and treatment planning;
skills in the form of
clinical            medical
screening               and
neurologic examination
in the context of their
relevance for diagnosis,
osteopathic      treatment
or referral;
of tissue quality and
state of function or
dysfunction         through
of osteopathic principles
in the treatment of
patients with the use of
a variety of osteopathic
approaches              and
techniques individually
tailored to the patients’
needs and diagnosis;
of       the        patient,
treatment outcomes and
further       plans       for
treatment               and
of and ability to inform
the patient on life style
issues such as diet and
other          prophylactic
advice in general;
patient handling and
communication skills in
osteopathic         practice
using a patient-centered
 practitioner self care
 such       as     adequate
 posture when treating
 and care for own well
 being and environment;
 ng of the importance of
 commitment to life-long
 on how to undertake
 independent        research
 showing the ability to
 collect      data       using
 methodology               and
 statistics,         critically
 evaluate the data in
 relation to the existing
 of ethical issues both in
 research and practice.

8. Qualities, Skills and Capabilities Profile

The educational and training goals of the programme seek to promote and demonstrate the
following qualities, skills, capabilities and values in the student:

i) Intellectual                            ii) Practical                            iii) Personal and Social

                academic study skills                      apply                                   awareness of the
 applied   to      the   study    of        osteopathic/medical diagnostic           needs and feelings of others and
 osteopathy;                                skills in order to come to an            ability to communicate;
               critical     evaluation      accurate diagnosis;                                    communicate with
 and use of data collected during                          use fine palpatory        other osteopathic or health
 clinical work or through research;         skills in order to determine tissue      professionals effectively;
               capacity              to     states, find the correct tissue to be                  ability to work in a
 synthesise       and      summarize        treated and examine treatment            team;
 information and generate working           outcome;                                               self-awareness and
 hypothesis/differential diagnosis;                        apply osteopathic and     self-care;
               capacity to test the         medical treatment skills taking into                   considerate towards
 validity          of         working       consideration patient and                others and ethical.
 hypothesis/differential diagnosis;         practitioner comfort, positioning
               problem solving skills       and handling;
 when      dealing      with     clinic,                   prepare reports,
 osteopathic       and     intellectual     papers, referral letters etc. for
 challenges       as       well      as     own, research or professional use;
 contradictory information found in                        research skills to
 research and publications;                 pursue research projects
               justification          of    independently;
 chosen      strategies     both      in                   uses strategies to
 osteopathic clinic and research;           cope with own identified
               interpretation         of    weaknesses.
 diagnostic findings and data
 gathering findings;
               awareness of ethical
 issues involved when treating
 patients or conducting research.
9. Main Subjects, Levels, Credits and Qualifications

Detail the programme structure, requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards

      In order to obtain a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathic studies students will have to obtain a
      minimum of 360 credits (240 credits at level 4 and 5 and 120 credits at level 6). Each
      academic year will have a total value of 90 credits.
      Exit award BSc: Certificate in Health Studies - 120 credits at level 4 and 5
                              Diploma in Health Studies - 240 credits at level 5 or 6

First part

             Year One                                                               90 credits       Level
             Semester one:
             Biomechanics                                                 10                           4

             Semester two:
             Cranial osteopathy I                                         15                           5
             Visceral osteopathy I                                        15                           5
             Osteopathy and the ANS                                       10                           5

             *Parietal   osteopathy I (consists of four parts)            40                     5
                  •       Palpation
                  •       Strain / Counterstrain
                  •       Thorax
                  •       L-spine

             *year long module

             Year two                                                               180                      credits
             Semester one:
             Nutritional physiology                                            10                      5
             Parietal osteopathy II (consists of tree parts)                   25                      5
                  •     Blagrave
                  •     C-spine
                  •     Upper Extremity

         Visceral osteopathy II                                                15                      5

             Semester two:
             Cranial osteopathy II and BLT                                      20                     5
             Clinical methods, history taking and ethics                        10                     5

             Clinical Practice I                                                    10                 5
Second part

          Year three                                                270 credits       Level   % contribution
          Semester one:
          Visceral osteopathy III                                        15               6           6.66
          Parietal osteopathy III                                        15               6           6.66
          Associated medical studies                                     15               5           6.66

          Semester two:
          Special osteopathic studies                                    10               5           4.44
          Cranial osteopathy III                                         15               5           6.66
          Internal medicine I                                            10               6           4.44

          Clinical Practice II                                           10               5           4.47

        Total year contribution                              40 %

          Year four                                                 360 credits       Level   % contribution
          Semester one:
          Methodology and statistics                                     10               6           6.66
          Visceral osteopathy IV                                         10               6           6.66
          Internal medicine II                                           10               6           6.66

          Semester two:
          Special osteopathic studies and integration                    20               6          13.33
          Cranial osteopathy IV                                          10               6           6.66

          Dissertation                                                   20               6          13.35

          Clinical Practice III                                          10               6           6.69

         Total year contribution                             60 %

Formulae: module credits / year credits x total year contribution = module contribution

(e.g. visceral osteopathy: 15 / 90 x 40 = 6.66)
10. Teaching and Learning Strategy : Details of how the Scheme will be Delivered

The programme of study offered at the Osteopathie Schule Deutschland is organised under a
modular system spread across four years of part-time studying. In order to be admitted into
the programme students must attend and pass a foundation year.

