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 Not Applicable
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.
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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

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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: student feedback
Feedback
Course content is very interesting, more clinical cases would be helpful
Recommendation
The unit content, sequencing and delivery is currently subject to review. It is envisaged that a greater component of the unit will be devoted to the discussion and evaluation of clinical cases.
Action Taken
The entire unit has been restructured. In addition, 15 case studies are now included, and formed a significant part of the tutorial program.
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Students question the need for the amount of diagnostic equipment prescribed for the course.
Recommendation
The need for individual students to purchase their own ophthalmoscope and otoscope has been removed. These items will be provided by the University for student use in practical classes.
Action Taken
A decision was made that it was not mandatory for students to buy equipment. Instead, sufficient numbers were purchased for each campus.
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Considerable discrepancy between what the lecturer is saying and what the tutors are saying in many areas.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator/lecturer will be replaced and an ongoing staff member has been assigned to coordinate and lecture into the unit next year.
Action Taken
A new unit convenor was appointed in 2018.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The course was well organised and easy to navigate.
Recommendation
Clarity will be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
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