CHIR12007 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit prepares you to assess and test for neurological conditions with its focus on clinical neuroanatomy and application to professional chiropractic practice. Following a review of neuroanatomy, you will be introduced to common neurological conditions and basic neurological physical assessments. You will learn to identify the pathophysiology of neurological symptoms and basic neuropathology. Within the practical lab sessions, you will learn the techniques to competently assess neurological conditions through the use of simple case scenarios.

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

Prerequisites:

CHIR12008 Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy 2

and

BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology and Measurement

and

MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology


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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 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. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 60%
3. Examination 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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
Feedback
Learning neurological techniques on an anatomical basis is good.
Recommendation
Continue with anatomically based learning with clinically relevant information presented by the lecturer.
Action Taken
Anatomical based-learning was implemented in practical lab sessions in 2018.
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Lack of consistency between tutors at different campuses and the lecturer on important elements
Recommendation
In the future the unit coordination will be undertaken by an ongoing, rather than casual staff member. This will provide for greater opportunity to communicate with teaching staff and to ensure consistency in teaching and assessment content and method.
Action Taken
Creation of detailed Moodle site and tutor weekly synopsis, as well as improved communication between responsible parties teaching into this unit.
Source: staff and student feedback
Feedback
Too much information which does not seem to fit in with the unit profile.
Recommendation
A review of the content and sequencing in this unit will be undertaken by the HOC and modified if deemed necessary.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator and HOC reviewed the content and sequencing of the material, but further editing and refinement could be made for Term 1 2019.
Source: Direct student feedback.
Feedback
Earlier inclusion of cranial nerve based aspects, and testing, in the delivery material.
Recommendation
Modifications and editing to the overall flow, with more practical exposure, can be done to prepare, instill a greater sense of understanding and a level of expected knowledge in the basics of neurology.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Direct student feedback.
Feedback
Varied versions of video resources and some overlap with material from other units.
Recommendation
In 2018, the unit was developed with videos and resources mirrored from the Advanced Neurology unit. Students found this to be distracting and so more consistency - acquiring or using other resources - will be investigated with the ultimate goal to have introductory and more advanced video resources. Undoubtedly more delineation, integration and refinement can be achieved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform basic neurological examination and interpret neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and differential diagnoses pertinent to case presentations.
  2. Develop a diagnosis for neurological presentations by drawing upon the case history information and your knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.
  3. Interpret the neurophysiology of pain and how pathological processes could affect neurological structure and function.


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 - Examination
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
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 - Examination