CHIR12007 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will learn about important features of clinical conditions which are commonly encountered in chiropractic practice. In learning the etiology, incidence, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of these conditions, you will integrate this theoretical knowledge with the the assessment and management skills acquired in Professional Chiropractic Practice 1 (CHIR13008).

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:

MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology 

Co-requisite:

CHIR13008 Professional Chiropractic Practice 1 

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 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. Portfolio 20%
2. In-class Test(s) 30%
3. Examination 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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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: 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
This was completed and at this point, the issue is considered resolved. There was exposure to the cranial nerves, with clustering, and introduction of relevant neurological testing and peripheral nerves sooner throughout the term.
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
There was more consistency provided in practical sessions and video resources utilised in this unit.The lecture recordings remained relatively unchanged from 2018. Work has begun on creating new recordings, however this task has not yet been completed. Further modifications are being planned to minimise any resource confusion or clarity issues.
Source: Students response from "Have Your Say"
Feedback
The students felt that having only one two-hour tutorial per week wasn't enough to cover the knowledge and practical skills required for this unit.
Recommendation
This unit is being modified as part of the 2020 Chiropractic curriculum review. The student's eagerness to learn, as evidenced by the request for additional tutorial time, shall be advanced as part of the review and discussion in the plan proposals.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students response from "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Students appreciated having a mid-term OSCE and that the lead up preparation and final exam were set out well for effective learning.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator shall continue to provide information and assessment tasks to students in a fashion to maximise their learning and deliver authentic clinical scenarios.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students response from "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Students requested that practical assessment rubrics be implemented with more consistency and clarity for both staff and students.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator shall endeavour to create clearly defined parameters and instructional materials for tutors across the campuses to use during the assessment processes to maximise equity and discrimination capabilities in the marking rubrics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the etiology, incidence and pathophysiology of commonly encountered conditions of the spine and extremities in chiropractic practice
  2. Describe the clinical presentation of commonly encountered conditions of the spine and extremities in chiropractic practice
  3. Demonstrate an introductory level of clinical reasoning in relation to the selection and application of commonly used assessment and management procedures.

Learning outcome 1 - competency 3 (3.4)

Learning outcome 2 - competency 3 (3.4)

Learning outcome 3 - competency 1 (1.2, 1.3), 3 (3.3, 3.4, 3.5). 4 (4.1, 4.2)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - In-class Test(s)
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 - Portfolio
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Examination