CHIR11001 - Foundations of Chiropractic Practice 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit offers an introduction to the principles and practice of chiropractic, within the context of the Australian health care system. This unit covers introductory material on the topics to prepare for progressively more complex health-related units in the curriculum. The overall structure of the Foundations of Chiropractic Practice involves four main threads that integrate learning throughout the chiropractic course. They will be developed in this unit as Introduction to medical terminology (etymology); basic musculoskeletal assessment protocols (introduction); observation (postural analysis), gait analysis and movement (passive and active range of motion); development of palpation and psychomotor skills to spinal anatomy, landmarks, biomechanics and the role of muscles in chiropractic practice; history and founding philosophical principles of chiropractic and science discussed in conjunction with the present-day evidence-based descriptions in a global context; contemporary interpretation of those principles will be discussed with development of reflective writing and critical thinking skills; you will understand epidemiology in a chiropractic context and its integration to public health and current health issues.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1

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
  • Brisbane
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail
2. Practical Assessment 50%
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
The faculty is aware of the challenges in a consistent delivery and assessment of the material in this unit. Changes have been put in place to standardise the learning outcomes and goals and to provide the student with more feedback opportunities in this unit. From ongoing Foundations faculty workshops; mentor-mentee processes in place; class representatives to help with communication challenges; and more strict monitoring This has prompted the construction of specific and well defined rubrics and marking criteria – with a detailed instruction to be given throughout the unit, by tutors, as all as focusing on the requirements of student self-directed learning.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the principles and practice of chiropractic and spinal anatomy in the context of chiropractic practice.
  2. Demonstrate psychomotor skills at an introductory level to spinal and peripheral structures which includes musculoskeletal assessment protocols using observation, range of motion and static palpation skill sets.
  3. Perform basic therapeutic soft tissue procedures.
  4. Discuss how philosophical chiropractic approaches are applied into a modern paradigm of health.
  5. DIscuss the concept of evidence-based practice, including how it applies to chiropractic practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - On-campus Activity
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy      
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence          
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - On-campus Activity    
2 - Practical Assessment          
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Chiropractic Technique
Author/s: Bergmann, T & Peterson, D Year: 2010
Edition: 3rd edn Publisher: Mosby Elsevier
City: Philadelphia State: PA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Chiropractic Technique by Bergmann and Peterson is the introductory textbook which is used through the Foundations of Chiropractic Practice units. It provides introductory level anatomy and biomechanics in addition to recommended ready on various technique aspects of the psychomotor skills program for students.

Students will be required to purchase Clinical Anatomy of the Spine, Spinal Cord and ANS by Cramer and Darby in Term 2. Therefore students might consider purchasing this text in Term 1 to assist with their learning of the introductory spinal anatomy.

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 CoordinatorDavid Hannah (d.hannah@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

Introduction to:

1.1 - CHIR11001

1.2 - Spinal and Surface Anatomy

1.3 - Anatomical Positions and Body Planes

1.4 - General Techniques and Palpation

1.5 - History of Chiropractic

1.6 - What is Reflective Writing and Mahara?

1.7 - Public Health

1.8 - In-class Activity

1.9 - Lab Orientation and Skills


Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Week 2 13-03-2017

2.1 - Listings; Recording and Cervical Spine

2.2 - Cervical Osteology and Myology

2.3 - Spinal Biomechanics

2.4 - Palpation and Observations Cervical Spine

2.5 - Holism and Conservatism

2.6 - Reflective Writing and Marking Guidelines and Rubrics

2.7 - Nothing this week

2.8 - In-class Activity

2.9 - Palpation and Soft Tissue; Observation and Structural Analysis; Cervical ROM

Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.
Week 3 20-03-2017

3.1 - Presentation of the Shoulder

3.2 - Shoulder Osteology and Myology

3.3 - Vectors, Levers, Force. Joint Types

3.4 - Observation of Shoulder and Functional Movements/ROM

3.5 - Epistomology; Principles of Chiropractic Philosophy

3.6 - Nothing this week

3.7 - Chiropractic Integration - Healthy Living

3.8 - In-class Activity

3.9 - Shoulder Palpation; Observation and ROM

Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Week 4 27-03-2017

4.1 - Presentation of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand

4.2 - Elbow Wrist and Hand Osteology and Myology

4.3 - Kinetic Chains and ROM

4.4 - Observation of Elbow, Wrist and Hand

4.5 - Health and Wellness

4.6 - Critical Thinking Tools and Definitions

4.7 - Chiropractic Integration - Paediatrics

4.8 - In-class Activity

4.9 - Elbow, Wrist and Hand Palpation; Observation and ROM

Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Week 5 03-04-2017

5.1 - Presentation of the Thoracic Spine

5.2 - Thoracic Spine Osteology and Myology

5.3 - Joint Biomechanics

5.4 - Observation of Thoracic Spine

5.5 - Chiropractic Medicine Evolution

5.6 - Nothing this week

5.7 - Chiropractic Integration - Geriatrics

5.8 - In-class Activity

5.9 - Thoracic Spine Palpation; Observation and ROM

Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Study week - no scheduled activituies nor lectures.

No activity this week due to Study Week.

Week 6 17-04-2017

6.1 - Presentation of the Lumbopelvic Spine

6.2 - Lumbar Spine/Sacrum and Pelvis Osteology and Myology

6.3 - Tendons/Ligaments Biomechanics

6.4 - Observation of Lumbopelvic Spine

6.5 - Health Model; Informed Consent

6.6 - Nothing this week

6.7 - Nothing this week

6.8 - In-class Activity

6.9 - Lumbopelvic Palpation; Observation and ROM


Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Week 7 24-04-2017

7.1 - Presentation of the Hip and Knee

7.2 - Hip and Knee Osteology and Myology

7.3 - Cartilage and Bone Biomechanics

7.4 - Observation of Hip and Knee

7.5 - Awareness of Harassment; Health Promotion

7.6 - Nothing this week

7.7 - Chiropractic Integration - Sports

7.8 - In-class Activity

7.9 - Hip and Knee Palpation; Observation and ROM

Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Week 8 01-05-2017

8.1 - Presentation of the Ankle and Foot

8.2 - Ankle and Foot Osteology and Myology

8.3 - Gait Analysis

8.4 - Ankle and Foot

8.5 - On the Shoulders of Giants; Clarifying Philosophy

8.6 - Nothing this week

8.7 - Nothing this week

8.8 - In-class Activity

8.9 - Ankle and Foot Palpation; Observation and ROM


Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Week 9 08-05-2017

9.1 - Presentation of Posture

9.2 - None - Review Material

9.3 - Posture Biomechanics

9.4 - Posture Observation

9.5 - Philosophy- Who Needs It?

9.6 - Nothing this week

9.7 - Chiropractic Integration - Nutrition

9.8 - In-class Activity

9.9 - Posture Observation

Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Week 10 15-05-2017

10.1 - Presentation of Postural Analysis

10.2 - None - Review Material

10.3 - Lifting and Sitting Biomechanics

10.4 - Postural Analysis

10.5 - Philosophy Laws and Principles Video Part I

10.6 - Nothing this week

10.7 - None - Review Material

10.8 - In-class Activity

10.9 - Postural Analysis


Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

Week 11 22-05-2017

11.1 - Review Material

11.2 - None - Review Material

11.3 - Activities of Daily Living and Outcome Measures

11.4 - Review Material and Practice OSCE

11.5 - Philosophy Laws and Principles Video Part II

11.6 - Finishing Entries to ePortfolio

11.7 - None - Review Material

11.8 - In-class Activity

11.9 - OSCE practice

Mandatory In-Class Activity within the practical labs each week.

