CHIR20009 - Clinical Practice 4

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit follows on directly from Clinical Practice 3 and will provide you with your first hands-on practical experience. You will build on your theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained over the previous three clinical units. You will begin undertaking patient assessments and management with guidance from your supervisor. During the term, you will actively demonstrate your developing clinical assessment and decision making, treatment delivery, record keeping, communication skills and professionalism with support from the clinical supervisors. By the end of CP4, an increasing level of competency, consistency and professionalism in the healthcare setting should be demonstrable.

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

CHIR20006 Clinical Practice 3

and

CHIR20005 Diagnostic Imaging 1

and

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 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 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Examination 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.24% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students felt that additional time for the written examination would have allowed them to perform better.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will consider the examination requirements in relation to time allowance in more detail to ensure students do not feel rushed.
Action Taken
The formal examination period was cancelled in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic so while the time allowed was extended, it did not end up being implemented as a result of the cancellation and an alternate assessment being set.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Many students enjoyed the cross-campus weekly zoom tutorials including the opportunity to discuss cases.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will continue to offer cross-campus weekly zoom sessions to encourage student engagement.
Action Taken
The cross-campus weekly zoom tutorials continued across the term.
Source: Have Your Say and Class Rep discussions
Feedback
Some students identified concerns with the clinical experience in relation to consistency and support from the clinical academic team and general clinic processes.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will work closely with the new head of clinics to ensure that students are receiving the necessary consistency and support including that processes are clearly explained.
Action Taken
The clinical experience appears to be improving as a result of processes and policies being implemented in the clinical environment.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students appreciated the positive and engaging content that was created to assist their continued clinical education during the COVID-19 related closure.
Recommendation
It is recommended that this new content be retained and used for interns that require additional support in future cohorts.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say and verbal feedback
Feedback
Students found completing their end of term assessments online to be a good method for assessment.
Recommendation
Providing online assessments with invigilation should be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say and verbal feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the opportunity to try alternative forms of practice, such as telehealth.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the clinic educators continue to provide interesting and alternative clinical education experiences.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
During the weeks when the clinic was closed due to COVID-19, some students would have liked more weekly content.
Recommendation
New content was developed at short notice, however, it is recommended that this new content be maintained for future cohorts.
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, within a clinical environment, under the guidance of the clinical supervisor.
  2. Synthesize clinical data to generate differential diagnoses for specific patient complaints, select an appropriate working diagnosis and generate an appropriate treatment plan.
  3. Provide an appropriate course of care while also applying health prevention and promotion principles to an individual patient’s management plan, with supervision and feedback.
  4. Demonstrate an intermediate level of communication skills, including explaining a diagnosis and treatment plan to a patient, and producing written professional reports, with guidance from clinical supervisor.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate professional conduct, congruent with the duty of care of a primary contact health care practitioner and the elements of the chiropractic code of conduct.
  6. Identify the need for a patient to receive emergency care and or referral to another health care professional, with supervision and feedback.

The Learning Outcomes address the majority of elements and performance indicators of CCEA’s Accreditation Standards: Unit 3 Professional Interaction, Unit 6 Patient Assessment, Unit 7 Diagnostic Decision Making, Unit 8 Planning of Patient Care, and Unit 9 Implementation of Care. 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 evidenced in continuing, supervised full patient contact, Clinical Log Book and by specific 'time and place' assessment.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Portfolio
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 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 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination