CHIR20005 - Diagnostic Imaging

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn to identify, interpret and understand skeletal change as represented on conventional radiographs as well as advanced imaging such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 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 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 2 - 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 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. Online Quiz(zes) 50%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

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

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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
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
Students were required to submit a formative activity each week and this was a component of the assessment.
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
The week 12 OSCE was held in a computer lab.
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
Case studies that the unit coordinator has collected over his career thus far were shared with students to reinforce relevance of imaging in patient management.
Source: Student evaluation and email correspondence.
Feedback
Some students would have preferred for the weekly content to be uploaded earlier.
Recommendation
It is recommended that unit material be made available on Moodle a minimum of two weeks in advance.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation and personal communication.
Feedback
Some students felt that they would have benefited from a stronger understanding of normal radiographic anatomy before being introduced to more advanced radiological pathologies.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator should investigate the opportunity to include more normal radiographic anatomy in the early weeks of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation.
Feedback
Students indicated that some of the learning resources could be more engaging.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator will explore ways to increase the way in which students can engage with the content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation.
Feedback
Many students found this subject area very interesting and appreciated the relevance it will have to their future careers.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator should continue to share authentic case studies that reinforce the relevance of radiology in chiropractic practice.
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. Identify normal and abnormal radiographic findings
  3. Implement a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes
  4. Select the appropriate management strategy for a variety of clinical and imaging abnormalities
  5. Create a differential diagnosis list in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis based on radiographic and clinical findings.

Learning outcome 1 - Competency 3 (3.3 and 3.5)

Learning outcome 2 - Competency 3 (3.5)

Learning outcome 3 - Competency 1 (1.3), 3 (3.3, 3.5)

Learning outcome 4 - Competency 1 (1.3), 4 (4.1, 4.2, 4.3)

Learning outcome 5 - Competency 3 (3.5)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - On-campus Activity
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - On-campus Activity