CHIR20010 - Advanced Clinical Development 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will focus on examining, diagnosing and managing common paediatric and pregnancy related conditions. You will advance your understanding of a range of management topics related to the paediatric and pregnant population including injury prevention, advice on healthy lifestyles, self-managed care, rehabilitation, and treatment options. This unit will assist you with your clinical development in the student clinic by addressing the importance of integrating knowledge and skills to support clinical decision-making for this special population.


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


CHIR20007 Diagnostic Imaging 2


CHIR20009 Clinical Practice 4

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 1 - 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. On-campus Activity 0%
2. Portfolio 25%
3. Portfolio 25%
4. In-class Test(s) 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 16.67% 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
Quizzes could be geared towards more clinical or practical use. For example 'how would you treat', this would help reinforce learning material.
It is recommended that the Unit Coordinator focus more on translating research to practice, especially when presenting the literature throughout the unit.
Action Taken
Quizzes comprised of case studies, where students were required to utilise their clincal reasoning skills, that would (in turn) allow students to express their treatment skills.
Source: SUTE
Students would appreciate conclusive dot points for research presented during the weekly lecture content, to help them translate it into practice.
It is recommended that conclusive dot points for research be created, to help translate it into practice.
Action Taken
Lectures were reviewed and where need, updated with a summary (in dot points) of relevant research.
Source: SUTE
Some students felt the workshops could have a greater 'hands on' component, i.e., more practical.
It is recommended that the workshop has greater practical application.
Action Taken
In Progress
Source: Verbal and SUTE
Students appreciated the vast amount of knowledge and research that was actually in the lectures, with content comparable to extra curricular paediatric courses.
It is recommended that this unit continues to keep abreast of contemporary developments in the paediatric and pregnancy space.
Action Taken
In Progress
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.
  4. Apply humanistic factors involving communication skills and bio-psychosocial awareness, relative to the patient-practitioner interface.

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 4
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Portfolio
3 - Portfolio
4 - In-class Test(s)
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
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