CHIR20002 - Clinical Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Clinical Practice 1 will provide you with your first opportunity to work at a satisfactory level after completing your undergraduate studies. This is the first of six clinical practical units in which you will gain experience by observing a real chiropractic clinic during a placement. In Clinical Practice 1 you will be expected to perform as a functional team member under guidance of the clinic supervisors and placement mentors whilst developing observational and reflective skills.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:

Student must be enrolled in CC71 - Master of Clinical Chiropractic

and

Corequisite:

CHIR20001 Advanced Neurology and Skeletal Dysfunction

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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 60%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Examination 40%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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 - Have Your Say
Feedback
Placement was very popular but it's scheduling has been highlighted as a potential issue. Feedback was received to ask for it to be at either the beginning or the end of the term or reduced to 2 week blocks.
Recommendation
It is recommend that scheduling will be looked into to investigate the feasibility of having the placement block at either end of the term. The placement blocks are being reviewed within the curriculum review to assess if they can be broken into shorter blocks but not reducing (or not greatly reducing) the overall time.
Action Taken
As a result of COVID-19 the external placements were cancelled in 2020 and replaced with online mentoring sessions.
Source: Student - Have Your Say
Feedback
Competencies are a good form of assessment because students are able to get instant ongoing feedback on exactly where they are going wrong, and where they can improve. They can attempt the skill multiple time and incorporate the feedback to their preparation.
Recommendation
It is recommend that selecting competencies (mini-CEX) carefully to reflect as broad a section of the unit material as possible should ensure that assessment and learning is as appropriate as possible.
Action Taken
Competencies were selected to ensure all skills were adequately assessed.
Source: Student - Have Your Say
Feedback
Students report that they feel they are reflecting on the same topics every semester, to make the submissions more meaningful 2 or 3 submissions rather than 6 would allow them to find more individual topics.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the number of required reflective submissions should be reduced to allow students to select more individual topics and write more in depth submissions.
Action Taken
The number of required reflections was decreased.
Source: Student - Have Your Say
Feedback
The Nutrition stream felt disjointed, having different people responsible for the lecture, tutorials and exam questions has caused some frustration.
Recommendation
It is recommended that a nutrition specialist run the nutrition stream in it's entirety (lectures, tutorials and assessments to ensure the experience is consistent) as opposed to the having different individuals looking after each component separately.
Action Taken
The nutrition stream within this unit was improved upon, however, additional work is required to make it more fluid.
Source: Have Your Say and verbal feedback
Feedback
Students found the online assessment was beneficial for easing their examination stress.
Recommendation
It is recommended that end of term assessments continue to be delivered online.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say and verbal feedback
Feedback
Students would prefer to attend campus for the practical portions of the unit.
Recommendation
The practical portions of the class should return to campus as soon as is safe to do so.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say and verbal feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the opportunity to discuss cases and perspectives of practice with clinical placement site chiropractors under the current circumstances.
Recommendation
Increased engagement with the field should be encouraged. While the external placements will return as soon as it is considered safe to do so this served as a good learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop, refine and integrate problem solving skills through clinical assessment, decision making and management at an intermediate level.
  2. Display behaviour appropriate to a professional health care provider, including ethical practice management and upholding the professional code of conduct.
  3. Demonstrate empathetic communication skills in the practitioner-patient relationship, and other professional and personal relationships.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate sustainably within the broader health care system, including responsible use of health care resources, the ability to collaborate with other health care disciplines, and the employment of health promotion and preventative strategies through community education.

On successful completion of this unit you will meet certain CCEA requirements that will progress you towards applying for registration as a chiropractor in Australia.

The Learning Outcomes build towards CCEA’s Accreditation Standard 4.4.3 regarding Clinical Sciences.

This unit is designed to contribute towards you having adequate and early patient experiences and opportunities to acquire sufficient clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to assume appropriate clinical responsibility upon graduation.

It provides early, supervised patient contact leading to participation in patient care. Your clinical skills training includes physical, clinical and lab diagnosis, mental health assessment, orthopaedics, gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging procedures and interpretation, nutrition, rehabilitation, ergonomics, pharmacology (a working knowledge of commonly used medications and pharmaceuticals), and other appropriate subjects. Clinical skills include history taking, physical examination, spinal analysis, mental health assessment, first aid and emergency procedures, manual techniques, physical therapies (such as heat, cold, bracing, electrical therapies, etc.), and other treatment procedures, communication, leadership skills, etc. Appropriate clinical responsibility would include physical and mental health promotion, disease prevention and patient care, for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patient. Participation in patient care would include relevant community experience and teamwork with other health professions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
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
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
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 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Examination