CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHIR20019 Social Perspectives of Health
Social Perspectives of Health
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General Information

Overview

In this unit you will examine the numerous social complexities that exist in the delivery of healthcare and how those complexities impact practice. You will examine different perspectives on health and their influence on decision making, and then discuss ways to balance personal views with available scientific evidence and rationale. You will also study factors that affect the health outcomes of the individual as they apply to your obligation to deliver evidence-based, patient-centred health care.

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

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 3 - 2018

Distance

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: Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Presentation
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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

Should be in Bachelors, not Masters

Recommendation

Much of the content should be in the Bachelors and some of the content delivered was adjusted because of the fact that students were not exposed to it in the Bachelors. This resulted in some necessary changes to content to ensure understanding of the topics to be discussed. It is recommended that some of the content be included within the Bachelors degree, thereby enabling more complex discussions within this unit.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

The weekly moodle content did not follow the weekly tasks

Recommendation

This was due to the fact that it was the first time the subject had been run and required external collaboration with industry. Unfortunately, relying on external providers who did not always come through on time, resulted in alterations to the weekly content. This should be corrected for the next cohort as many recording will have already been done reducing the potential for problems in the future.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

It would have been useful to submit weekly reflections onto a discussion board which allowed everyone to read each others reflections so that we could read about other points of view.

Recommendation

This is a really good idea and I will investigate how to do this, although it may have to be a voluntary exercise. I will need to seek advice from L&T experts.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Increase student discussion around submitted topics.

Recommendation

This is a good idea and weekly tutorial/group discussion sessions may be able to be introduced or the discussion forum could be utilised more to enable this type of learning enhancement.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Provide a balanced judgement of philosophical drivers and scientific rationale in health care decision making
  2. Make informed decisions in patient management
  3. Recommend appropriate healthcare advice which considers the ethics associated with a limitation of knowledge/evidence, potential conflicts of interest, cultural, social and other differences which may impact an individual’s health outcomes.

LO1 links to CCEA Competency Element 1.2 Public Health Concepts with the Performance Indicators: Understanding of health problems during special life periods including ageing, paediatrics and adolescence; recognition of the role that chiropractors can play in overall public health practice, including public hospitals; understanding the special areas of women’s and men’s health and the cultural aspects of public health; and understanding the concept of increasing the patient’s responsibility for his/her own health care.

LO2 links to (a) CCEA Competency Element 11.1 Develops a personal ability to seek out and apply scientific information with the Performance Indicators: Ability to critically appraise the literature and apply evidence-based problem solving in practice; understand the on-going necessity for continuing education; demonstrate communication skills, an ability to speak in public and give a case presentation with an adequate literature review; and show an understanding of research methods and their significance in modern health care; and (b) to CCEA Competency Element 3.1 Awareness of professional ethos, organisation and history with the Performance Indicators: Is aware of the profession’s special characteristics, aspirations and strengths; is aware of the profession’s organisations locally, nationally and internationally; and of its relations to other professions and organisations, e.g WHO; is aware of the major historical mile posts of the profession, both locally and internationally.

LO3 links to CCEA Competency Element 3.2 Awareness of professionalism with the Performance Indicators: Assesses personal standards of practice; and recognises the need for self-directedness in further and continuing education to extend knowledge and refine skills.

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
1 - Portfolio - 0%
2 - Written Assessment - 0%
3 - Presentation - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - 0%
2 - Written Assessment - 0%
3 - Presentation - 0%
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)
  • ZOOM
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
Dawn Dane Unit Coordinator
d.dane@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Refresher of Chiropractic as a philosophical paradigm

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment Issued

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

To adjust or not to adjust?

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Scientific evidence – Fact, or just another pair of rose coloured glasses?

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Are we really alone?

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 03 Dec 2018

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Dec 2018

Module/Topic

Are you treating the condition or the person?

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Dec 2018

Module/Topic

Do unto others as you would have done unto you – A flawed system of belief.


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Dec 2018

Module/Topic

Treating a medical condition or adjusting a subluxation?


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

Accepting patients/people with opposing views on health

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment Due

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

In Who’s Best Interest

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Group Assignment Due: Week 9 Monday (14 Jan 2019) 5:00 pm AEST
Oral Presentation Due: Week 9 Wednesday (16 Jan 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

The professional fee – considerations for value

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment Presentations continued

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

Finalise portfolios prior to submission

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment presentations

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Feb 2019

Module/Topic

Finalise portfolios prior to submission

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio Due


Portfolio Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Feb 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Feb 2019

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Assessment Tasks

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio

Task Description

This task requires students to complete a 300-500 word reflection on each topic discussed throughout the term.  A topical issue will be presented in class for each weekly reflection.

