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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 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.36% 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
Feedback
The students were overall very appreciative and were very satisfied with the quality of content and resources for this unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the introduced content be retained and expanded.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to present material and resources of the same standard.
Source: Have your Say and Verbal Feedback
Feedback
Students were very complimentary of the addition of clinical case material and information that provided a greater clinical focus.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the increased clinical focus should be expanded with particular attention to those conditions that may or do present in chiropractic practice.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator has investigated the inclusion of additional clinically focused material into the next offering.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
Students felt the examination was not challenging enough and should be expanded to require more clinical case material and require more critical thinking.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the examination be constructed in a manner that better evaluates deeper critical thinking and ability to showcase clinical understanding.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator made changes to some assessments giving learners a greater opportunity to showcase their deeper critical thinking within a clinical framework.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students enjoyed the weekly quizzes as a way to keep on top of the material being presented.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students would have liked to have weekly Zoom tutorials with the UC.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the UC timetable weekly Zoom tutorials with the students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students found information around the UC's expectations of practical assessment required more detail.
Recommendation
It is recommended that more information regarding the practical assessment expectations be presented to the students.
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