CHIR13006 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will learn about the important features of complex and multifaceted clinical conditions which are 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, diagnosis and management skills acquired in Professional Chiropractic Practice 2 (CHIR13009). This unit builds upon the knowledge and skills you have obtained in Professional Chiropractic Practice 1 (CHIR13008) and Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 1 (CHIR12007).

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: CHIR12007 and CHIR13008

Co-requisite: CHIR13009

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).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 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. Portfolio 20%
2. In-class Test(s) 30%
3. Written Assessment 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

To view Past Exams, please login
Previous Feedback

No previous feedback available

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 Survey Comments from "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Although daunting in the amount of material, students appreciated that the Moodle site was numbered, easy to follow and the outcomes were clearly identified. Comments were made that the information was presented in a logical fashion and relevant at this introductory level. Students felt that presented material could have been clustered and prioritised in terms of usefulness and provided in the lecture material.
Recommendation
Despite the content being extensive, further streamlining and modifications to assist in integration was recommended with the discipline commencing a standard formatting layout among the units. Some of the recommendations can include standard and professional online video resources, (i.e.CQU digital media resources). Case scenarios can be designed for problem-based learning to engage the students more in the on-campus activity.
Action Taken
Suggestions about the unit material were implemented and completed in 2019 as per the recommendation with the prioritisation of tests to relevant clinical conditions.
Source: Student Survey Comments from "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Students appreciated having the extra tutorial and practical sessions. They greatly appreciated the input from the tutors that made this class both interesting and appropriate.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the discipline continue to have dedicated tutors that both appreciate and explain the nuances of orthopaedic testing in clinical settings. The students had indicated they appreciated the enthusiasm, passion and commitment of their respective tutors and felt it was a great asset for the unit and the chiropractic course.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator and tutors interspersed personal clinical experiences which contextualised and helped to engage student learning with real-life experience examples.
Source: Student Survey Comments from "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Students would like to see more diversity in both lecture presentations (rather than a description similar to 'just reading' - such as interjecting clinical pearls or personal experiences); another mid-term OSCE and an assignment to assess their knowledge in other ways than what was previously given.
Recommendation
Current format design of lecture and subsequent presentation will be re-assessed as to make the lectures 'more conducive to learning' - specifically to engage rather than 'sage on the stage' and merely speaking. The recommendations are, once again, to have clinical experiences interjected to maintain both interest and relevance to the need for material knowledge acquisition. The suggestion was to have more 'clinical pearls and experiences'.
Action Taken
A review was made to provide greater diversity of information delivery which accommodated for student learning needs and preferences. Assessment tasks underwent extensive revision and modifications for term 1, 2020 which were consistent with the strategic planning associated with the CB77 Curriculum review. This revision provided for expanded testing options.
Source: Students comments from "Have Your Say" as well as direct input to the Unit Cordinator.
Feedback
Students would have appreciated having a mid-term OSCE so that less weight would be placed on the final end of term OSCE.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the curriculum review being undertaken re-evaluate assessment tasks and specific criteria (and thereby enhance student learning and engagement) with an assessment in the mid-term period, rather than entirely at the end of term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students comments from "Have Your Say".
Feedback
Students commented that the most recent examination was one of their most challenging and would have liked a bit more scheduled time.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator and review team members place more scrutiny on the examination vetting processes in 2020 and beyond to ensure students are provided adequate time for written examinations.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students comments from "Have Your Say".
Feedback
Students indicated that they would like a clustered, pre-determined, condition-based list of orthopaedic tests to perform.
Recommendation
It is recommended that students enhance their overall understanding through more self-directed problem based learning (such as with clustering construction of data) rather than rote learning methods.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss and describe the etiology, incidence, pathophysiology and clinical presentations of complex and multifaceted conditions of the spine and extremities seen in chiropractic practice
  2. Using provided clinical presentations of complex and multifaceted conditions of the spine and extremities develop differential and working diagnoses
  3. Demonstrate appropriate clinical reasoning in the selection of procedures used in the assessment and management of complex and multifaceted conditions seen in chiropractic practice.

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 - Written Assessment
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
7 - Cross Cultural 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 - Written Assessment