CHIR20011 - Clinical Practice 5

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Clinical Practice 5 provides you with your fifth block of practical experience within a chiropractic clinic. Under decreasing guidance from your clinic supervisors, you will work as a functional team member and use the theoretical knowledge and practical skills developed in the previous four clinical units. Therefore, you will be expected to demonstrate this increased knowledge and skill by delivering patient assessment and treatment. You will begin to actively lead clinical decision making and management planning discussions. During this unit you will be able to undertake many clinical tasks independently. This intern experience is a valuable bridge between university and professional practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


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 2 - 2023

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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. In-class Test(s) 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Professional Practice Placement 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.

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 5.71% 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
Some students reported confusion around the assessment tasks in this unit.
It is recommended that assessment tasks be reviewed for clarity by the clinical education team.
Action Taken
The assessment tasks were reviewed and modified to reflect this feedback. The unit assessments will continue to be refined.
Source: Verbal feedback
Students enjoyed the practical nature of the unit and having the opportunity to work with students from another healthcare discipline.
It is recommended that opportunities for students to work with students from other healthcare disciplines be expanded, where possible.
Action Taken
Additional tutorials were included this year which included multidisciplinary practitioners. This was well received by the students.
Source: Student unit evaluation and feedback from the students.
The students enjoyed the unit and in particular the interdisciplinary case discussions.
It is recommended that case based learning continue to be a part of this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and perform an appropriate patient-centered clinical assessment, at a mastery level
  2. Independently appraise clinical data to determine differential diagnoses, formulate an appropriate working diagnoses and then generate an appropriate treatment plan
  3. Use case studies with minimal supervisor guidance to assess the need for a patient to receive emergency care and/or referral to another health care professional, and perform an appropriate course of care
  4. Prepare and present a health promotion plan as part of a patient’s management plan
  5. Explain a diagnosis and treatment plan to a patient, and produce professional written reports using effective communication skills
  6. Independently and consistently comply with the duty of care of a primary health care practitioner and the Chiropractic Code of Conduct.

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. These will be evidenced by the portfolio which will log each patient interaction.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Professional Practice Placement
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 8