On-Campus Activity Due Friday (26 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

12.1 - Review Material for end of Term

12.2 - None - Review Material

12.3 - None - Review Material

12.4 - OSCE

12.5 - Nothing this week

12.6 - Nothing this week

12.7 - None - Review Material

12.8 - Addressing any further questions as part of end-of-term summary

12.9 - OSCE

No in-class activity scheduled for this week but will address any concerns for the upcoming OSCE.

Practical Assessment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 08:00 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

CHIR11001 is the first introduction to many of the chiropractic specific topics. The tutors are here to assist you; we have made this same journey and so can empathise with the challenges!

The descriptions on the Moodle page indicated nine (9) concurrent content strands throughout this unit for this term. Not all strands have activities in all weeks.

A weekly ZOOM session will be made available to each of you to attend and obtain direction on any of the topics required in this unit. These have been scheduled every Monday morning QLD time throughout this term. There will also be a Q & A Forum setup where you will be encouraged to ask questions that you may have. This forum will be monitored as some of the answers you obtain will be shared to all.

The tutors will be expected to attend weekly meetings and/or discussions with the unit coordinator so that everyone will be consistent in delivery of material and answers to questions. If you wish to speak to the tutors, they can, in turn, forward details to me for the benefit of the entire first year cohort.

1 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title On-Campus Activity
Task Description

The main focus of any assessment in this unit is to prepare you for all subsequent units over the educational journey. As such, the on-campus activities are provided to give you on-going feedback (formative in nature) and you will have the opportunity to work with the unit coordinator and/or tutors as well as classmates to assist you.

There will be weekly on-campus activities that will vary in requirements and expectations (Quiz or Practical application). Because of the nature of the pedagogical approach in Chiropractic (i.e. student-directed flipped classroom), you will be expected to develop appropriate preparation, study and organisational skills required of a professional, to be accomplished BEFORE these on-campus activities are delivered. They will assess material covered from the previous week's learning activities. If you have reviewed the material, they should not be a challenge.

These short activities will be reviewed/marked/discussed in class thus providing immediate feedback and will be graded on a pass/fail basis. All documents after the class will be handed back to the tutor. At the conclusion of the term, they will be collected and students will be required to pass at least 8 in order to pass the unit.

Students may work in groups to complete some or most of the activities and will be permitted to use text or on-line resources to assist in providing their answers, if required.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Last on-campus activity is scheduled in week 11 so shall be completed by the end of that week.
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Results will be accessed via Moodle.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The on-campus activities are formative in nature and should assist in preparing you in learning the material throughout this term.

There will not be a specific marking rubric for each activity.

You will receive a PASS/FAIL for all of the activities which is required to continue to CHIR11003 in Term 2 - regardless of the OSCE practical and Final Examination results.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Further information can be found in Moodle. You must achieve the minimum grade of 80% in all of the on-campus activities in order to pass this unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

All on-campus activities are to be returned to the tutors and/or unit coordinator at the end of each session.

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

1. Explain the principles and practice of chiropractic and spinal anatomy in the context of chiropractic practice.

2. Demonstrate psychomotor skills at an introductory level to spinal and peripheral structures which includes musculoskeletal assessment protocols using observation, range of motion and static palpation skill sets.

3. Perform basic therapeutic soft tissue procedures.

4. Discuss how philosophical chiropractic approaches are applied into a modern paradigm of health.

5. DIscuss the concept of evidence-based practice, including how it applies to chiropractic practice.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

In practice the Chiropractor is required to combine a variety of clinical skills, all of these techniques must be mastered. The objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) is made up of three individual stations that reflect various aspects of the clinical skills used by a Chiropractor.

Each of these stations will require the student to complete various techniques over a maximum 5 minute period, with an allowance of 1 minute reading/planning time prior to the commencement of the assessment.

Station 1 - You will be required to perform two tasks to demonstrate competence from the list below demonstrating the correct technique, appropriate patient handling and correlating your findings by sharing them with the examiner:

  1. Postural analysis;
  2. Static palpation;
  3. Muscle ancillary techniques.

The tasks will be allocated to you randomly according to a series of station cards which have been previously composed.

