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CHIR12006 - Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 4

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Within this unit Foundations of Chiropractic 4 you will further develop your psychomotor skills and manipulative techniques relative to the cervical, thoracic spine, temporomandibular joint and upper extremities. You will continue to build prior knowledge of radiographic mensuration and functional biomechanics of the spine and upper extremities, to perform musculoskeletal assessments. You will also examine current public health issues related to chiropractic care.

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-requisites: CHIR12005 & CHIR12004

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 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

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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: Have Your Say student survey
Feedback
Best aspects of this unit are the practical sessions As a student went on to say "Well its chiro, so best aspects are getting hands on".
Recommendation
To develop student's psychomotor skills and improve the student learning experience the practical sessions should be extended each week. A student commented that "as we are a practical profession, I would like to see more time spent in the lab class each week. I believe that increasing the lab classes would benefit each student to learn and fine tune the practical skills required in the students future profession".This is a view that the unit coordinator supports for possible change in the future.
Action Taken
Students were provided the opportunity for additional practice sessions to develop their clinical and adjustive skills.
Source: Have Your Say student survey
Feedback
Students found the portfolio a great learning tool and did prefer having only 5 to write this semester so it gave them more time to research and reflect on their thoughts. They did wish they had a slightly higher word limit, although in some ways it helped me compress their thoughts.
Recommendation
The portfolio assessment task will continue to be used to help develop students critical thinking skills.
Action Taken
A new e-portfolio was used this year which was much more straight forward. A step by step guide was produced to assist students with the expectations of the portfolio assessment task including suggested word count.
Source: Have Your Say student survey
Feedback
The practical classes should strictly be about practical work and the Zoom sessions should be times for where the lecturer can cover public health topics or other theory topics. If they want to teach theory face to face to add a compulsory tutorial to the subject.
Recommendation
The practical classes are structured to allow for discussion of the material, better time management is planned for the future and communicated to the tutors in weekly tutor meetings.
Action Taken
The use of Echo 360 ALP video was provided for the unit content for students to review prior to attending labs, that way keeping the practical labs focused on practical skill acquisition. The unit coordinator met with tutors prior to the term beginning and prior to the final exam to discuss assessment criteria and expectations for assessment items. This was to provide and maintain a positive and supportive learning environment for the students
Source: Have Your Say student survey
Feedback
Best Foundations yet with OUTSTANDING teachers, very knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and happy to teach us the same thing again and again until it sunk in. They really helped us feel prepared for both the OSCEs, many of the other students commented they were extremely happy and felt more prepared in this semester than in others.
Recommendation
The discipline will continue to employ tutors that have a strong passion for teaching and pass on their knowledge to the next generation of chiropractors. As these are our greatest assets.
Action Taken
The Chiropractic teaching team continued to work with highly trained health professionals that are passionate about delivering the highest standard of Chiropractic education to the students.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
Students found the new e-portfolio tool more useful in regard to their learning experience.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator should continue to use the new e-portfolio (Weebly) in place of Mahara for future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students felt that communication between the unit coordinator and cross campus staff could have occurred more frequently.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continues to explore opportunities for increasing cross-campus communication with all staff members involved in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
Students reported the unit coordinator was approachable and receptive to students feedback and requests.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator will continue to focus on improving the student learning experience by focusing on improved communication with students to address their needs.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret the findings from musculoskeletal assessments including radiographic mensuration of the cervical, thoracic spine, temporomandibular joint and upper extremities to recommend an appropriate treatment/management protocol, including the adjusting techniques used
  2. Demonstrate adjusting/manipulative setups/adjustments for cervical, thoracic spine, temporomandibular joint and upper extremities at an intermediate level
  3. Perform soft tissue therapeutic procedures and non-force techniques of the cervical, thoracic spine, temporomandibular joint and upper extremities at an intermediate level
  4. Investigate how current public health issues impact chiropractic care.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
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
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Portfolio
3 - Examination
4 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)