CHIR20003 - Clinical Practice 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Clinical Practice 2 you will continue to build on your clinical competency in preparation for your clinical internship. These competencies include clinical reasoning, clinical assessment, diagnosis and management skills. While on your second external placement, you will be expected to perform as a functional team member under guidance of the clinic supervisors. The external placement will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on chiropractic procedures, processes and documentation, building on the practical experience gained during the first placement in Clinical Practice 1.


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


CHIR20002 Clinical Practice 1

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 2 - 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 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 70%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 33.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 10.34% 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
Some students felt that the rehab component of the unit could be made more user friendly by increasing the available resources for teaching it and also maximising the in class time by focusing on skills.
It is recommended that the discipline explore the option of increasing rehab resources and that in class time be limited to practicing skills.
Action Taken
The rehabilitation stream was reviewed and in-class time was dedicated to practicing skills which students enjoyed.
Source: Have Your Say
Some students would have liked more time dedicated to case studies.
It is recommended that some time be set aside each week to work through case studies with the students.
Action Taken
Time was set aside each week to work through case studies.
Source: Have Your Say
Students enjoyed the competency style of assessment.
It is recommended that the competency style of assessment be continued.
Action Taken
The competency assessments were continued in the 2022 offering.
Source: SUTE
Some students would have liked additional structure during the practical classes.
It is recommended that increasing the structure of the practical classes be explored.
Action Taken
Source: Verbal feedback
Some students would have liked more time dedicated to the specialty techniques to improve their confidence with applying the techniques.
It is recommended that the specialty techniques aspect of the unit be extended to increase student competence and confidence.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop, refine and integrate problem solving skills through clinical case work, decision making and self reflective management at an intermediate level
  2. Demonstrate advanced level clinical skills required to assess patients and deliver appropriate management protocols
  3. Display professional and ethical behaviour appropriate for a healthcare professional in multicultural Australia, in accordance with the professional code of conduct
  4. Reflect on the operational and clinical aspects of chiropractic care.

Learning outcome 1 - CCEA standard of competency 3 (3.1, 3.2), 4 (4.1, 4.3), 5 (5.2)

Learning outcome 2 - CCEA standard of competency 1 (1.2), 3 (3.1, 3.2, 3.5), 4 (4.1, 4.3), 5 (5.2)

Learning outcome 3 - CCEA standard of competency 1 (1.2, 1.2, 1.4), 2 (2.1, 2.4), 4 (4.2, 4.3), 5 (5.3, 5.4)

Learning outcome 4 - CCEA standard of competency 2 (2.4, 2.5)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Written Assessment
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 8
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Written Assessment