Each academic year is divided into two semesters, semester one goes from February to July
and semester two from August to January.

The four years of study are divided into two parts. Towards the end of the first part (years
one and two of the programme) students have already acquired enough basic osteopathic
and clinical competence to start with clinical osteopathy. The second part (years three and
four of the programme) is mainly geared towards interpretation, integration and specialised
knowledge. It is during the second part that students may fulfill a more integrative role within
the school and assist students in the years below during certain practical subjects under the
supervision of teachers. Following the foundation year (which is taught at level 4) students
are taken into level 5 during the first cycle of the programme. Once in the second part they
are slowly introduced to level 6 (year three mixes levels 5 and 6) and year four is entirely
level 6 by which time students are expected to be able to undertake their own independent
research project in the form of a dissertation.

Modules are mostly taught by mixing theory and practice all along. Other modules with a
naturally high theoretical component are nutritional physiology, osteopathy and the
autonomic nervous system, neurology, internal medicine I and II, methodology and statistics
as well as orthopaedics and radiology. These modules are delivered using a mixture of
lectures and seminars where small study groups have the possibility to discuss topics and
work on group presentations. The main objective of the theoretical component of the course
is to ensure that students acquire a good base knowledge in order to interpret findings
correctly and safely prior to treatment. Most of this information is delivered to students via

The more practical component of the course relates to the study of a wide array of
osteopathic approaches and diagnoses. These modules mix a theoretical and a practical
aspect and are designed to enable the student to have hands on knowledge of osteopathy
while ensuring adequate knowledge of the theories that lie behind techniques and treatment.
Emphasis is placed on a skilled and safe practice using fellow students and anatomic models
in the learning process. These modules take the form of lectures and practical workshops
where a number of teaching methods and materials are used such as slides, overhead
projectors, computer animations, videos and role-plays as well as practice of technique on
fellow students.
Students have an opportunity to practice with real patients under the supervision of
professional osteopaths during Clinical Practice modules. These modules are organised during
years two, three and four. Here students take patient histories, examine and treat accordingly
using appropriate osteopathic techniques.

To enhance the students learning experience and to give an international edge to the course
students are requested to attend two summer schools at the European School of Osteopathy
in Maidstone, UK. Students attend summer school in years one and three each time for six
days in total.

Students are required to take part in four dissection courses of two days duration each.
These courses, which are held at a number of German universities with which the OSD has
collaborative agreements, may be taken at any time during the four years of the programme
of study as well as during the foundation year. Students with previous medical training are
not required to attend dissection classes. These courses, which are formative and not
formally assessed, give students the opportunity to see and handle structures that they will
treat in the course of their work as an osteopath.
To round up the learning experience for the student, the OSD also offers some extracurricular
courses such as body awareness training or may start/end the study day with yoga or
meditation/relaxation sessions to encourage the student to think about his/her own health
and wellbeing.

11. Assessment

 i) Main Features of           the   Programme’s     Overall    ii) Methods of Assessment
 Assessment Scheme                                              (including weighting of

 Methods of assessment used will be in accordance with the      Most non-clinical modules are
 specific learning outcomes (theory modules) and the specific   assessed through a mix of
 competency statements (practical modules).                     practical     and/or    written
 *Please refer to the module descriptors for individual         exams and coursework. Some
 methods of assessment.                                         modules such as nutritional
                                                                physiology and methodology
                                                                and statistics are assessed by
                                                                100% coursework in the form
                                                                of essays while others such
                                                                as        biomechanics       or
                                                                neuroanatomy are assessed
                                                                using     a    100%     written
                                                                examination. As part of the
                                                                continuous         assessment,
                                                                students will usually be
                                                                required to prepare different
                                                                types       of     coursework.
                                                                Coursework can be            an
                                                                individual exercise (such as
                                                                writing an essay) or a group
                                                                exercise (for example a group
                                                                presentation).       Conditions
                                                                apply and students will need
                                                                to pass obtain a minimum of
                                                                40% in each element of
                                                                assessment in order to pass
                                                                the module.

                                                                The three clinical modules are
                                                                assessed using report forms
                                                                and single case reports where
                                                                skills laid out in the form of
                                                                competency statements have
                                                                to be satisfied in order to
                                                                pass the module. Although no
                                                                marking scheme will apply to
                                                                Clinical Practice modules, an
                                                                overall 80% of the skills
                                                                pointed out in the clinical
                                                                report forms will need to be
                                                                passed in order to progress.
                                                                Some skills which are crucial
                                                                to safe clinical osteopathy
                                                                (pointed out in the report
                                                                forms) are compulsory and
                                                              failure in those will result in
                                                              an overall fail.

                                                              Theoretical  and    practical
                                                              exams take place at the end
                                                              of each academic year.

