CHIR20007 - Diagnostic Imaging 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is a continuation of Diagnostic Imaging 1. The unit further prepares you to identify, interpret, report and communicate skeletal changes of pathological process not previously covered, as they present on conventional radiographs and advanced imaging modalities. These differential diagnostic skills are fundamental competencies in Chiropractic practice.


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


CHIR20006 Clinical Practice 3


CHIR20005 Diagnostic Imaging 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 - 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 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 40%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Oral Examination 30%
4. Case Study 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 6.25% 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: Email
Some students found the unit to be content heavy and challenging.
It is recommended that the discipline explores adding a preparatory unit for Diagnostic Imaging at the next curriculum review that will allow the required content to be more easily managed and assimilated by the students.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator has developed content for the outsourced CB77 unit where the preparatory material is part of the profile. Further discussions will occur to decide how this preparatory content is delivered in the future.
Source: Email
Students found this topic and the way it was delivered interesting and clinically useful.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continue to provide a practical, genuine and authentic teaching approach.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator has continued to provide a practical, genuine and authentic teaching approach and student experience.
Source: Self reflection and observation
Some students may benefit from an educator in the classroom and on-campus activity to facilitate engagement.
It is recommended that to provide in classroom tutorials which provide an authentic experience, higher resolution monitors and .dicom viewing software be provided for all computers in the PC lab where CHIR20007 meets.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the radiographic signs of disease.
  2. Differentiate normal from abnormal radiographic structures of the body.
  3. Develop and utilise a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes.
  4. Create a differential diagnosis list and decide which entity is most likely based on radiographic and clinical information.
  5. Select appropriate management for a variety of abnormalities.
  6. Write complete and concise radiology reports.

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
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Oral Examination
4 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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