CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHIR20017 Advanced Topics in Clinical Chiropractic
Advanced Topics in Clinical Chiropractic
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will explore a range of professional issues that you may encounter as part of the clinical practice of chiropractic. You will discuss issues which are important to both the profession as a whole and to you as an individual practitioner. Topics covered will include those pertaining to patient care, the role of the chiropractor within the broader health care system and compliance with the ethical and legal requirements of practice. In addition to sharing your own ideas with colleagues, you will hear from experts on these matters from a range of professional backgrounds.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: CHIR20013

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 3 - 2020

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. Portfolio
Weighting: 30%
2. Group Discussion
Weighting: 30%
3. Presentation
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 Have Your Say

Feedback

Students enjoyed the wide range of current clinical concepts presented.

Recommendation

The unit coordinator will continue to present a wide range of current clinical concepts.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

Some students would have preferred more challenging assessments.

Recommendation

The unit coordinator will investigate alternative assessments.

Feedback from Self-Reflection and student evaluation scores

Feedback

Additional feedback on assignments would aid learning

Recommendation

The unit coordinator will ensure adequate time is dedicated to providing feedback.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate complex clinical and professional issues within a contemporary healthcare setting
  2. Reflect on different stakeholder perspectives when devising management procedure in a clinical or professional setting
  3. Develop an evidence-based management procedure to address professional or clinical concern
  4. Defend a management procedure created for use in a professional or clinical setting
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 - Portfolio - 30%
2 - Group Discussion - 30%
3 - Presentation - 40%

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 - Portfolio - 30%
2 - Group Discussion - 30%
3 - Presentation - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

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: Vancouver

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Dawn Dane Unit Coordinator
d.dane@cqu.edu.au
Andrew Vitiello Unit Coordinator
a.vitiello@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

LECTURE 1 - WELCOME

  • This lecture will give you an overview of the unit and go over general expectations including assessment requirements.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

LECTURE 2 - THE SUICIDAL PATIENT

  • This lecture will explore the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and provide valuable insights into this vulnerable subset of the population.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

LECTURE 3 - THE PATIENT WHO INSISTS ON HAVING A PARTICULAR TEST

  • This lecture will explore the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and provide valuable insights into this demanding group of patients.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

LECTURE 4 - CHIROPRACTOR THAT BARTERS TREATMENT/CARE FOR SERVICES


Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 07 Dec 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 14 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

LECTURE 5 - THE COLLEAGUE THAT HAS BREACHED THE AHPRA GUIDELINES

  • This lecture will explore the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and provide valuable insights into the misconduct of a fellow professional.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

LECTURE 6 - DEALING WITH CLINICAL UNCERTAINTY

  • This lecture will explore the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and provide valuable insights into the thought-provoking issue of clinical uncertainty.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 28 Dec 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 04 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

LECTURE 7 - SOCIAL MEDIA PITFALLS

  • With the emerging ubiquitousness of this form of communication, we will explore the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and provide valuable insights into the topic of social media and its inherent pitfalls for an unsuspecting registered healthcare professional.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 11 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

LECTURE 8 - INTRODUCING NEW EVIDENCE INTO YOUR PRACTICE

  • This lecture will explore the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and provide valuable insights into the topic of introducing new evidence into your practice.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 18 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

LECTURE 9 - CHIROPRACTOR HAS A RELATIONSHIP WITH A PATIENT

  • This lecture will explore the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and provide valuable insights into the moral, ethical and legal considerations of this complex situation.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio Due: Week 9 Friday (22 Jan 2021) 12:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 25 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

LECTURE 10 - CHIROPRACTOR THAT DOES NOT BELIEVE THE PANDEMIC EXISTS.

