CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHIR11001 Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 1
Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 1
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 02-04-20

The end of term examination has now been changed to an alternate form of assessment. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.

Mid term practical assessment will take the form of a video submission or similar mechanism. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.

General Information

Overview

This unit offers you an introduction to the principles and practice of chiropractic, within the context of the Australian health care system. The overall structure of the Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 1 unit covers integrated material on topics to prepare you for progressively more complex health-related units in the course. As such, it commences with etymology (medical terminology); basic musculoskeletal assessment protocols; postural observation and analysis; movement (active and passive ranges of motion); psychomotor palpation skills to spinal and peripheral anatomy landmarks; elementary biomechanics; history of manipulation and founding philosophical principles of chiropractic.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Weighting: 60%
3. Examination
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback as per individual response on "Have Your Say".

Feedback

The students generally appreciated the level of material content, class discussions, teacher to student ratio and the opportunity for interaction with hands on learning experience so that they could understand and engage in the various activity tasks.

Recommendation

Continue to engage enthusiastic and pro-active academic and casual staff so that the ratio of student to teacher is maintained at a mutually beneficial level. The number of hours provided for technique related skills acquisiton at this level is adequate so no further changes would be deemed necessary.

Feedback from Student feedback as per individual response on "Have Your Say".

Feedback

Teachers were very knowledgeable, always available, supportive, and helpful. The students appreciated being explained not just the 'how' to do things, but 'why' which provided relevance to them.

Recommendation

Acknowledge the professionalism of the casual staff and continue to encourage and support their efforts to continue teaching.

Feedback from Student feedback as per individual response on "Have Your Say".

Feedback

There was some disconnect between tutors as to expectations and interpretation of marking rubrics on OSCE exams, variations in tutors' assessments and the opportunity to receive feedback.

Recommendation

The unit coordinator will endeavour to reinforce communication at the beginning of each term and immediately before the practical OSCE exams to ensure that the tutors are aware of the unit coordinator's expectations etc.

Feedback from Student feedback as per individual response on "Have Your Say".

Feedback

Some concern was expressed as to the style and quality of the recorded lectures. The students also commented on the quizzes and study guide questions requiring more self-directed learning and critical thinking application at this entry level unit.

Recommendation

The opportunity will be taken over the summer term to further update and refine the learning resources.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Define the principles and practice of chiropractic and discuss how philosophical chiropractic approaches are applied in a modern health paradigm
  2. Describe biomechanical principles relevant to chiropractic practice
  3. Perform and interpret musculoskeletal assessment tasks using postural observation, range of motion measurements and static palpation of spinal and axial landmarks

Not applicable

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - On-campus Activity - 0%
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - 60%
3 - Examination - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - On-campus Activity - 0%
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - 60%
3 - Examination - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Chiropractic technique: Principles and procedures 3rd (2010)

Authors: Bergmann T, Peterson D
Elsevier
St Louis St Louis , USA
ISBN: 9780323049696
Binding: Hardcover
Prescribed

Evidence Informed Muscle Manual 2nd edn (2018)

Authors: Vizniak, N
Professional Health Systems Inc
Canada
ISBN: 978-0-9732742-2-6
Binding: Spiral

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

No referencing style set.

Teaching Contacts
David Hannah Unit Coordinator
d.hannah@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Introduction to the unit.

Etymology

Body planes, anatomical terms, range of motion

Introduction to the profession

Induction to the practical lab


Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, pages 3 – 9, “Anatomical Planes and Body Regions”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, pages 20-24, “Joint Motion”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 11, “Bony Landmark Introduction”

Bergmann, T, Chiropractic Technique, Principles and Procedures, 3rd Edition (2011), pages

1 – 5 “Overview and History”

Bergmann, T, Chiropractic Technique, Principles and Procedures, 3rd Edition (2011), pages

11 -15 “Body Planes and Joint Motions”

Bergmann, T, Chiropractic Technique, Principles and Procedures, 3rd Edition (2011), pages 59-65

“Range of Motion Assessment”

Bergmann, T, Chiropractic Technique, Principles and Procedures, 3rd Edition (2011), pages 65-67, “Bony Palpation”

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Cervical spine and cranium

-Superficial landmarks

-Static palpation

-Range of Motion

Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 84-87, “Cervical Range of Motion”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 80, “Cervical Bones”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 33, "Cranium and face"

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Thoracic spine and chest

-Superficial landmarks

-Static palpation

-Range of Motion

History of manipulation

Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 118-119, “Thoracic Bones”

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lumbar spine and abdomen

-Superficial landmarks

-Static palpation

-Range of Motion

Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 161-163, “Lumbopelvic Range of Motion”

Lumbar spine section of Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 154-157, “Lumbopelvic Bones”

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Pelvis and hip

-Superficial landmarks

-Static palpation

-Range of Motion

Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 295, “Hip Range of Motion”

Hip section of Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 286, “Hip, Thigh and Knee Bones”, pages 348-350 “Ankle and Foot Bones”

Pelvis section of Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 154-157, “Lumbopelvic Bones”

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

No lectures

Mid term practical examination

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

The practical examination will be in the first practical session. Resit assessment, if required, will take place in the second session along with a post mortem of student performance and tips for improvement. 

