CHIR11003 - Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit follows on from Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 1 (CHIR11001). You will continue to learn the principles and practice of chiropractic within the context of the Australian health care system. You will develop assessment and interpretation skills related to joint motion palpation, muscle testing and gait analysis. The biomechanical principles which underpin these procedures will also be explored and applied within a clinical context.


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

Pre-requisites: BMSC11010 OR BMSC11001 and CHIR11001

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 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 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. Written Assessment 50%
3. Practical Assessment 50%

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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 14.55% 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: Have Your Say
Many students commented on the importance of the practical tutorials for reinforcing their understanding and ability to perform patient examinations
It is recommended that practical tutorials continue to be a part of this unit.
Action Taken
Practical tutorials continued to be a part of this unit.
Source: Have Your Say
Many students enjoyed the regular formative quizzes, study guides and weekly questions. They felt these supports assisted them with learning the unit content.
It is recommended that the unit continue to offer a range of opportunities for students to self-assess their progress.
Action Taken
Students were provided with continuing opportunities to self-assess their progress.
Source: Have Your Say
Students appreciated the responsiveness and support they received from the unit coordinator.
It is recommended that all unit coordinators are responsive and provide a supportive experience.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to make herself readily available and easily approachable for students.
Source: Have Your Say
Students appreciated the tutors including relevant theoretical content into the practical classes.
It is recommended that in class tutors continue to take the opportunity in the practical labs to reinforce relevant theoretical content.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
Some students would like to receive automatic feedback following OSCEs.
It is recommended that tablet based rubrics be explored to allow for automatic feedback following OSCEs.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the principles, practice and role of the chiropractic profession within the Australian Health Care system
  2. Demonstrate introductory psychomotor assessment skills and interpret the findings in the areas of joint motion palpation, muscle testing and gait analysis
  3. Describe the biomechanical principles which underpin the practice of motion palpation, muscle testing and gait analysis procedures.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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