CHIR20013 - Clinical Practice 6

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Clinical Placement 6 provides you with your sixth block of practical experience within a chiropractic clinic. You will work independently while performing as a functional team member using the theoretical knowledge and practical skills developed in the previous five clinical units. You will be expected to demonstrate your increased knowledge and skill by delivering patient assessments and treatments. In addition, you will actively lead clinical decision making and management planning discussions. During this unit you will have the opportunity to have an external placement. The clinical placement 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


CHIR20011 Clinical Practice 5

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 - 2023

Term 3 - 2023 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 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. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Portfolio 0%
3. Practical Assessment 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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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
Students appreciated both the radiology and clinical diagnosis tutorials provided to prepare for clinic exit.
The unit coordinator will continue to provide preparation tutorials to allow the students to practice applying their knowledge.
Action Taken
These tutorials were provided to assist with preparation for clinic exit.
Source: Have Your Say
Students enjoyed the opportunity to practice in the student clinics with the support of the clinical academic team.
The clinical academic team will continue to provide a supportive environment for students to undertake clinical practice.
Action Taken
The student clinics continued to offer an enjoyable environment for caring for patients.
Source: Have Your Say
Some students would have appreciated more direct individual feedback
The unit coordinator and clinical academic team should create more direct individual feedback opportunities.
Action Taken
Individual feedback was frequently supplied and this was not raised as an issue with the unit coordinator in T1.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Independently plan and perform a patient-centered clinical assessment.
  2. Appraise clinical data to determine differential diagnoses, formulate an appropriate working diagnosis and generate an appropriate treatment plan for complex cases.
  3. Use case studies to assess the need for a patient to receive emergency care and/or referral to another healthcare professional and demonstrate appropriate management of such cases.
  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.

Even though this unit goes beyond the Chiropractic Council on Education Australasia's (CCEA) minimum standards, the Learning Outcomes address the majority of elements and performance indicators of those 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.

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