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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane

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. In-class Test(s) 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20.34% 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 as per individual response on "Have Your Say".
Feedback
The students generally appreciated the level of material content, class discussions, teacher to student ratio and the opportunity for interaction with hands on learning experience so that they could understand and engage in the various activity tasks.
Recommendation
Continue to engage enthusiastic and pro-active academic and casual staff so that the ratio of student to teacher is maintained at a mutually beneficial level. The number of hours provided for technique related skills acquisiton at this level is adequate so no further changes would be deemed necessary.
Action Taken
As a result of COVID-19 all practical classes were postponed which limited further action being taken in the practical classes. However, additional online tutorials were offered and students were provided with engaging activities to assist with their learning.
Source: Student feedback as per individual response on "Have Your Say".
Feedback
Teachers were very knowledgeable, always available, supportive, and helpful. The students appreciated being explained not just the 'how' to do things, but 'why' which provided relevance to them.
Recommendation
Acknowledge the professionalism of the casual staff and continue to encourage and support their efforts to continue teaching.
Action Taken
No casual staff were engaged in the unit following week 2 of the term due to the postponement of on-campus classes as a result of COVID-19.
Source: Student feedback as per individual response on "Have Your Say".
Feedback
There was some disconnect between tutors as to expectations and interpretation of marking rubrics on OSCE exams, variations in tutors' assessments and the opportunity to receive feedback.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will endeavour to reinforce communication at the beginning of each term and immediately before the practical OSCE exams to ensure that the tutors are aware of the unit coordinator's expectations etc.
Action Taken
Students were well informed of all assessment requirements early in the term. This message was communicated across the term.
Source: Student feedback as per individual response on "Have Your Say".
Feedback
Some concern was expressed as to the style and quality of the recorded lectures. The students also commented on the quizzes and study guide questions requiring more self-directed learning and critical thinking application at this entry level unit.
Recommendation
The opportunity will be taken over the summer term to further update and refine the learning resources.
Action Taken
All lectures were recorded on Camtasia and posted well in advance of the scheduled time for viewing.
Source: "Have your Say"
Feedback
Students felt the instructions for assessment were clear and easy to understand.
Recommendation
Details of assessments should continue to be determined well in advance of the term and this information should be regularly reinforced across the term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Students felt they learned a lot from the course in spite of the restrictions imposed by the Pandemic.
Recommendation
Course material should continue to be presented in a clear manner.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" and email messages
Feedback
Students stated they look forward to returning to practical classes.
Recommendation
Practical classes should be resumed on campus as soon as it is safe to do so in the current COVID-19 situation.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 - In-class Test(s)
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 - In-class Test(s)