CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHIR20005 Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
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General Information

Overview

This unit will enable students to identify, interpret and understand skeletal change as represented on conventional radiographs as well as provide an introduction to advanced imaging. These differential diagnostic skills are fundamental for diagnostic competence in chiropractic practice.

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

Co-requisite: CHIR20003 Clinical Practice 2

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 2 - 2019

Online

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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 50%
3. Examination
Weighting: 30%

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

Feedback

Some students requested that additional formative activities be created to assist with their learning experience.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the new unit coordinator introduce some regular formative activities to assist students to better understand the content.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Many students requested that the week 12 assessment be held in a computer lab.

Recommendation

It is recommended that all week 12 practical assessments be held in a computer lab.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Students found the radiology material interesting and relevant to their future careers.

Recommendation

It is recommended that efforts be continued to ensure students are engaged with their radiology training.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate radiographs for signs of diseases.
  2. Compare normal and abnormal radiographic findings.
  3. Implement a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes.
  4. Select the appropriate management for a variety of abnormalities.
  5. Create a differential diagnosis list in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis based on radiographic and clinical findings.

The Learning Outcomes are in the context of the AQF and specifically address Units 6, 7, 8, 9, of the CCEA Competencies, in particular elements 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.6, 7.2, 9.2, 9.3 with an emphasis on elements 6.4, 7.1, 8.3, and 9.10.

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 5
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 50%
3 - Examination - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 50%
3 - Examination - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Yochum and Rowe’s essentials of skeletal radiology 3rd (2005)

Authors: Yochum and Rowe
Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
ISBN:
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

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

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Kenneth Reckelhoff Unit Coordinator
k.reckelhoff@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 15 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Lectures and tutorial:

  1. Introduction to normal radiographic anatomy
  2. Introduction to joint disease



Chapter

Reading:

  1. Yochum and Rowe 3rd Edition (Y&R) pp. 1-5 and 12-189 (focus on numbered radiographic and anatomic specimen figures)
  2. Y&R Chap. 10 pp. 951-958

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity

Week 2 Begin Date: 22 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Lectures and tutorial:

  1. Introduction to radiology report writing
  2. Degenerative joint disease - extremities


Chapter

Reading: 

  1. Y&R Chap. 15 pp. 1547-1578
  2. Y&R pp. 958-963

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity


Week 3 Begin Date: 29 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Degenerative joint disease - axial skeleton and disc herniation



Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R pp. 964-999
  • Fardon et al. Lumbar disc nomenclature: version 2.0. The Spine Journal 14 (2014) 2525-2545

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity


Week 4 Begin Date: 05 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Inflammatory arthritis - Rheumatoid Arthritis



Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R Chap. 10 pp. 1010-1033

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity


Week 5 Begin Date: 12 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Other Inflammatory arthritides


Chapter

Reading:

  • Y&R Chap. 10 pp. 988-989, 999-1005, 1006-1010, 1071-1075 1084 – 1109

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity


Vacation Week Begin Date: 19 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 26 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Seronegative spondyloarthropathies



Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R Chap. 10 pp. 1033-1068

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity

Written Assignment - Report due


Reports Due: Week 6 Friday (30 Aug 2019) 6:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 02 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Metabolic disorders



Chapter

Reading:

  • Y&R pp. 1497-1510, 1517-1523

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity

Week 8 Begin Date: 09 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Endocrine disorders


Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R pp. 1523-1531, 1511-1516

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity

Week 9 Begin Date: 16 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Bone and joint infection


Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R pp. 1386-1417

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity

Week 10 Begin Date: 23 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Vascular disorders


Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R pp. 1435-1440, 1427-1435, 1444-1453

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity

Week 11 Begin Date: 30 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Dysplasias


Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R Chap. 8 pp. 721-727, 756-761, 765-774, 776-777

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity

Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Spondylolisthesis and Scoliosis


Chapter

Reading:

  • Y&R Chap. 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical task part A - In-tutorial activity