Students should provide commentary with accompanying evidence to support their personal positions on each topic and refer to specific matters discussed within the lecture recording and relevant points related to these topics. Where possible, a clear statement indicating the students' personal position as for or against the topic being discussed should be made, with reference to:

1. Chiropractic Philosophy

2. Available Scientific Evidence

3. Chiropractic Board of Australia Code of Conduct

Each weekly reflection will be due within 7 days of each topic released.  Two late submissions of up to 7 days will be granted throughout the term. Any additional late submissions will require a medical certificate in accordance with University policy. The final submission for the entire portfolio is not included as one of the two allowed later submissions.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Feb 2019) 11:45 pm AEST

Weekly submissions must be made in accordance with the description above and identified on Moodle. A single final submission including all content is due on Fri week 12 at COB.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (15 Feb 2019)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

1. 300-500 words per weekly topic +/- 10%

2. Students demonstrate an ability to personally reflect on each topic with consideration given to the relationship between the topic and;

a) chiropractic principles and philosophy;

b) available scientific evidence;

c) relevant legislative compliance

d) personal and cultural beliefs on behalf of the patient and practitioner;

e) relationship to accepted norms in mainstream medical healthcare;

f) how the topic and personal position impacts the chiropractic profession within the setting of primary healthcare delivery; and

g) how the topic and personal position relates to the overall educational position delivered at CQ University.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Provide a balanced judgement of philosophical drivers and scientific rationale in health care decision making
  • Make informed decisions in patient management
  • Recommend appropriate healthcare advice which considers the ethics associated with a limitation of knowledge/evidence, potential conflicts of interest, cultural, social and other differences which may impact an individual’s health outcomes.


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Group Assignment

Task Description

Students will be assigned to work in small groups of 4-5 people.

Students will be assigned a topic for the group.

The groups will be required to formulate a position paper on a topical construct relating to chiropractic or the chiropractic profession.

The assignment will be approximately 2500 words +- 10% and include a minimum of 10 appropriate references. Up to 10% may be deducted for inadequate or inappropriate references.

Within the assignment students must clearly stipulate if their overall personal position is for or against the construct with specific consideration given to:

1. Chiropractic history and philosophy;

2. Available scientific evidence;

3. The Chiropractic Board of Australia Code of Conduct and National Law;

4. The rights and preferences of patients'

Assumptions should also be made as to the:

1. Likely impact on the future of chiropractic;

2. Synergy to modern chiropractic practice;

3. Synergy to chiropractic philosophy;

4. Symbiosis or independence with mainstream medicine.

The aim is to submit the position paper to a relevant journal for potential publication.


All students MUST be involved in the creation of the submission and participate in the presentations.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (14 Jan 2019) 5:00 pm AEST

If Moodle does not accept a group submission, then email may be used to submit to the Unit Convenor


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (28 Jan 2019)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

1. Presents logical and rationale arguments for and against the topic;

2. Clearly presents the overall view as for or against the topic under consideration;

3. Makes sufficient considerations for different perspectives as outlined in the task description and other relevant considerations;

4. Demonstrates reasonable consideration of the likely long term impact on the chiropractic profession and its position within the Australian healthcare setting;

5. Uses appropriate references and source material to support their argument.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Provide a balanced judgement of philosophical drivers and scientific rationale in health care decision making
  • Make informed decisions in patient management
  • Recommend appropriate healthcare advice which considers the ethics associated with a limitation of knowledge/evidence, potential conflicts of interest, cultural, social and other differences which may impact an individual’s health outcomes.


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

3 Presentation

Assessment Title
Oral Presentation

Task Description

Students will be required to present their position statements to their peers and the lecturer via a zoom teleconference.

External contributors to the subject will be invited to attend the presentations and ask questions and provide feedback.

The presentation should run for 15-25 minutes excluding question time.  All students MUST be in attendance for their presentation and for their peer presentations during weeks 9 and 10.



Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Wednesday (16 Jan 2019) 11:45 pm AEST

Presentations will likely run over 2 weeks from week 9.


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (28 Jan 2019)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

1. Student vocal clarity

2. presentation flow

3. student confidence

4. demonstration of understanding of the topic

5. content is consistent with the written assignment

6. able to answer questions confidently, concisely and demonstrates an understanding of the topic.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline Group

Submission Instructions
Groups will be allocated a date and time for their presentations in week 10 or week 11.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Provide a balanced judgement of philosophical drivers and scientific rationale in health care decision making
  • Make informed decisions in patient management
  • Recommend appropriate healthcare advice which considers the ethics associated with a limitation of knowledge/evidence, potential conflicts of interest, cultural, social and other differences which may impact an individual’s health outcomes.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Self-management
  • 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.

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