CHIR20005 - Diagnostic Imaging

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will enable students to identify, interpret and understand skeletal change as represented on conventional radiographs as well as provide an introduction to advanced imaging. These differential diagnostic skills are fundamental for diagnostic competence in chiropractic practice.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite:

CHIR20003 Clinical Practice 2

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 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 50%
3. Examination 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

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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
Recorded tutorials
Recommendation
Tutorials will not be recorded because tutorials require student engagement and participation to demonstrate a practical application of appropriate terminology and visualisation of pathology on diagnostic images. Watching a recording does not maximise this learning behaviour and prevents the tutor from closely following student progress and identifying individuals requiring greater attention. Recording tutorials will likely reduce student willingness to attend and participate.
Action Taken
Recorded tutorials are being developed so that during clinic placement periods students are able to freely access the material. This makes it possible to continue with the learning experience inspite of the varied schedules the students are all working to.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Assignment rubric detail
Recommendation
In order to increase the students understanding of expectation for the assignment task, an exemplar of a de-identified assignment will be provided to students in addition to the assignment rubric and marking criteria.
Action Taken
More information surrounding the marking criteria was provided for students.
Source: Student feeback
Feedback
Too much content
Recommendation
The amount of content provided in this subject is consistent with content from similar subjects at other chiropractic institutions. Student are informed of the high demand of this unit. Some of the very rare pathologies have been removed to reduce student workload and to ensure the appropriateness of content remains high. All chiropractic discipline staff were emailed to seek other opinions and review the content prior to removal of any material. The Unit must include the existing content to ensure professional accreditation and clinical patient safety.
Action Taken
Students were provided with information regarding the importance and relevance of the content. They were reassured that all content currently included was relevant and that they would need to set aside time to ensure they engaged with it.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
OSCE to be moved to exam block
Recommendation
OSCES are currently conducted in week 12. Given that this is a normal teaching week and there is a high level of content for the subject, a request to the HOC will be put forward to move the OSCE into the formal exam period.
Action Taken
Unfortunately, it was not possible to move the assessment into week 13 as it had the potential to negatively impact student preparations for the final examinations.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Some students requested that additional formative activities be created to assist with their learning experience.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the new unit coordinator introduce some regular formative activities to assist students to better understand the content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Many students requested that the week 12 assessment be held in a computer lab.
Recommendation
It is recommended that all week 12 practical assessments be held in a computer lab.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Students found the radiology material interesting and relevant to their future careers.
Recommendation
It is recommended that efforts be continued to ensure students are engaged with their radiology training.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate radiographs for signs of diseases.
  2. Compare normal and abnormal radiographic findings.
  3. Implement a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes.
  4. Select the appropriate management for a variety of abnormalities.
  5. Create a differential diagnosis list in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis based on radiographic and clinical findings.

The Learning Outcomes are in the context of the AQF and specifically address Units 6, 7, 8, 9, of the CCEA Competencies, in particular elements 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.6, 7.2, 9.2, 9.3 with an emphasis on elements 6.4, 7.1, 8.3, and 9.10.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination