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CHIR13008 - Professional Chiropractic Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit follows on from Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 4. The unit will utilise simple case scenarios to further develop your clinical reasoning skills. You will understand the pathologies of the musculo-skeletal system of the spine, you will learn to formulate a differential diagnosis using your basic assessment and diagnostic skills gained in Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 1-4 and Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 1. The tests/assessments covered in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 2 will be integrated and applied to diagnostic and assessment protocols. You will be required to formulate a chiropractic treatment/management approach according to the case scenario studied. Spinal and peripheral techniques will also be ‘fine-tuned’ and practiced.

Details

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

Effective 2016:

Pre-requisites:

CHIR12006 Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 4

and

CHIR12004 Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy 1

And

Co-requisite

CHIR12007 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2017

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 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. Practical Assessment 50%
3. Examination 30%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 26.67% 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: 'Have your Say' survey
Feedback
Students found the Moodle site layout was easy to navigate and was up to date every week with content delivered in a timely manner to ensure access before zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continue to focus on developing an easy to navigate Moodle site with content delivered in a timely manner to ensure access prior to tutorials to enhance the student learning experience.
Action Taken
The Moodle site continued to be updated well in advance.
Source: 'Have your Say' survey
Feedback
Students reported the interactive Zoom tutorials were engaging and assisted in their learning.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continue to focus on ways of developing engaging content to enhance the student learning experience.
Action Taken
As we returned to campus in 2021, there was no need to continue with the Zoom tutorials. However, the unit coordinator created engaging content for the students to learn from in the practical sessions.
Source: 'Have your Say' survey
Feedback
Students reported the unit coordinator was approachable and receptive to student feedback and requests.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continue to strive to improve student learning experiences, focusing on improved communication with students to address their needs.
Action Taken
The UC continued to provide a student learning experience that valued open communication across all campuses with both students and tutors.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students appreciated how CHIR13008 and CHIR12007 completemented each other. One student stated 'I loved how well it dovetailed with CAD1 and that I can now take a history and make a DDx which I couldn't really do before I started this subject'.
Recommendation
It is recommended that these two co-requisite units continue to be coordinated by the same unit coordinator to ensure smooth delivery of the content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students valued the engaging learning environment created by the practical tutors and the unit coordinator. One student stated 'Usually at this point I'm over the semester and want it to be finished but for PCP I am eager to learn more!'
Recommendation
It is recommended that the practical tutors and the unit coordinator continue to create an engaging learning experience for the students using material that is clinically focused, authentic and delivered by experienced practitioners.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the musculo-skeletal pathologies of the spine.
  2. Interpret the clinical case findings from the case history and physical examination to form differential diagnoses.
  3. Discuss chiropractic management approaches within the context of the Australian Health care system.
  4. Critically analyse and reflect on relevant sources of information relating to neuomusculoskeletal diagnosis including those from reliable, appropriate, up-to-date peer reviewed journals
  5. Apply advanced psychomotor skills to adjustment set-ups and thrusts for spinal and peripheral joints.

From the Council of Chiropractic Education Australasia: Competency based Standards for Entry Level Chiropractors:

Learning outcomes 2 and 4: Standard 6: Patient Assessment. 6.1: Obtains and records patient history, 6.2 : Performs a thorough physical examination, performs a thorough neuromusculoskeletal examination, 6.7, effectively deals with patients referred by another health care provide or an agency. Standard 7: Establishes differential and working diagnoses from the information required.

Learning Outcomes 3, 5 and 6: Standard 8: Planning of Patient Care: 8.1 Bases patient management plans on adequate diagnostic data 8.3 Designs an appropriate patient management plan, 8.4 Considers safety in patient care.

Learning Outcomes 1: Standard 7: Diagnostic Decision Making 7.1.; Establishes differential and working diagnosis from the information required. 7.2 Collaborates and refers as necessary to obtain expert opinion.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio
3 - Examination
2 - Practical Assessment