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CHIR12001 - Chiropractic Assessment of the Spine

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The student will be able to efficiently conduct a patient history, spinal assessment and gait assessment, and will be able to comfortably position a patient in preparation for adjustment of the lumbosacral spine and pelvis, the thoracic spine both prone and supine, and the cervical spine, prone, supine or seated. Tutorials and practical laboratories will be used to re-enforce the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures. The practical sessions specifically provide the students with the opportunity to develop the unique set of psychomotor skills required for the practice of chiropractic and the opportunity to develop practical clinical skills in human functional assessment.


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


CHIR11001 Introduction to Chiropractic

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

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2022

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. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 20%

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.

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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: Students
There is a lack of clarity around assessment.
Refine and simply the assessment matrix to remove confusion. More clearly link Learning Outcomes to assessment tasks. Apply LOs as guides for assessment.
Action Taken
Source: Students
The placement of this course is not acceptable as it leaves too long a period of no-chiropractic contact.
That this course be relocated to Year 1 Term 2 from Year 2 Term 1 to provide a consistent discipline-specific exposure in Year 1.
Action Taken
Source: Lecturer, Students
The content is too lightweight.
Create stronger structure and increase learning density.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe, interpret and explain a contemporary model of spinal dysfunction.
  2. Perform and interpret a patient health history relevant to primary care practice.
  3. Perform and analyse patient observation, postural assessment, range of movement, gait assessment, and assessment of the spine and interpret basic findings in appropriate terminology.
  4. Perform and justify optimal patient positioning for a given style of therapeutic intervention.
  5. Compare and contrast learning within the course with critical observations of real-world practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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 10
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment