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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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. In-class Test(s) 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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 6.67% 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
Students enjoyed the weekly quizzes as a way to keep on top of the material being presented.
It is recommended that the weekly quizzes continue to be updated and provide ample ways for students to stay atop of the weekly material.
Action Taken
The weekly quizzes continued to be updated to ensure students were able to stay on top of the weekly content.
Source: Have Your Say
Some students would have liked to have weekly Zoom tutorials with the UC.
It is recommended that the UC timetable weekly Zoom tutorials with the students.
Action Taken
The UC timetabled weekly Teams tutorials with the students.
Source: Have Your Say
Students found information around the UC's expectations of practical assessment required more detail.
It is recommended that more information regarding the practical assessment expectations be presented to the students.
Action Taken
The UC provided additional information around the expectations of practical assessments.
Source: Student Feedback
Students would have appreciated a more clinical focus to this unit in preparation for the student clinic internship.
It is recommended that the new unit coordinator create content with a clinical focus to help prepare students for cases they will see during their internship.
Action Taken
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 - In-class Test(s)
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 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)