CHIR20016 - Applied Nutrition and Pharmacology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit aims to provide you with the skills required to apply the principles of human nutrition and pharmacology to the musculoskeletal health of your future patients. It commences with a review of the general principles in these disciplines, ensuring that your knowledge is both comprehensive and commensurate with current evidence. Following this, you will focus on the elements of pharmacology and nutrition most relevant to your role as a health professional. In the area of pharmacology, this includes a more detailed look at the use of steroids and other medications used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disease, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and an exploration of the adverse reactions of drugs on musculoskeletal function. In the area of nutrition, the relationship between nutrients - in food and by supplementation - and the health of the musculoskeletal system will be studied. You will utilise research databases in an attempt to distinguish between fact and fallacy in the area of dietary intervention.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite:

CHIR20009 Clinical Practice 4

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mackay

Website

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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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Feedback Source Recommendation
I believe that the on-line test should be replaced with a more challenging assessment task. Self-reflection Consider other forms of assessment to replace the online test. Maintain the online test for formative assessment.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain a broad range of concepts in nutritional science and pharmacology to patients and to other health care practitioners.
  2. Evaluate current research on a topic in the area of nutrition and/or pharmacology.
  3. Compare the pharmacological management options for a range of common musculoskeletal disorders.
  4. Analyse the relationship between nutrients and the health of the musculoskeletal system.
  5. Contrast the effects of commonly prescribed drugs on the musculoskeletal system, including both therapeutic effects and adverse reactions.
  6. Propose a process for assessing patients to identify any adverse reaction to medications, both prescribed and over the counter.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - In-class Test(s)    
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced 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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - In-class Test(s)        
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Herbs & natural supplements: an evidence-based guide.
Author/s: Braun L, Cohen M. Year: 2014
Edition: 4 Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Aystralia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
A guide to integrative and complementary medicine
Author/s: Kotsirilos V, Vitetta L, Sali A. Year: 2011
Edition: 1 Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRobyn Beirman (r.beirman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

NUTRITION 1

Introduction
Week 2 13-03-2017

PHARMACOLOGY 1

Review of basic pharmacology

Week 3 20-03-2017

NUTRITION 2

1. Inflammation

2. Bone Health

Week 4 27-03-2017

PHARMACOLOGY 2

1. An overview of the pharmacological management of pain

2. NSAIDS

Week 5 03-04-2017

NUTRITION 3

1. Joint Health

2. Muscle Health

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

PHARMACOLOGY 3

Steroids

Week 7 24-04-2017

NUTRITION 4

1. Cardiovascular disease

2. Cancer

Week 8 01-05-2017

PHARMACOLOGY 4

1. Musculoskeletal and neurological side effects of drugs

2. Drugs in Sport

In class test May 1st

In class test Due Monday (01 May 17) 01:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

NUTRITION

1. Liver Disease/ Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis

2. Immune Function/Chronic Inflammation

Week 10 15-05-2017

PHARMACOLOGY 5

Principles of pharmacological management of Musculoskeletal disorders

Dietary intake recording and macro/micro nutrient analysis Due Friday (19 May 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

NUTRITION 6

1. Food Allergies/Food Intolerances

2. Paediatric/ Geriatric/ Sports Nutrition

Week 12 29-05-2017

PHARMACOLOGY 6

Principles of Toxicology

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

The tutorial for this unit will be conducted via Zoom. This means you can join the class from anywhere as long as you have your computer/tablet/smart phone etc.

You will find details on how to connect to Zoom on the Moodle web page.

The meeting number for your pharmacology tutorials is 3926507062. The meeting number for your nutrition tutorials will be emailed to you before the beginning of term.

1 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In class test
Task Description

This in class test will assess your understanding of the Pharmacology content covered in weeks 2, 4 and 6. It will be of 1 hour duration.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 01:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Some questions asked in the quiz will be objective in style (eg multiple choice), and answers will thus be either correct or incorrect. Other questions will require answers of 1-2 lines.

These questions will test your factual knowledge, comprehension of the topic as well as your ability to apply that knowledge.You will also need to evaluate information given to you, and make decisions based on that data.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Thhe test will be conducted in class, and will be collected by the invigilator.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Evaluate current research on a topic in the area of nutrition and/or pharmacology.

3. Compare the pharmacological management options for a range of common musculoskeletal disorders.

4. Analyse the relationship between nutrients and the health of the musculoskeletal system.

5. Contrast the effects of commonly prescribed drugs on the musculoskeletal system, including both therapeutic effects and adverse reactions.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Dietary intake recording and macro/micro nutrient analysis
Task Description

Students are required to measure and record all personal food and beverage intake quantities for a period of 5 consecutive days, crossing a weekend. This data is to be recorded and presented in a spreadsheet format, then used to calculate the daily intake of:

1. Macronutrient – protein

2. Micronutrient – calcium

Students will then compare their own personal intake data with the recommended daily intakes (RDI) for both protein and calcium according to national dietary guidelines.

Analysis and comparison of these nutrient intake values shall be made followed with recommendations of relevant dietary changes that may be required to ensure adequate daily consumption levels are met.

With particular reference to dietary food sources of both nutrients students shall give a brief outline of the importance protein and calcium play in the health of the musculoskeletal system and their significance in relation to chiropractic clinical practice.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

You will marked based on the following criteria:

1. Food diary data entry 5 days, crossing a weekend (15 marks)

Spread sheet layout accurately recording food and beverage intakes showing quantities. Itemised and quantified intakes recorded day by day with each separate meal shown plus snacks

2. Macronutrient analysis and calculation (15 marks)

Daily protein intake calculated using national dietary guidelines + food composition data

3. Micronutrient analysis and calculation (15 marks)

Daily calcium intake calculated using national dietary guidelines + food composition data. Values given in mg.

4. RDI values macronutrient/micronutrient (10 marks)

Protein RDI recommendations per body weight and activity levels

Calcium RDI recommendations age related. Values given in mg

5. Food sources for calcium/protein (20 marks)

Stating common food sources of protein with measurement and amounts

Stating common food sources of calcium with measurement and amounts

Reference made to bioavailability of calcium

Reference made to quality and differences of complete/incomplete proteins and bioavailability

6. Discussion for nutrients in relation to chiropractic practice (25 marks)

Discussion of calcium => osteopaenia/osteporosis

Discussion of protein => muscle

Relevance to spinal health

Sacropenia discussion of spinal health and spinal support

Strategies for increasing nutrient intakes + competing factors

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Unit Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain a broad range of concepts in nutritional science and pharmacology to patients and to other health care practitioners.

2. Evaluate current research on a topic in the area of nutrition and/or pharmacology.

4. Analyse the relationship between nutrients and the health of the musculoskeletal system.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Compare the pharmacological management options for a range of common musculoskeletal disorders.

4. Analyse the relationship between nutrients and the health of the musculoskeletal system.

5. Contrast the effects of commonly prescribed drugs on the musculoskeletal system, including both therapeutic effects and adverse reactions.

6. Propose a process for assessing patients to identify any adverse reaction to medications, both prescribed and over the counter.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility


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