CHIR20017 - Advanced Topics in Clinical Chiropractic

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will explore a range of professional issues that you may encounter as part of the clinical practice of chiropractic. You will discuss issues which are important to both the profession as a whole and to you as an individual practitioner. Topics covered will include those pertaining to patient care, the role of the chiropractor within the broader health care system and compliance with the ethical and legal requirements of practice. In addition to sharing your own ideas with colleagues, you will hear from experts on these matters from a range of professional backgrounds.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: CHIR20013

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 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 30%
2. Group Discussion 30%
3. Presentation 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

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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 student evaluation
Feedback
The chosen lecture topics were seen as helpful to students because they were realistic situations that may occur in practice, including how they would be managed
Recommendation
The unit coordinator is pleased that students found value in the chosen topics. He will continue to monitor the lecture content and see where, and when the material can be made more contemporary by utilising actual content derived from the wider media, medicolegal and professional regulator reports.
Action Taken
The lecture style was maintained in 2019.
Source: Have Your Say student evaluation
Feedback
Lecturer engagement with the class and the quality of the content was seen as a strength of the unit.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator is pleased students saw the quality of the material and lecture engagement as an asset to the unit as a whole. He will continue to monitor the unit content and improve lecture content and delivery options as the opportunity arise.
Action Taken
The new unit coordinator sought to replicate the style of engagement used previously.
Source: Have Your Say student evaluation
Feedback
Students felt that being exposed to different perspectives of contemporary professional issues, including unique input from leaders in the healthcare community was a positive element of the unit.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator was pleased that students found merit on being exposed to various stakeholder perspectives when discussing weekly topics. He will continue to include other stakeholder input when selecting new future topics.
Action Taken
The unit continued to use content that represented a wide range of stakeholders to provide authentic perspectives.
Source: Moodle student evaluation
Feedback
Students felt that there were too many assessments and timed too close to public holidays
Recommendation
The discipline is exploring opportunities to reposition units in T1 & T2 which should address this concern. The number of assessments (3) was selected so as to give students the best opportunity to achieve a passing grade while still exposing them to important skills, such as collaboration and the dissemination of complex information to a variety of targeted audiences.
Action Taken
The assessments were modified and rescheduled to ensure that students were not overloaded.
Source: Moodle student evaluation
Feedback
Mahara was seen as a real concern and as something to avoid engaging with in any meaningful way.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator appreciates that Mahara is a challenging platform to work with. He will investigate the use of an alternative e-portfolio platform (Weebly) for the next offering of this unit so as to directly address student concerns and improve the reflective clinical portfolio experience.
Action Taken
Mahara was not used in the 2019 offering of this unit.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students enjoyed the wide range of current clinical concepts presented.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will continue to present a wide range of current clinical concepts.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students would have preferred more challenging assessments.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will investigate alternative assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-Reflection and student evaluation scores
Feedback
Additional feedback on assignments would aid learning
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will ensure adequate time is dedicated to providing feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate complex clinical and professional issues within a contemporary healthcare setting
  2. Reflect on different stakeholder perspectives when devising management procedure in a clinical or professional setting
  3. Develop an evidence-based management procedure to address professional or clinical concern
  4. Defend a management procedure created for use in a professional or clinical setting

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Presentation
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
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
1 - Portfolio
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Presentation