Practical Assessment - Friday 1:00pm computer lab to be announced


Practical Tasks Due: Week 12 Friday (11 Oct 2019) 11:59 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 21 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Reports

Task Description

You will need to write a 1000 word assignment that compares and contrasts the clinical presentation, aetiology, pathological features (including laboratory tests) and conventional radiographic appearance of one of the following three choices: 

1. DISH vs ankylosing spondylitis

2. DJD vs rheumatoid arthritis in the hand

3. Osteoporosis vs osteomalacia

It is acceptable to complete this assignment in a table format.  It is expected that you will use appropriate recent (last 10 years) and relevant references to support your discussion and claims.  Failure to use high quality references will negatively impact your scores.

 A few older references may be acceptable if they are pertinent and of high quality.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (30 Aug 2019) 6:00 pm AEST

Online submission


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (13 Sept 2019)

Grades and feedback will be returned via Moodle.


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

You will have demonstrated an ability to

1. Provide appropriate evidence of the typical clinical presentation of both disorders and discuss their similarities and differences 

2. Provide accurate information on the aetiologies of both disorders and discuss their commonalities and differences 

3. Provide relevant information on the pathological features including appropriate use of laboratory investigations of both disorders and discuss their commonalities and differences 

4. Identify the radiographic features of both disorders and discuss their similarities and differences. Include appropriate terminology and any specific features which assist in the diagnosis.  Include common skeletal sites of involvement, classic radiographic signs, and other relevant radiographic features. 

Pictures, images and/or diagrams should be used to support your content.

Table format is acceptable.

Use at least 5 references from which you sourced your information (not including lecture notes). Use the APA Referencing system.

A marking rubric will be provided at the beginning of term on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Select the appropriate management for a variety of abnormalities.


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

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Tasks

Task Description

Part A - 10%

Weekly Tutorial Activity - this will involve a range of interactive activities with the tutor including question writing, report writing, film identifications, and topical literature discussions. These activities will require you to upload an item to the weekly forum and be available to discuss the task at the weekly tutorial. All tasks will be posted on Moodle at the beginning of term. In order to receive a passing grade you must successfully participate (to be clear this means posting the weekly tutorial activity to the forum and attending the weekly zoom tutorial) in 80% (i.e. 10 out of the 12 tutorials) of the weekly tutorial activities.


Part B - 40%

OSCE Examination

25 Stations 2 minutes per station

Students will be required to review an image with or without an accompanying history, from which they will be required to answer a number of short answer questions. This will take place in an on-campus computer lab.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (11 Oct 2019) 11:59 pm AEST

Assessment will be continuous throughout the term for Part A, however the final part B practical assessment will take place during week 12 a time will be decided no later than week 6.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (21 Oct 2019)

Students will be informed of their grades via Moodle.


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
80% for part A and 50% for part B

Assessment Criteria

Part A (10% of available 50%)

In order to achieve a passing grade or higher, students must complete 80% (10 out of the 12) the weekly activities which includes attending the online tutorials. 

1. Demonstrate ability to use appropriate radiological terminologies.

2. Demonstrate ability to write a radiology report using professional communication skills.

3. Apply knowledge and skills to identify and determine normal and abnormal radiographic findings.

4. Engage with new literature and pose questions for clarification


Part B (40% of the available 50%)

In order to achieve a passing grade or higher, students will be required to demonstrate their competence in the following areas:

1. Identification of pathologies covered in the unit and provide diagnoses, prognoses and investigations required.

2. Apply appropriate terminology to describe the radiographic appearance and diagnosis of pathologies.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathogenesis of the disorders which gives rise to their radiographic appearance.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of contraindications to manual therapies.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate referral including GP, Specialist, Advanced Imaging, Pathology.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate radiographs for signs of diseases.
  • Compare normal and abnormal radiographic findings.
  • Implement a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes.
  • Create a differential diagnosis list in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis based on radiographic and clinical findings.


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

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
30%

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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