Station 2 Spinal - You will be required to perform two tasks to demonstrate competence from the list below demonstrating the correct technique, appropriate patient handling and correlating your findings by sharing them with the examiner:

  1. Gross range of motion assessment of a spinal region;
  2. Segmental range of motion assessment of a spinal segment.

The tasks will be allocated to you randomly according to series of previously composed station cards.

Station 3 Peripheral - You will be required to perform two tasks to demonstrate competence from the list below demonstrating the correct technique, appropriate patient handling and correlating your findings by sharing them with the examiner:

  1. Gross range of motion assessment of an upper AND lower extremity region;
  2. Passive or end range of motion assessment of an upper AND lower extremity region.

The tasks will be allocated to you randomly according to a series of previously composed station cards.

Please note:

  • You will present for your OSCE dressed as you would present to a skills class environment. Any student not adhering to the dress code may be excluded from the assessment;
  • Each station is timed. You will have the set time to complete the station, therefore if a station is not completed within the allocated time the practical element will be stopped and you will be marked based on your performance to that point;
  • Clinical and skills staff may be present as part of the examiners on the assessment date;
  • The assessment will be recorded using a video camera to enable moderation, however, these recordings will not be available for student feedback.
  • Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 08:00 AM AEST
    The practical test will be held on campus in the scheduled time for this unit. The test will be held in the practical room.
    Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
    Results can be accessed via Moodle.
    Weighting 50%
    Assessment Criteria

    Can you demonstrate competence in psychomotor skills expected at this introductory level in an applied context?

    Can you demonstrate competence in evaluating the spine and peripheral joints (observation, range of motion, static palpation)?

    Station 1 - Your performance will be graded using a marking rubric which will be provided to you in Week 10 when the unit focus switches to exam preparation. This marking rubric will grade your performance according to the following area:

    • Patient position;
    • Appropriate findings noted;
    • Understanding of technique application;
    • Practitioner positioning;
    • Patient handling;
    • Examiners over all impression
    Station 2 Spinal - Your performance will be graded using a marking rubric which will be provided to you in Week 10 when the unit focus switches to exam preparation. This marking rubric will grade your performance according to the following spinal area:
    • Active range of motion;
    • Passive range of motion;
    • Appropriate interpretation of findings;
    • Joint assessment in all 6 degrees of motion;
    • Practitioner position;
    • Patient position;
    • Patient handling;
    • Technical performance;
    • Examiners over all impression.

    Station 3 Peripheral - Your performance will be graded using a marking rubric which will be provided to you in Week 10 when the unit focus switches to exam preparation. This marking rubric will grade your performance according to the following extremity area:

    • Active range of motion;
    • Passive range of motion;
    • Appropriate interpretation of findings;
    • Joint assessment in all ranges of motion;
    • Practitioner position;
    • Patient position;
    • Patient handling;
    • Technical performance;
    • Examiners over all impression.
    Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Further information can be found in Moodle. You must achieve the minimum grade of 50% in order to pass this unit.
    Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
    Submission Hard copy

    Practical assessments are performed in-class during week 12.

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

    2. Demonstrate psychomotor skills at an introductory level to spinal and peripheral structures which includes musculoskeletal assessment protocols using observation, range of motion and static palpation skill sets.

    3. Perform basic therapeutic soft tissue procedures.

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

    2. Problem Solving

    3. Critical Thinking

    4. Information Literacy



    Examination

    Outline Complete an examination
    Date During the University examination period
    Weighting 50%
    Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50%. Further information can be found in Moodle. A minimum grade is required to pass.
    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

    1. Explain the principles and practice of chiropractic and spinal anatomy in the context of chiropractic practice.

    4. Discuss how philosophical chiropractic approaches are applied into a modern paradigm of health.

    5. DIscuss the concept of evidence-based practice, including how it applies to chiropractic practice.

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

    2. Problem Solving

    3. Critical Thinking

    4. Information Literacy


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