CHIR11001 - Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit offers you an introduction to the principles and practice of chiropractic, within the context of the Australian health care system. The overall structure of the Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 1 unit covers integrated material on topics to prepare you for progressively more complex health-related units in the course. As such, it commences with etymology (medical terminology); basic musculoskeletal assessment protocols; postural observation and analysis; movement (active and passive ranges of motion); psychomotor palpation skills to spinal and peripheral anatomy landmarks; elementary biomechanics; history of manipulation and founding philosophical principles of chiropractic.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. On-campus Activity 0%
2. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 60%
3. Examination 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Feedback and Self-Reflection
Heavy amount of theoretical material.
Work shops within the Discipline will continue to redefine and integrate required learning knowledge. with restructuring and refinement. Some lecture material was repeated for reinforcement however to minimise the impression that this was 'new material', it will be edited and provided in a more selective fashion. Improved application of the material and coordination within the practical sessions will be implemented.
Action Taken
The Discipline team, working within Foundations of Chiropractic Practice, have worked to streamline the content and delivery of the unit material. Further modifications are planned for 2019, however, not as extensive in 2018.
Source: Student Feedback
Organisation of Moodle site and presentation of excessive material.
The detailed material was constructed to overlap the theoretical and practical lab sessions. The majority of the students did not like that setup and wanted them separate as they felt that it was less to print, study and review. It potentially could reduce the chances of errors and potential confusion. There will still be the need to continue with modification in how it is to implemented. It is anticipated that there will be a need for tutorial sessions at the beginning of the term to achieve standardisation and consistency amongst tutor requirements at other campuses. There will be continued development and refinement in marking rubrics and other forms of assessment to engage the students and promote their learning goals. We need to utilise more mapping strategies of the material and assessment to our levels of taxonomy, appropriate pedagogy and blueprinting. Overall, the unit is improved from last year, especially in organisation (even though some students reported that it was confusing and poorly organised). The assessments are authentic in nature, provide good timely feedback and test the students ability in a multi-modal manner. Changes for the future will evolve around the structuring and further integration of on-line lectures throughout the term with accompanying tutorials.
Action Taken
Any 'excessive' reading material was provided as "FYI" rather than 'expected'. There is more alignment of lecture and practical material, as well as with other units in first year (Human Body Systems) to reduce duplication. Generally the recommendations from prior years were undertaken to construct clarity and simplicity within the Moodle site and its navigation.
Source: Direct student feedback, both in classroom, tutorial and with Have Your Say.
The faculty is aware of the need to strengthen the correlation with learning resources and learning outcomes. Despite the improvements developed for 2018, there still have been some occasions where there is a disconnect. Further reflection will benefit delivery with more integration between this unit, others in first year, and with the Foundations track within this course.
Continue with reflection and subsequent standardisation of tutorial, practical and rubrics across the campuses. Particular attention will be given to expected outcomes from the various activities.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Define the principles and practice of chiropractic and discuss how philosophical chiropractic approaches are applied in a modern health paradigm
  2. Describe biomechanical principles relevant to chiropractic practice
  3. Perform and interpret musculoskeletal assessment tasks using postural observation, range of motion measurements and static palpation of spinal and axial landmarks

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
3 - Examination