CHIR20001 - Advanced Clinical Neurology and Diagnosis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Advanced Clinical Neurology and Diagnosis builds upon your knowledge and understanding of the human body which you achieved through your undergraduate studies. In this unit you will focus upon the clinical presentation of neurological conditions which may be encountered in chiropractic practice. You will develop an understanding of the pathophysiological processes underlying neurological symptoms and signs at clinical presentation, and extend your skills in the interpretation of these changes through client history and physical examination.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 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 Postgraduate 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. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Practical Assessment 35%
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: Student feedback and Self-reflection
Feedback
More cases could be useful.
Recommendation
Although there were many cases included in 2018, more are needed. The 2019 offering will have more cases, due to the availability of more time. This is because much of the basic neurology has now been moved into an undergraduate unit (started in 2018), and will thus make room for more clinically relevant material in CHIR20001.
Action Taken
A greater emphasis on case studies was given in the 2019 offering. There were also no comments on ‘Have your say’ this year regarding the need for more cases. At this point, this issue appears to be resolved.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
There was some discrepancy between information from the lecturer, and the tutors.
Recommendation
This will be investigated and addressed. The most likely area of discrepancy is related to variations in the dermatome maps, which is a topic associated with some controversy.
Action Taken
Investigation did not elicit any information regarding this discrepancy. All tutors in the unit stated that they followed the unit workbook and all instructions. It also did not get mentioned in the 2019 ‘have your say’. At this point, this issue appears to be resolved
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The course was well organised and easy to navigate.
Recommendation
Clarity will be maintained.
Action Taken
Clarity was maintained, and this was reflected in the student evaluation scores.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
The OSCE practical exam was not good at discriminating between students' abilities.
Recommendation
The tasks in the OSCE examination will be made a little more challenging. However, this will still be accompanied by an appropriately detailed rubric, given to students early in the term.
Action Taken
The OSCE examination was made more challenging, and this certainly did discriminate between students. There was a greater distribution of grades this year as a result. However, there was a significant range of comments regarding this, which will be discussed in section 6.
Source: Student feedback - Have your say
Feedback
OSCE's provided a positive challenge to many students, however, Part 2 of the examination was difficult, primarily due to inadequate time allocated to the task.
Recommendation
It is recommended that in future offerings, part 2 of the OSCE will be maintained. However it would be reasonable to extend the time allocated to it.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback - Have your say
Feedback
The unit was very well organised, with good moodle set up, resources and classes.
Recommendation
There will be a new convenor in 2020, but it is recommended that the organisation, resources and classes will be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the pathophysiological basis of neurological symptoms and signs
  2. Perform a neurological assessment based on the patient's presentation
  3. Formulate a differential diagnosis from neurological assessment findings
  4. Identify clinical scenarios which require referral and/or investigation.

The learning outcomes of this unit contribute to the following CCEA Competency Units (2017 version):

Practice Competency 3: Clinical Assessment

3.1 Obtains and records a History.

3.2 Performs a Clinical Examination.

3.3 Obtains the results of clinical, laboratory and other diagnostic procedures necessary to perform care.

3.4 Recognises determinants of health.

3.5 Critically analyses information available to generate a clinical impression.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination