CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHIR20016 Applied Nutrition and Pharmacology
Applied Nutrition and Pharmacology
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General Information

Overview

This unit aims to provide you with the skills required to apply the principles of human nutrition and pharmacology to the musculoskeletal health of your future patients. It commences with a review of the general principles in these disciplines, ensuring that your knowledge is both comprehensive and commensurate with current evidence. Following this, you will focus on the elements of pharmacology and nutrition most relevant to your role as a health professional. In the area of pharmacology, this includes a more detailed look at the use of steroids and other medications used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disease, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and an exploration of the adverse reactions of drugs on musculoskeletal function. In the area of nutrition, the relationship between nutrients - in food and by supplementation - and the health of the musculoskeletal system will be studied. You will utilise research databases in an attempt to distinguish between fact and fallacy in the area of dietary intervention.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Not Applicable
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: CHIR20009 Clinical Practice 4

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 - 2017

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: 25%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
3. Examination
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 Self-reflection

Feedback

I believe that the on-line test should be replaced with a more challenging assessment task.

Recommendation

Consider other forms of assessment to replace the online test. Maintain the online test for formative assessment.

Action

An in class, invigilated test replaced the on-line test. This resulted in a greater range of marks, which thus distinguished between good, average and poor students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain a broad range of concepts in nutritional science and pharmacology to patients and to other health care practitioners.
  2. Evaluate current research on a topic in the area of nutrition and/or pharmacology.
  3. Compare the pharmacological management options for a range of common musculoskeletal disorders.
  4. Analyse the relationship between nutrients and the health of the musculoskeletal system.
  5. Contrast the effects of commonly prescribed drugs on the musculoskeletal system, including both therapeutic effects and adverse reactions.
  6. Propose a process for assessing patients to identify any adverse reaction to medications, both prescribed and over the counter.
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 6
1 - In-class Test(s) - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - In-class Test(s) - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Herbs & natural supplements: an evidence-based guide. 4 (2014)

Authors: Braun L, Cohen M.
Churchill Livingstone
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Aystralia
ISBN: 9780729541718
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

A guide to integrative and complementary medicine 1 (2011)

Authors: Kotsirilos V, Vitetta L, Sali A.
Churchill Livingstone
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 978-0729539081
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 styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Robyn Beirman Unit Coordinator
r.beirman@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

NUTRITION 1

Introduction

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

PHARMACOLOGY 1

Review of basic pharmacology

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

NUTRITION 2

1. Inflammation

2. Bone Health

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

PHARMACOLOGY 2

1. An overview of the pharmacological management of pain

2. NSAIDS

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

NUTRITION 3

1. Joint Health

2. Muscle Health

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

PHARMACOLOGY 3

Steroids

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

NUTRITION 4

1. Cardiovascular disease

2. Cancer

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

PHARMACOLOGY 4

1. Musculoskeletal and neurological side effects of drugs

2. Drugs in Sport

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

In class test May 1st


In class test Due: Week 8 Monday (1 May 2017) 1:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

NUTRITION

1. Liver Disease/ Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis

2. Immune Function/Chronic Inflammation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

PHARMACOLOGY 5

Principles of pharmacological management of Musculoskeletal disorders

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Dietary intake recording and macro/micro nutrient analysis Due: Week 10 Friday (19 May 2017) 6:00 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

NUTRITION 6

1. Food Allergies/Food Intolerances

2. Paediatric/ Geriatric/ Sports Nutrition

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

PHARMACOLOGY 6

Principles of Toxicology

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

The tutorial for this unit will be conducted via Zoom. This means you can join the class from anywhere as long as you have your computer/tablet/smart phone etc.

You will find details on how to connect to Zoom on the Moodle web page.

The meeting number for your pharmacology tutorials is 3926507062. The meeting number for your nutrition tutorials will be emailed to you before the beginning of term.

Assessment Tasks

1 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title
In class test

Task Description

This in class test will assess your understanding of the Pharmacology content covered in weeks 2, 4 and 6. It will be of 1 hour duration.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (1 May 2017) 1:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Monday (15 May 2017)


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Some questions asked in the quiz will be objective in style (eg multiple choice), and answers will thus be either correct or incorrect. Other questions will require answers of 1-2 lines.

These questions will test your factual knowledge, comprehension of the topic as well as your ability to apply that knowledge.You will also need to evaluate information given to you, and make decisions based on that data.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Thhe test will be conducted in class, and will be collected by the invigilator.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate current research on a topic in the area of nutrition and/or pharmacology.
  • Compare the pharmacological management options for a range of common musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Analyse the relationship between nutrients and the health of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Contrast the effects of commonly prescribed drugs on the musculoskeletal system, including both therapeutic effects and adverse reactions.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Dietary intake recording and macro/micro nutrient analysis

Task Description

Students are required to measure and record all personal food and beverage intake quantities for a period of 5 consecutive days, crossing a weekend. This data is to be recorded and presented in a spreadsheet format, then used to calculate the daily intake of:

1. Macronutrient – protein

2. Micronutrient – calcium

Students will then compare their own personal intake data with the recommended daily intakes (RDI) for both protein and calcium according to national dietary guidelines.

Analysis and comparison of these nutrient intake values shall be made followed with recommendations of relevant dietary changes that may be required to ensure adequate daily consumption levels are met.

With particular reference to dietary food sources of both nutrients students shall give a brief outline of the importance protein and calcium play in the health of the musculoskeletal system and their significance in relation to chiropractic clinical practice.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (19 May 2017) 6:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (2 June 2017)


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

You will marked based on the following criteria:

1. Food diary data entry 5 days, crossing a weekend (15 marks)

Spread sheet layout accurately recording food and beverage intakes showing quantities. Itemised and quantified intakes recorded day by day with each separate meal shown plus snacks

2. Macronutrient analysis and calculation (15 marks)

Daily protein intake calculated using national dietary guidelines + food composition data

3. Micronutrient analysis and calculation (15 marks)

Daily calcium intake calculated using national dietary guidelines + food composition data. Values given in mg.

4. RDI values macronutrient/micronutrient (10 marks)

Protein RDI recommendations per body weight and activity levels

Calcium RDI recommendations age related. Values given in mg

5. Food sources for calcium/protein (20 marks)

Stating common food sources of protein with measurement and amounts

Stating common food sources of calcium with measurement and amounts

Reference made to bioavailability of calcium

Reference made to quality and differences of complete/incomplete proteins and bioavailability

6. Discussion for nutrients in relation to chiropractic practice (25 marks)

Discussion of calcium => osteopaenia/osteporosis

Discussion of protein => muscle

Relevance to spinal health

Sacropenia discussion of spinal health and spinal support

Strategies for increasing nutrient intakes + competing factors


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Unit Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain a broad range of concepts in nutritional science and pharmacology to patients and to other health care practitioners.
  • Evaluate current research on a topic in the area of nutrition and/or pharmacology.
  • Analyse the relationship between nutrients and the health of the musculoskeletal system.


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

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
120 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
50

Details
No calculators permitted
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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