                                                              so that all practical skills are
                                                              assessed at the same time
                                                              but    retaining      individual
                                                              assessment in the form of

                                                              The practical components are
                                                              assessed      via   practical
                                                              demonstration of particular
                                                              skills coupled with oral

12. Benchmark Statements

(i) List the QAA Benchmark Statement(s) consulted as part of the programme
design process:

13. Key Skills Mapping
A mapping exercise should be conducted to demonstrate how the key skills identified by the
Validation Board are being developed, assessed and recorded within validated programmes.
The key skills identified by the Board are:

-Information technology and information skills
-Working with others
-Problem solving
-Study skills

14. Date the Programme specification was written/amended:
January 2010

 Notes of Guidance - for validated centres when completing the programme specification

Section 1             Qualification - nature of degree award e.g. BSc (Hons), BA (Ord), MBA.

Section 2             Programme title - full title of the scheme of study e.g. Business Administration
                      and Marketing, Architectural Science.

Section 3             Teaching Institution – the institution at which the programme will be delivered.

Section 4             Programme type - e.g. full time or part time, modular\non-modular, distance

Section 5             Aims and distinctive features of the programme - including details of what
                      the programme sets out to achieve (under main purposes). Include details of why
                      the programme is distinctive and relevant (e.g. for local or national needs) under
                      special features. The language of instruction and assessment should be listed.

Section 6             Criteria for Admission to the Programme –

Section 7             What a graduate should know and be able to do on completion of the
                      programme - provide full details of the programme learning outcomes, i.e. the
                      expected skills\knowledge which the student will acquire when undertaking the
                      scheme of study (under each of the four separate headings provided).

Section 8             Qualities, Skills and Capabilities Profile - list the most important qualities
                      that undertaking the programme will bring to the student under each of the three
                      headings provided, e.g. critical reasoning, research and professional skills, self-
                      motivation, teamwork.

Section 9             Main subject, levels, credits and qualifications - fully describe the
                      programme structure, including the length of the programme (years of study) and
                      the mode of study (full or part-time etc), pathways, routes, options. Attach
                      appropriate credit values and levels of study for each module or unit of study
                      (modular credit ratings must be within the framework described in University of
                      Wales Regulations).

                      Provide a diagrammatic representation of the entire programme. The following is
                      an example:
                                                                                Bachelor Honours Degree 360 credits

Compulsory Modules          Sport Science Modules            Coaching Science Modules      Exercise Science Option
Research Project (40)       Sports Injury (10)               Business in Sport (10)        Exercise & the Elderly (10)
Contextual Studies (20)     Rehabilitation (10)              Managing Teams (10)           Paediatric Exercise Science (10)
                            Paediatric Sport Science (10)    Training Theory (10)          Women & Exercise (10)
                            Adapted Physical Activity (10)   Developing Strength (10)      Injury (10)
                            Science of Athletics (10)        Assessing Coaches (10)        Rehabilitation (10)
                            Science of Swimming (10)         Performance Analysis (10)     Exercise & Mental Health (10)
                                                                                                HE Diploma 240 credits

Compulsory Modules          Sport Science Modules            Coaching Science Modules     Exercise Science Option
Methods of Enquiry (20)     Assessment      of     Sports    Coaching Pedagogy (20)       Epidemiology and CHD (20)
Contextual Studies (20)     Performer (20)                   Improving Performance (20)   Exercise Testing and Prescription
                            Assessment      of     Sports    Practical Coaching (20)      (20)
Elective Modules            Performance (20)                                              Exercise Behaviour (20)
Disability Sport (20)       Scientific Support for Sports
Motor Development (20)      Performer (20)
Sports Technology (20)
Progressive Coaching (20)
                                                                                  HE Certificate 120 credits

Compulsory Modules         Elective Modules
Movement Systems (20)      Disability Sport (20)
Biological Systems (20)    Motor Development (20)
Behavioural Systems (20)   Sports Technology (20)
Contextual Studies (20)    Effective Coaching (20)
Methods of Enquiry (20)

Section 10           Teaching and Learning Strategy – provide details of how the programme will
                     be delivered in order to ensure that the learning outcomes can be achieved e.g.
                     case studies, group work, seminars, lectures.

Section 11           Assessment
                     i) Main features of the programme’s overall assessment scheme

                     - link assessment details to the credit rating of each module and to the learning
                     outcomes of each module and the degree scheme overall;

                     - provide full details of re-sit opportunities, pass marks, compensation,
                     progression etc.

                     ii) Methods of assessment

                     - list the methods of assessment employed for the overall scheme of study, e.g.
                     unseen written examinations, assignments, major project\dissertation, open book

Section 12           Benchmark Statements

                     - list the QAA Benchmark Statement(s) consulted as part of the programme
                     design process: the expectation is that the award will conform to the subject
                     benchmarks recognised in the UK.

Section 13           Key Skills

                     - list how the key skills identified by the Validation Board are being developed,
                     assessed and recorded. See Validation Board guidance on key skills (Appendix
                     12). The expectation is that each key skill would be tested at least twice within
                     each level of the programme, though a flexible approach will be adopted by
                     Panels of Assessors in order to take account of the nature of the particular

Section 14           Date of Programme Specification

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