CHIR20015 - Techniques and Related Research

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to provide you with the skills required to apply the analysis and therapeutic procedures of four well-established and traditional chiropractic technique systems - Gonstead, Thompson, Activator Methods and Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT). It commences with a review of the available research surrounding these chiropractic systems and proceeds through the origin and ongoing development of these systems. Following this, you will focus on the elements of analysis, contra-indication, manipulative technique and post-analysis.


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

Pre-req: CHIR20006 Clinical Practice 3

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

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. On-campus Activity 0%

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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: Moodle feedback
Better structure of the Gonstead technique days as there was too much information presented in too short a time.
Gonstead will not be taught in this subject in the future. This needs to be discussed at the retreat however it is likely it will be integrated into CP 1 or 2. In this way the technique can be practiced every week.
Action Taken
Gonstead technique was taken out of the selected techniques for this unit. The enormity of the material for this technique made it difficult to present in the time frame that was allowed. It was replaced by Toggle technique.
Source: Moodle feedback
The most unfortunate part of this course was the time frame in which the techniques were delivered. It simply was not enough time to understand and properly integrate the knowledge. Continual inhouse technique classes would help estabilsh more proficient use of the techniques within clinic as well as greater understanding and confidence for the students.
We will need to assess this at the retreat in January. It is likely we will integrate the techniques into CP2 so they can be practiced each week. For next year, we will have to conduct more tutorials so the students will understand the material.
Action Taken
As mentioned Gonstead technique was replaced. This year, Toggle, Thompson, SOT and Activator technique were delivered according to the time allowed. We made allowance for SOT and Activator technique to be taught with extra time.
Source: Moodle 'have your say'
The assignment was confusing but we got it sorted in the end.
In future, the assessment requirements will be exactly the same in Moodle and the unit profile. This recommendation will be made to the unit coordinator of CHIR20003 where the material for CHIR20015 will be placed for next year.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle 'have your say'
More zoom session to improve interaction
This recommendation will be made to the unit coordinator of CHIR20003 where the material for CHIR20015 will be placed for next year.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Exercise a critical thinking stream with respect to the technique systems and their associated research.
  2. Reflect on the prescribed pre- and post-analysis associated with each technique system.
  3. Perform the prescribed therapeutic procedures associated with each technique system.
  4. Determine any contra-indications to the use of each technique system.
  5. Design a research methodology whereby you could test the clinical effectiveness of technique systems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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