Chapter

All required content can be found on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Forum Discussions Due: Week 10 Friday (29 Jan 2021) 2:00 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 01 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Presentations will commence this week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Video presentation Due: Week 11 Monday (1 Feb 2021) 12:00 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 08 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Presentations will finish this week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio

Task Description

This portfolio will involve identifying and creating a potential referral lists for patients that would be best managed by a multidisciplinary team. You will explore the practitioners and available services in the area that you are likely to work in after graduation. This list will include a wide range of no fewer than 8 other disciplines or services. You will then need to write a critical reflection (no more that 1000 words +/- 10%) on the available services and practitioners in relation to the area you are going to work. Exploring and considering rural vs metro offerings and the potential impact on health outcomes and the role you will serve in that community. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (22 Jan 2021) 12:00 pm AEST

Submit via Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (5 Feb 2021)

Via Moodle


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The criteria for this assessment will include;

  • Overall task completion
  • Language & grammar
  • Critical reflection and logic
  • Vancouver referencing & the use of additional external references or resources
  • General composition and overall written presentation (if a written portfolio is submitted)

A detailed assessment marking rubric, outlining specific requirements will be available in Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate complex clinical and professional issues within a contemporary healthcare setting
  • Reflect on different stakeholder perspectives when devising management procedure in a clinical or professional setting


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

2 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Forum Discussions

Task Description

Each week (weeks 2-10) you will be required to post a new and original item to the weekly forum.  This post will be related to the weekly topic and may for example involve a relevant clinical experience, a summary of a paper you have read on the topic, a meaningful question you have about the topic etc.  You will also be expected to comment on a minimum of two other forum posts for each week.  This means in total each week you will provide one original forum item and two forum comments, these items are must occur within the week in which they are assigned (ie/ week 2 topic - posts should occur during week 2).  The aim of this task is to provide the opportunity for group discussions and knowledge sharing on a range of advanced clinical topics that you are likely to have encountered during your internship or will likely encounter during your career as a chiropractor. This assessment requires a minimum of eight complete (1 post and 2 comments) weeks of participation to pass.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (29 Jan 2021) 2:00 pm AEST

All weekly posts are to be completed during the individual weeks, the entire activity will be completed by week 12.


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (5 Feb 2021)

All weekly posts will be checked and feedback provided on an ongoing basis.


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The criteria for this assessment will include;

  • Overall task completion (1 meaningful post and 2 meaningful comments per week for a minimum of 8 weeks to pass)
  • Language & grammar
  • Critical self-reflection and logic
  • Clear demonstration of understanding of the weekly material in a clinical context
  • Demonstration of an awareness of the complex issues and appropriate management for those that present to chiropractic clinics


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate complex clinical and professional issues within a contemporary healthcare setting
  • Reflect on different stakeholder perspectives when devising management procedure in a clinical or professional setting
  • Develop an evidence-based management procedure to address professional or clinical concern
  • Defend a management procedure created for use in a professional or clinical setting


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Presentation

Assessment Title
Video presentation

Task Description

In this assessment, you and/or you and a group of peers (group size of no more than 4 - you can work together or alone) will select a dilemma/topic related to one of the topics covered this term and create a video presentation about it. The video presentation will address the relevance of the topic to chiropractic practice (professional or clinical) and include an evidence based management plan for your chosen professional or clinical situation. Consideration and discussion around the topic including a range of view points and perspectives likely to be held by different stakeholders should also be included. The video should be no more than 5 minutes long and should include references to current healthcare professional guidelines and codes of conduct (where relevant). Links to these videos need to be uploaded to the Moodle forum by the beginning of week 11. Across weeks 11 and 12 you are asked to view the presentations of your peers and provide 1 meaningful question for a minimum of 2 video presentations. This means you will ask 2 meaningful questions on the forum posts in total. Each member of a group will be required to contribute to the overall task and individually submit questions.



Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Monday (1 Feb 2021) 12:00 pm AEST

Submit the link to the video presentation to the forum by the beginning of week 11, all questions and responses must be complete by the end of week 12.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (15 Feb 2021)

via Moodle


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The criteria for this assessment will include;

  • Overall task completion
  • Language & grammar
  • Referencing & the use of additional external references or resources
  • General composition and overall video presentation

If working within a group, individual criteria will include the questions to the forum and responses to the questions as well as acknowledgement by the group of workload.

A more detailed rubric will be placed in Moodle by week 5 at the latest.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit the link to the video on the forum by the beginning of week 11, all questions and responses must be complete by the end of week 12.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop an evidence-based management procedure to address professional or clinical concern
  • Defend a management procedure created for use in a professional or clinical setting


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

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?