CHIR12005 - Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will build your knowledge of the principles and practice of chiropractic management including radiographic analyses. You will demonstrate your psychomotor skills acquisition in manipulative/adjusting techniques of the lumbar spine and lower extremities. You will learn musculoskeletal screening assessment protocols.You will continue to develop your palpation skills and throughout the unit, you will apply your knowledge of related functional biomechanics. You will continue to develop your awareness of current public health issues and its integration into chiropractic.

Details

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

Pre-requisite:

BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 

CHIR11003 Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 2

Co-requisite:

CHIR12004 Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy 1

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Sydney

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. Portfolio 25%
3. Examination 25%
4. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 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 Procedures 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 3.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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 (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
Navigating Moodle site was difficult with the use of folders, it made it difficult to prepare for examinations
Recommendation
The use of folders was used in the unit to deliver 4 streams of material repeated each week to minimise the amount of material on the Moodle site each week. In future all material will be made available more clearly for students to navigate and find material in preparation for examinations.
Action Taken
The recommendations from previous offerings have been implemented for the content delivery and made available more clearly for practical (OSCE) and examination preparation.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
Students found it difficult to study for the final written exam as the content was very vast and relied on a heavy amount of self study and no revision material provided.
Recommendation
The students were given a study guide mid term to use in preparation for the written exam that discussed the themes for the examination questions. This unit requires a considerable amount of self study as the unit covers 4 streams (psychomotor skill, anatomy/biomechanics, public health and critical thinking) taught each week.
Action Taken
The students were given weekly study guide questions and later in the week the preferred answers to these questions to use in preparation for the written exam and consolidate student learning experience.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
Relation to the rubric for the reflective writing portfolio. I feel that the CHESEMELT method did not assist my reflective writing at all. I felt like I was continuously repeating myself so that I could ensure every point on CHESEMELT was included. Some points which weren't even relevant for that week's reflection yet I still had to search for information about it in order to meet the criteria. I don't believe CHESEMELT is the best method for reflective writing.
Recommendation
The use of a template CHESMELT will continue for the assessment of a reflective portfolio. In future a better grasp of the portfolio process and how to write reflectively will be a greater focus. Tutors will take a more active role in assisting students with their portfolios and the unit coordinator with oversee this.
Action Taken
The recommendations from previous offerings have been implemented regarding the Mahara portfolio, a modified rubric refined individual student feedback.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
I can tell the course is taking on feedback very well and getting better and better, so congrats and keep it up.
Recommendation
The feedback is taken into consideration and being refined with each offering, we are working on delivering a high quality unit to address all learning outcomes in clear and well developed moodle platform.
Action Taken
The recommendations from previous offerings have been implemented regarding a more clear and well developed moodle platform.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
I liked the fact that we had an opportunity to submit our portfolios half way through the semester and receive feedback. I would like to see this process continue in further foundation units.
Recommendation
The use of the portfolio is developing and providing formative feedback assists the students in delivering high quality work.In future the feedback will also include a score that will provide students with a better understanding on how they meeting the task requirements.
Action Taken
informal feedback was provided to students regarding their portfolios throughout the term. A more manageable system has been implemented for future offerings.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
There wasn't so much pressure on us to perform perfectly in the on-campus activities which made them much more enjoyable this term I enjoyed having mock patients in our OSCE as opposed to having a class mate to perform on. I thoroughly enjoyed the practical classes and especially the mock adjustments introduced.
Recommendation
The On-Campus activities are to help to prepare students for final OSCE examinations , they were involving short tasks to complete each week on each other to develop the students psychomotor and group work skills.In future these tasks will be shorter and the use of mock patients in OSCE is planned to continue to assist with a deeper level of learning.
Action Taken
The recommendations from previous offerings have been implemented regarding the On-Campus activities.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
I feel the unit was rather unorganised and there was miscommunication between the students and lecturers. The lecturers were unable to answer assessment questions and questions about moodle. It felt like they did not know much about what was going on within the unit.
Recommendation
A weekly synopsis was made available to all tutors across all campuses and weekly tutor meetings were held that were recorded and made available for all tutors to review each week. In future ensuring that all tutors are clear on all the material provided and have reviewed the material prior to class to make them more accountable.
Action Taken
The recommendations from previous offerings have been implemented regarding tutor communication through the use of weekly zoom meetings and weekly synopsis.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
I thought that the best aspect of this unit was the amount of hands on time we got to have with each other, using each other as patients as it really helped us prepare for our end of semester OSCE. Having a mid term OSCE I felt was really beneficial as it helped us understand areas that we needed to improve on while also getting rid of some nerves.
Recommendation
The On-Campus activities are to help to prepare students for final OSCE examinations, they involved short tasks to complete each week on each other to develop the students psychomotor and group work skills.In future these tasks will be shorter and the use of mock patients in OSCE is planned to continue to assist with a deeper level of learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
It was a very well run unit, Marti Harris replied in fast time to any posts or questions. At Brisbane the lecturers were very helpful and ran the classes well. Thank you.
Recommendation
The feedback is taken into consideration and being refined with each offering, we are working on delivering a high quality unit. Communication across the campuses and between the tutors will continue to be a focus with future offerings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
I felt this unit was well presented and organised appropriately to make navigation simple. Weekly zoom sessions allowed us to plan ahead and understand what was expected. They also allowed us to address any concerns we were having directly. Lectures were succinct and well presented, although the xray lectures were long and drawn out.
Recommendation
The weekly recorded zoom sessions will continue with future offerings of this unit to assist with communication and enhance the student learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
I think that the Mahara assessment could be improved. Instead of having to write about a concern or issue every week I’d like it if we could write reflections about something more specific like a reflection on a study paper or a research topic or a a history article would be better as we could actually learn more about chiropractic, health care and technique rather than trying to think of a concern every week as that became very, very repetitive
Recommendation
The mahara reflective portfolio task has been reviewed and will provide more formative feedback to assist the students in delivering high quality work. In future more clearly defined feedback will also provide students with a better understanding on how they are meeting the task requirements.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
The time in the lab classes in not enough to fine tune the skills learnt, They offer an opportunity to be exposed to each skill but not to have a tutor make it to each student to iron out imperfections. Extending the lab sessions from 2hrs to 3hrs (twice / week) would allow for this much needed practice.
Recommendation
It is my recommendation to extend the lab classes from two 2 hour classes to two 3 hour classes per week in future offerings, to develop the students psychomotor and group work skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (HAVE YOUR SAY)
Feedback
Regarding the end of term exam the amount of marks that were required (174 marks), 120 minutes was not a sufficient amount of time to complete this exam.
Recommendation
The feedback is taken into consideration and being refined with each offering, we are working on delivering a high quality unit to address all learning outcomes and assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the principles and practice of chiropractic management including radiographic analyses
  2. Demonstrate psychomotor skills to adjusting/manipulative set-ups at an intermediate level for the lumbar spine and lower extremities
  3. Perform soft tissue therapeutic procedures and non-force techniques at an intermediate level
  4. Interpret findings from functional analysis and musculoskeletal assessment protocols
  5. Explain matters pertaining to current public health issues and how they impact clinical care.

not applicable 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Portfolio
3 - Examination
4 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Portfolio
3 - Examination
4 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)