CHIR20006 - Clinical Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Clinical Practice 3 is the third block of practical experience which is undertaken in the CQUni Health Clinic. You will perform as a functional team member under guidance of clinic supervisors and senior interns. You will build on theoretical knowledge and practical skills learnt in the previous two clinical units of the course and will be expected to demonstrate this increased knowledge and skill by contributing to patient assessment and treatment. You will actively contribute to clinical decision making and be able to undertake clinical tasks under supervision. In order to pass this unit you must demonstrate a mastery level of knowledge and understanding of chiropractic procedures, processes and documentation and demonstrate compliance with Chiropractic Professional Competency Standards.


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


CHIR20003 Clinical Practice 2 AND CHIR20005 Diagnostic Imaging


CHIR20007 Diagnostic Imaging 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 3 - 2024 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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
4. Online Test 60%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 57.14% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.42% 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: SUTE
Some students felt that the nutrition and pharmacology stream could be better integrated into the unit.
It is recommended that the discipline explore opportunities to better integrate nutrition and pharmacology within the degree.
Action Taken
The discipline explored strategies to better integrate the nutrition and pharmacology content.
Source: SUTE
Some students would appreciate additional resources to support the nutrition and pharmacology content.
It is recommended that the discipline source fresh recordings for the lecture content.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Students would appreciate a stronger focus on practical patient management for specific conditions.
It is recommended that the new Unit Coordinator explore introducing an increased focus on patient management for specific conditions during the practical classes.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform appropriate patient-centered clinical assessments and management in a mock setting.
  2. Synthesise clinical data to generate an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan which consider the principles of health promotion, injury prevention, and interprofessional practice.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills, including explaining a diagnosis and treatment plan to a patient, and producing written professional reports.
  4. Behave in a way that is congruent with the duty of care of a primary contact health care practitioner and the elements of the chiropractic code of conduct.

This unit is a specific immersion unit to assist the student to develop their individualised pathway towards strengthening the majority of elements and performance indicators of CCEA’s Accreditation Standards for areas considered ‘clinical interest’ as opposed to general practice. In total, this unit will address aspects of Unit 6 Patient Assessment, Unit 7 Diagnostic Decision Making, Unit 8 Planning of Patient Care, Unit 9 Implementation of Care, and Unit 3 Professional Interaction. There will be some elements addressed from Unit 10 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and Unit 11 Professional Scientific Development.

The Learning Outcomes will be evident in continuing, supervised patient contact leading to participation in patient care.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online Test
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