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Shoulder

-Superficial landmarks-

Static palpation

-Range of Motion

Paradigms of Health

Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 195-197, “Shoulder Range of Motion”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 188, “Shoulder Bones”

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Elbow, forearm, wrist and hand

-Superficial landmarks

-Static palpation

-Range of Motion

Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 198-199, “Elbow Range of Motion”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 237-239, “Wrist/Hand Range of Motion”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 228, “Elbow, Forearm, Wrist and Hand Bones”

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Knee, leg, ankle and foot

-Superficial landmarks

-Static palpation

-Range of Motion

The Chiropractic profession in Australia

Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 297, “Knee Range of Motion”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 356-357, “Ankle and Foot Range of Motion”

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page 286, “Hip, Thigh and Knee Bones”, pages 348-350 “Ankle and Foot Bones”

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Postural examination

Chapter

Vizniak, N. Muscle Manual, page vii-ix, “Posture Assessment and Variations”

Bergmann, T, Chiropractic Technique, Principles and Procedures, 3rd Edition (2011), pages

55-56 and Figs 3-14, Table 3-2 “Postural Evaluation”

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Review week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

On Campus activity. Due: Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Final practical examination

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

The practical examination will be in the first practical session. Resit assessment, if required, will take place at a time determined between supervisor and student that week. There is no scheduled practical session this week. 


OSCE/Practical assessments Due: Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
On Campus activity.

Task Description

You must complete the on campus activities as listed in your Workbook. These must be signed off after each practical session as listed in the workbook. Both you and your supervisor must sign off. At some point during Week 11 you must present your Workbook to your practical class supervisor who will check that a sufficient number of classes have been attended and activities completed. You must attend at least 80% of all classes and have completed and signed off on 80% of the activities listed in order to pass this unit.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

Pass/Fail only. Failure to complete the required number of activities and to have these checked and signed off by your practical class supervisor in Week 11 will result in a Fail grade for the unit. 


Submission

No submission method provided.


Submission Instructions
Your practical class supervisor must view and check your Workbook during Week 11 of the term.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Define the principles and practice of chiropractic and discuss how philosophical chiropractic approaches are applied in a modern health paradigm
  • Describe biomechanical principles relevant to chiropractic practice
  • Perform and interpret musculoskeletal assessment tasks using postural observation, range of motion measurements and static palpation of spinal and axial landmarks


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Work

2 Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Assessment Title
OSCE/Practical assessments

Task Description

There is a practical examination in the first practical session of Week 6 and another in the first practical session of week 12.

Each is worth 30% of the total grade for this unit.

Each practical examination will consist of several components. Students must obtain a pass grade in each component of each practical examination in order to pass that examination.

Week 6  examination components may consist of:

a) Identification of superficial landmarks of the cranium, cervical spine, thoracic spine, chest, lumbar spine, abdomen, pelvis and hip

b) Range of motion assessment of the cervical spine, lumbar spine and hip.

c) Appropriate hygiene and consent procedures

Week 12 examination components may consist of:

a) Identification of superficial landmarks of the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, pelvis, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, knee, ankle and foot.

b) Range of motion assessment of the cervical spine, lumbar spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, knee, ankle and foot.

c) Appropriate consent and hygiene procedures. 

Failure to obtain a pass grade for any or all of the components at an examination will result in the student being required to complete a resit assessment in that component. Resits will be conducted in the second practical session of week 6 and for week 12, at a time determined between supervisor and student.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Examinations will be conducted in the first practical sessions of Weeks 6 and 12. Should a resit assessment be required this will take place in the second practical session of week 6 and at a time to be determined by the supervisor in week 12.


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020)


Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria

Students must obtain a pass grade for each of the listed components of the examinations. If this is not achieved, a resit assessment in the component/s not passed at the first sitting will be offered in the second practical session of the week concerned. Failure to obtain a pass grade at the resit session will result in the student being awarded a Fail grade for the unit (subject to possible supplementary assessment being offered). 


Submission

No submission method provided.


Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Perform and interpret musculoskeletal assessment tasks using postural observation, range of motion measurements and static palpation of spinal and axial landmarks


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
40%

Length
120 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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