CHIR20006 - Clinical Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Clinical Practice 3 provides you with your third block of practical experience with a chiropractic clinic. You will be expected to perform as a functional team member under minimal guidance of the clinic supervisors. You will build on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills learnt in the previous two clinical units of the course and will therefore be expected to demonstrate this increased knowledge and skill by contributing to patient assessment and treatment. You will be expected to actively contribute to clinical decision making be able to undertake many tasks independently. You must demonstrate a mastery level of knowledge and understanding of chiropractic procedures, processes and documentation and demonstrate compliance with Chiropractic Professional Competency Standards.

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:

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 3 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 3 - 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 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 50%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Examination 50%

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 expressed a desire for case scenarios requiring them to provide DDx lists, working diagnosis, additional imaging, rehab etc., to be provided as mini assignments throughout the term.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will develop some additional integrated case study work and incorporate into the unit.
Action Taken
Integrated case work containing elements from all of the streams of the unit have been included and worked well.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Junior clinic placement was a valuable learning experience and having the ability to have hands on patient experience was critical to the learning process.
Recommendation
The teaching faculty will review at what stage fourth year students (junior interns) can become hands on participants in the clinical environment.
Action Taken
The Junior clinic placement is an important portion of this unit and item to implement the transition of 4th year students to clinical interns. A timeline to transitioning students to hands on interns was agreed upon in 2018.+
Source: Unit Feedback
Feedback
Some students felt that a review of how competencies are marked and graded in both the teaching unit, across the campuses and in Junior Clinic would be useful for standardization.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will look into available options for standardising the grading and marking of competency assessments across the different learning sites.
Action Taken
Standardised competency marking was implemented by making the competencies pass/fail to make a more standardised assessment.
Source: Moodle student feedback
Feedback
Students found case studies were very beneficial for the understanding of the chiropractic component and the rehab component of the subject.
Recommendation
It is recommended that Integrated cases continue to form an integral part of unit content to help tie together information from all of the streams for students to appreciate a more integrated overall clinical view.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle student feedback
Feedback
Students reported a good mix of all of the content across the unit and the different assessments.
Recommendation
It is recommended that assessments should continue to reflect all aspects of the content material from the unit, one of the better ways of addressing this is by using case based clinical questions to allow all streams to be incorporated and help develop students clinical reasoning skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle student feedback
Feedback
Students continue to enjoy the junior clinic experience especially because they are exposed to what the expectations / requirements of the clinics are before taking over as senior interns.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Junior clinic placement is an important part of the transition of students into CQU interns. Policy and procedures will be worked on the ensure the experience in 2019.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform an appropriate patient-centered clinical assessment, at a mastery level within a controlled clinical environment, under minimal supervision.
  2. Synthesize clinical data to generate a clinical impression including; differential diagnosis, appropriate working diagnosis and generation of appropriate treatment plan under minimal supervision.
  3. Identify the need for a patient to receive emergency care and/or referral to another health care professions, and to complete the appropriate course of care, under minimal supervision and feedback.
  4. Undertake health prevention and promotion principles to an individual patient's management plan, under minimal supervision/feedback.
  5. Have effective communication skills, including explaining a diagnosis and treatment plan to a patient, and producing written professional reports, under minimal clinical supervision.
  6. 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, with minimal clinical supervision.

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 5 6
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination