CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHIR20005 Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will learn to identify, interpret and understand skeletal change as represented on conventional radiographs as well as advanced imaging such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 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 - 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 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. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 50%

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 evaluation and email correspondence.

Feedback

Some students would have preferred for the weekly content to be uploaded earlier.

Recommendation

It is recommended that unit material be made available on Moodle a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Feedback from Student evaluation and personal communication.

Feedback

Some students felt that they would have benefited from a stronger understanding of normal radiographic anatomy before being introduced to more advanced radiological pathologies.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the unit coordinator should investigate the opportunity to include more normal radiographic anatomy in the early weeks of the unit.

Feedback from Student evaluation.

Feedback

Students indicated that some of the learning resources could be more engaging.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the unit coordinator will explore ways to increase the way in which students can engage with the content.

Feedback from Student evaluation.

Feedback

Many students found this subject area very interesting and appreciated the relevance it will have to their future careers.

Recommendation

The unit coordinator should continue to share authentic case studies that reinforce the relevance of radiology in chiropractic practice.

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

Learning outcome 1 - Competency 3 (3.3 and 3.5)

Learning outcome 2 - Competency 3 (3.5)

Learning outcome 3 - Competency 1 (1.3), 3 (3.3, 3.5)

Learning outcome 4 - Competency 1 (1.3), 4 (4.1, 4.2, 4.3)

Learning outcome 5 - Competency 3 (3.5)

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 - Online Quiz(zes) - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - On-campus Activity - 0%

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 - Online Quiz(zes) - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - On-campus Activity - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Yochum and Rowe’s Essentials of Skeletal Radiology 3rd (2005)

Authors: Terry R. Yochum and Lindsay J. Rowe
Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
ISBN: 9780781739467
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they are available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). eBooks are available at the publisher's website.

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 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Kenneth Reckelhoff Unit Coordinator
k.reckelhoff@cqu.edu.au
Dawn Dane Unit Coordinator
d.dane@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Lectures and tutorial:

  1. Role of imaging
  2. Introduction to radiologic interpretation of arthritis



Chapter

Reading:

  1. Intro to report writing guided reading, see workbook on Moodle.
  2. Yochum and Rowe 3rd Edition (Y&R) Chap. 10 pp. 951-958

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Lectures and tutorial:

Degenerative joint disease - extremities


Chapter

Reading: 

  1. Y&R pp. 958-963

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity and practice case report submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Degenerative arthritis of the spine and related conditions.



Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R pp. 963-977, 990-998, 998-999
  • Fardon et al. Lumbar disc nomenclature: version 2.0. The Spine Journal 14 (2014) 2525-2545

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Autoimmune/inflammatory arthropathies



Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R Chap. 10 pp. 1010-1033, 988-989

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity and practice case report submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Scoliosis and spondylolisthesis


Chapter

Reading:

  • Y&R Chap. 4, pp. 405-424.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity and practice case report submitted prior to tutorial.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Seronegative spondyloarthropathies



Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R Chap. 10 pp. 1033-1068

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity submitted prior to tutorial.

Written Assignment - Report due


Written Assessment Due: Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Metabolic conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system



Chapter

Reading:

  • Y&R pp. 1497-1510, 1517-1523

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity and practice case report submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Metabolic (crystalline deposition) and atypical degenerative arthropathy


Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R pp. 1084-1092, 1092-1099, 1099-1109, 1006-1010, 999-1005

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Bone and joint infection


Chapter

Reading: 

  • Y&R pp. 1386-1417

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity and practice case report submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Hematologic/vascular disorders of the skeleton


Chapter

Reading:

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity and practice case report submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Skeletal dysplasias and normal variants


Chapter

Reading: 

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity and practice case report submitted prior to tutorial.

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture and tutorial:

Review


Chapter

Reading:

Review 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial activity submitted prior to tutorial.

Practical Assessment (in-person in on-campus computer lab). Date TBD.

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
Tutorial activity submission

Task Description

Weekly Tutorial Activity - this will involve a range of interactive activities with the tutor including 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.


Assessment Due Date

The completed activities are due continuously, in each individual week, on Thursday by 3 pm. This enables the unit coordinator to review the submissions prior to the tutorial, which will be on Friday.


Return Date to Students

Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

The following learning outcomes will be assessed with this activity:

1. Identify normal and abnormal radiographic findings.

2. Implement a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify normal and abnormal radiographic findings
  • Implement a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes


Graduate Attributes
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Using Chapter 3 in the course textbook (Yochum and Rowe, 3rd Edition), select ONE (1) congenital anomaly or normal skeletal variant from each of FIVE (5) different body regions (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, wrist, etc) and locate at least one image that is representative of each chosen condition. The images, at the time of selection, must be free of all annotations (except side markers). Next, using any software of your choice that has image editing capability, annotate (using arrows, colour overlays, etc.) your FIVE (5) chosen images to depict the imaging findings and include a caption that describes the findings. Lastly, describe whether each of the conditions that you have chosen would cause you to either alter the usual, expected mode of chiropractic care (manipulation, rehabilitative exercise, passive modalities, etc) or necessitate referral to another specialist for a consultation. A thorough rationale must be provided for this description. You may utilize more than one image to depict each condition (e.g. an AP and lateral view). At the very minimum, you will submit FIVE (5) annotated images each with a caption and description with rationale of alterations of care or referral. Appropriate, recent references (within 15 years) should support your description and rationale. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (11 Sept 2020)


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

A rubric and exemplar will be made available within the first week of the term. This assessment will cover the following learning outcomes:

1. Evaluate radiographs for signs of diseases.

2. Select the appropriate management strategy for a variety of clinical and imaging abnormalities


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate radiographs for signs of diseases.
  • Select the appropriate management strategy for a variety of clinical and imaging abnormalities


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

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

This is the end-of-term written examination which will take place in the exam period. It will consist of a variety of question styles such as short-answer, essay and extended matching (excluding multiple choice). More information will be made available within the first few weeks of the term. 


Assessment Due Date

The written examinations will be held in the usual exam week and students will be notified of the scheduled date within the term..


Return Date to Students

Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will cover the following learning outcomes:

1. Identify normal and abnormal radiographic findings.

2. Select the appropriate management strategy for a variety of clinical and imaging abnormalities.

3. Create a differential diagnosis list in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis based on radiographic and clinical findings.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Select the appropriate management strategy for a variety of clinical and imaging abnormalities
  • 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

4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE)

Task Description

This is the end-of-term practical assessment which will take place in the 12th week. This will be held in an on-campus computer lab. The exam will consist of 25 stations with two questions 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.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

This will take place during week 12 at a time that is decided no later than week 6.


Return Date to Students

Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

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.
  • Identify 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

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?