CHIR20010 - Advanced Clinical Development 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will integrate the material studied within the chiropractic course with the further development of critical thinking skills and your capacity to assess, diagnose and manage common neuromusculoskeletal conditions, using clinical case scenarios in the adult and sports-related populations. You will develop an understanding of management approaches to chiropractic care including the integration of the principles and practice of the science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic. Management approaches include prevention, advice on healthy lifestyles, self-managed care, rehabilitation and the utilisation of clinical outcome measures. You will appreciate the importance of integrating knowledge and skills to support clinical decision-making and be willing to adapt with guidance from supervisors and mentors.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite:

CHIR20006 Clinical Practice 3

and

CHIR20007 Diagnostic Imaging 2

Co-requisite:

CHIR20009 Clinical Practice 4

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online

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. Portfolio 20%
2. In-class Test(s) 40%
3. Examination 40%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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: Student Feedback and Self-Reflection
Feedback
Volume of Content
Recommendation
Moderate reduction will be put in place as subsequent cohorts have completed the prerequisite material.
Action Taken
A substantial reduction in the amount of material in the form of power points and other documentations took place this year.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Inadequate Technique Lessons
Recommendation
More practical sessions and involvement of elective techniques, within the altered format of the 1st Year Master's program have addressed technique issues with mini clinical evaluations and competencies.
Action Taken
Chiropractic techniques are not and never have been a component of this unit. The comment may reflect broader comment on the course.
Source: Student Feedback, through formal unit evaluations and indirect face-to-face discussions.
Feedback
Areas for study and expectations for assessment
Recommendation
It is acknowledged that students are seeking more detail on assessment requirements. Processes will be implemented to provide that detail via the Unit Profile and Moodle.
Action Taken
Assessment tasks were clearly defined, a rubric for the assignment component was made available early in the term and the examinations were clear and unambiguous.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Decrease in amount of weekly case scenarios
Recommendation
Consideration for more 'open discussion' or problem-based learning approach and shall consider this viable option going forward.
Action Taken
Weekly case scenarios were abandoned in the 2018 offering.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
More information on treatment options needed.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will introduce more information on management into the unit next year.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Practical sessions are required.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will investigate the possibility of introducing practical intensives into the unit in 2019.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The lectures needed to be upoloaded earlier.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will upload lectures no later than one week prior to the relevant week.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the morphology of a clinical condition according to its anatomy, biomechanics, etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology and prevalence.
  2. Interpret findings from a case history and physical assessment to formulate and develop a differential diagnosis or clinical impression in order to consider an appropriate management plan and prognosis, taking in consideration patient safety, absolute and relative contraindications.
  3. Apply the appropriate chiropractic approach to treatment (within the scope of practice) that includes technique/skills, exercises/rehabilitation, health promotion, prevention, lifestyle advice and self-managed care in a professional and ethical way, in accordance with the chiropractic code of conduct and professional standards.

This is a specific preparatory unit to assist you to develop an individualised pathway towards strengthening the majority of elements and performance indicators of CCEA’s Accreditation Standards. There is also a loose alignment with the Clinical Interest Groups of the Chiropractors Association of Australia (National).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
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
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Examination
1 - Portfolio