CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHIR20001 Advanced Clinical Neurology and Diagnosis
Advanced Clinical Neurology and Diagnosis
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General Information

Overview

Advanced Clinical Neurology and Diagnosis builds upon your knowledge and understanding of the human body which you achieved through your undergraduate studies. In this unit you will focus upon the clinical presentation of neurological conditions which may be encountered in chiropractic practice. You will develop an understanding of the pathophysiological processes underlying neurological symptoms and signs at clinical presentation, and extend your skills in the interpretation of these changes through client history and physical examination.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

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 - 2021

Brisbane
Mackay

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 Postgraduate 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. In-class Test(s)
Weighting: 50%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 15%

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 Have your Say

Feedback

The students were overall very appreciative and were very satisfied with the quality of content and resources for this unit.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the introduced content be retained and expanded.

Feedback from Have your Say and Verbal Feedback

Feedback

Students were very complimentary of the addition of clinical case material and information that provided a greater clinical focus.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the increased clinical focus should be expanded with particular attention to those conditions that may or do present in chiropractic practice.

Feedback from Have your Say

Feedback

Students felt the examination was not challenging enough and should be expanded to require more clinical case material and require more critical thinking.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the examination be constructed in a manner that better evaluates deeper critical thinking and ability to showcase clinical understanding.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the pathophysiological basis of neurological symptoms and signs
  2. Perform a neurological assessment based on the patient's presentation
  3. Formulate a differential diagnosis from neurological assessment findings
  4. Identify clinical scenarios which require referral and/or investigation.

The learning outcomes of this unit contribute to the following CCEA Competency Units (2017 version):

Practice Competency 3: Clinical Assessment

3.1 Obtains and records a History.

3.2 Performs a Clinical Examination.

3.3 Obtains the results of clinical, laboratory and other diagnostic procedures necessary to perform care.

3.4 Recognises determinants of health.

3.5 Critically analyses information available to generate a clinical impression.

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 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 15%
2 - Practical Assessment - 35%
3 - In-class Test(s) - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 15%
2 - Practical Assessment - 35%
3 - In-class Test(s) - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Neuirological Examination Made Easy 6th (2019)

Authors: Geraint Fuller
Elsevier
ISBN: 9780702076282
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Zoom (both microphone and webcam capability)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Vancouver

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Andrew Vitiello Unit Coordinator
a.vitiello@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to unit

Revision

Symptoms and signs.

Components of the neurological physical assessment

Physical assessment – general observation and neurological examination of limbs

Upper motor neurone lesions vs Lower motor neurone lesions

Dermatomes vs Myotomes

Chapter

Fuller Chapters 1 and 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 1 opens Monday 8am

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Cranial Nerve Examination




Chapter

Fuller Chapters 6-9, Ch 11 pp 96-99


Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 1 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 2 opens Monday 8am.

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Higher Centres, speech and mental status

Chapter

Fuller Chapters 2 and 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 2 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 3 opens Monday 8am.

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Examination of:

Cerebellar function

Evidence of meningeal irritation

Autonomic nervous system


Investigations for Neurological Disorders

Chapter

Fuller Chapters 23-26

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 3 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 4 opens Monday 8am.

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Neuropathology 1

Introduction to Neuropathology

Altered cerebral haemodynamics

Cerebrovascular disease

Chapter

Information provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 4 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 5 opens Monday 8am.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Neuropathology 2

Degenerative disorders

Delirium and Dementia

Neoplasms

Demyelination disorders

Chapter

Information provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 5 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 6 opens Monday 8am.

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Neuropathology 3

Metabolic and toxic influences

Infections and inflammations

CNS Malformations

Seizures

Trauma


Chapter

Information provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 6 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 7 opens Monday 8am.

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Pathophysiology and interpretation of neurological symptoms and signs 1

Headaches and facial pain

Vertigo/dizziness


Chapter

Information provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 7 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 8 opens Monday 8am.

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Pathophysiology and interpretation of neurological symptoms and signs 2

Muscle weakness and paralysis

Difficulties in co-ordination

Tremors and Involuntary Movements


Chapter

Information provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 8 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 9 opens Monday 8am.

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Pathophysiology and interpretation of neurological symptoms and signs 3

Altered or loss of general sensation

Altered or loss of special sensation


Chapter

Information provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 9 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 10 opens Monday 8am.
Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 10 closes Monday 8am.

Online quiz 11 opens Monday 8am.


Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz 11 closes Monday 8am

Practical assessment due on the Friday of this week


Practical assesssment Due: Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 6:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

End of Term Test Due: Exam Week Thursday (17 Jun 2021) 11:00 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title
End of Term Test

Task Description

This examination will take the form of a 120-minute Moodle online test. This timed test will be comprised of no more than 60 questions aimed at assessing your understanding of the material covered during the lectures and practical sessions throughout the term. Questions will be a combination of MCQ, EMQ, short answer, fill-in the blank, drag and drop or any combination of these.


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Thursday (17 Jun 2021) 11:00 pm AEST

120-minute end of term test will be conducted during the CQU examination period


Return Date to Students

Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will examine you on the following.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Explain the pathophysiological basis of neurological symptoms and signs
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis from neurological assessment findings
  • Identify clinical scenarios which require referral and/or investigation

This assessment will ensure you have successfully demonstrated the following.

GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
120-minute online Moodle test will be made available during the CQU examination period

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the pathophysiological basis of neurological symptoms and signs
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis from neurological assessment findings
  • Identify clinical scenarios which require referral and/or investigation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical assesssment

Task Description

The assessment will be in the form of a 15-minute video that will clearly demonstrate your ability to perform and interpret a neurologically based clinical examination. This assessment may test any the following key elements;

  • Take a neurological history
  • Conduct a detailed neurological observation of the body\
  • Conduct a complete neurological examination of the upper limbs
  • Conduct a complete neurological examination of the lower limbs
  • Conduct a basic examination of the higher centres of the brain
  • Conduct a basic assessment of a patient’s speech
  • Conduct a basic mental health assessment
  • Examine the cranial nerves
  • Demonstrate how to assess cerebellar function and the extrapyramidal pathways
  • Demonstrate how to assess for meningeal irritation
  • Perform a targeted neurological examination for a given clinical scenario
  • Understand the clinical usefulness of a range of external diagnostic imaging criteria

A detailed rubric will be provided to you by the mid-term break, in order to facilitate your preparation


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 6:00 pm AEST

The video will be submitted as a functioning link to the appropriately labelled section of your Weebly portfolio page where your video submission can be viewed and graded


Return Date to Students

Feedback will be provided 3 weeks following the due date


Weighting
35%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Successful completion of this assessment will ensure your ability to:

  1. Select the appropriate examination routine required to facilitate the recognition of specific disorders or disease states
  2. Perform appropriate neurological examinations correctly
  3. Perform each neurological examination fluently
  4. Integrate all examination findings in order to determine a differential diagnosis
  5. Correctly interpret the necessity for further external examination and/or imaging


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
A fully functional Weebly URL will be uploaded onto Moodle that will direct the marker to the location of the video within your Weebly portfolio

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Perform a neurological assessment based on the patient's presentation


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Weekly Moodle Quizzes

Task Description

Online quizzes will need to be completed during weeks 1-11. They will be available for access between 08.00 Monday until 08.00 the following Monday. For example, quiz 3 will be available from the Monday of week 3 to the Monday of week 4. The subject matter for each quiz will be clearly described in the workbook. There will be no extension due to unforeseen technical problems or Internet connectivity, so please do not leave it to the end of the availability period to complete. You will be allowed one attempt only for each quiz, which will need to be completed within a specified period of time. Each quiz may be of up to 20-minutes in duration.


Number of Quizzes

4


Frequency of Quizzes

Weekly


Assessment Due Date

Monday mornings in weeks 2-12


Return Date to Students

Monday mornings in weeks 2-12, via Moodle


Weighting
15%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

As the questions asked in each quiz will be objective in style (eg multiple choice), answers will be automatically marked as either correct or incorrect. Some questions will require you to demonstrate a knowledge of facts, while others will require you to use your interpretive or analytical skills

This assessment will examine the following Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the pathophysiological basis of neurological symptoms and signs
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis from neurological assessment findings
  • Identify clinical scenarios which require referral and/or investigation.

Successful completion of this assessment will ensure you have met the following Graduate Attributes

  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the pathophysiological basis of neurological symptoms and signs
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis from neurological assessment findings
  • Identify clinical scenarios which require referral and/or investigation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?