CHIR20002 - Clinical Practice 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Clinical Practice 1 will provide you with your first opportunity to work at a satisfactory level after completing your undergraduate studies. This is the first of six clinical practical units in which you will gain experience by observing a real chiropractic clinic during a placement. In Clinical Practice 1 you will be expected to perform as a functional team member under guidance of the clinic supervisors and placement mentors whilst developing observational and reflective skills.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:

Student must be enrolled in CC71 - Master of Clinical Chiropractic

and

Corequisite:

CHIR20001 Advanced Neurology and Skeletal Dysfunction

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
  • 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 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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 60%
2. Professional Practice Placement Pass/Fail
3. Examination 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
A significant part of the challenges this term was due to the 'volume of catch up' material had to be delivered in the Master's program. There was also a faculty change that was unpredictable and required considerable flexibility and understanding. Ongoing interactions with faculty and discipline lead Minimise any intensive sessions from this point forward in the delivery of their particular terms within the Master's.
There was concern about the amount of resource material expected without adequate time preparing during the tutorial or practical sessions. Too much time was spent trying to find the answers to tutorial questions rather than to deal with the questions etc. Moode "Have Your Say" There will a continuing attempt to the improve and revise the material, delivery, assessment and feedback.
Students wanted more practical sessions in technique and more clinical indications for their technical considerations. Moode "Have Your Say" There will a continuing attempt to the improve and revise the material, delivery, and feedback. Revisions in the Foundations and Principles of Practice units will be revised in Term 2-2016 and going forward into Term 1-2017
Students felt that the clinical placements were by far the most productive and enjoyable weeks of this term. Moode "Have Your Say" Continue to review clinical placements; include the number and options associated with clinical placement (expand around or outside the state of Queensland) - especially in light of the BNE campus requiring more placements in 2017.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop, refine and integrate problem solving skills through clinical assessment, decision making and management at an intermediate level.
  2. Display behaviour appropriate to a professional health care provider, including ethical practice management and upholding the professional code of conduct.
  3. Demonstrate empathetic communication skills in the practitioner-patient relationship, and other professional and personal relationships.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate sustainably within the broader health care system, including responsible use of health care resources, the ability to collaborate with other health care disciplines, and the employment of health promotion and preventative strategies through community education.

On successful completion of this unit you will meet certain CCEA requirements that will progress you towards applying for registration as a chiropractor in Australia.

The Learning Outcomes build towards CCEA’s Accreditation Standard 4.4.3 regarding Clinical Sciences.

This unit is designed to contribute towards you having adequate and early patient experiences and opportunities to acquire sufficient clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to assume appropriate clinical responsibility upon graduation.

It provides early, supervised patient contact leading to participation in patient care. Your clinical skills training includes physical, clinical and lab diagnosis, mental health assessment, orthopaedics, gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging procedures and interpretation, nutrition, rehabilitation, ergonomics, pharmacology (a working knowledge of commonly used medications and pharmaceuticals), and other appropriate subjects. Clinical skills include history taking, physical examination, spinal analysis, mental health assessment, first aid and emergency procedures, manual techniques, physical therapies (such as heat, cold, bracing, electrical therapies, etc.), and other treatment procedures, communication, leadership skills, etc. Appropriate clinical responsibility would include physical and mental health promotion, disease prevention and patient care, for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patient. Participation in patient care would include relevant community experience and teamwork with other health professions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio    
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced 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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio  
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Food, Nutrition and Health
Author/s: Linda Tapsell Year: 2013,
Edition: 1st ed Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: Oxford State: Oxfordshire
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Public Health Nutrition: Principles and Practice in Community and Global Health
Author/s: Natelie Stein Year: 2015
Edition: 1st Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
City: Boston State: MA
Country: USA
Herbs & natural supplements: an evidence-based guide
Author/s: Braun and Cohen Year: 2014
Edition: Revised Publisher: Elsevier Australia
City: Marrickville 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 CoordinatorAndrew Dane (a.dane@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
  1. Rehabilitation
  2. Clinical case work and competencies
  3. Chiropractic technique

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 2 13-03-2017
  1. Rehabilitation
  2. Clinical case work and competencies
  3. Chiropractic technique

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 3 20-03-2017
  1. Rehabilitation
  2. Clinical case work and competencies
  3. Chiropractic technique

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 4 27-03-2017
  1. Rehabilitation
  2. Clinical case work and competencies
  3. Chiropractic technique

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 5 03-04-2017
  1. Rehabilitation
  2. Clinical case work and competencies
  3. Chiropractic technique

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Mid-term break

Week 6 17-04-2017

Clinical Placement:

Introduction to focused observations and considered reflections.

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 7 24-04-2017

Clinical Placement:

Focused observations and considered reflections.

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 8 01-05-2017

Clinical Placement:

Focused observations and considered reflections.

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 9 08-05-2017

Clinical Placement:

Focused observations and considered reflections.

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 10 15-05-2017
  1. Rehabilitation
  2. Clinical case work and competencies
  3. Chiropractic technique

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Week 11 22-05-2017
  1. Rehabilitation
  2. Clinical case work and competencies
  3. Chiropractic technique

Selection of resources accessed via Moodle

Clinic Placement Due Friday (26 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017
  1. Rehabilitation
  2. Clinical case work and competencies
  3. Chiropractic technique
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Review

Portfolio Due Friday (09 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Exam Week

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

You are required to maintain a clinical journal. All clinical activities must be recorded and entered into the Portfolio. This will include: the outcomes of your competencies, observations and reflections. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents entered into the portfolio are signed appropriately.

This provides evidence of your involvement in all clinical activities as well as indicating the quantity and scope of clinical learning activities undertaken. It will also demonstrate progress throughout the duration of your placement.

Portfolios are required to be complete and accurate in content, and submitted by the due date specified. Please refer to Moodle for specific details regarding the format, competencies and requirements of the clinical journal.

The following will be assessed and graded as part of your portfolio:

  • Observations and reflections
  • Activities performed according to required specific tasks relating to competencies.

Resources to help you understand the process of keeping a reflective journal are available on Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
A complete, accurate and up-to-date Portfolio must be submitted in the exam/review week. The electronic version should be entered via Turnitin
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Feedback will be provided to you by the co-ordinator following submission and grading of your Portfolio.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed on the following components as part of your Portfolio:

1. Reflective Observations – Ongoing from week 1 to 12 (30%)

2. Clinical Competencies – mini-CEX (30%)

Clinical Competencies - mini-CEX will include the following:

The mini-CEX - mini-clinical examination is an assessment tool designed to assess a range of clinical assessment and management skills in various clinical settings. It facilitates feedback in order to develop behaviours and performance related to knowledge, communication, decision-making, management and advocacy skills.

Mini-CEX will be performed with simulated patients during the CP1 Tutorials. The number in brackets after each procedure is the minimum requirement of that particular skill that must be assessed and signed off as part of each student’s portfolio assessment.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Portfolio and written assessments must obtain a minimum 50% in order to be deemed a successful "pass".
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Via Turnitin and a offline hard copy submission.

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

1. Develop, refine and integrate problem solving skills through clinical assessment, decision making and management at an intermediate level.

4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate sustainably within the broader health care system, including responsible use of health care resources, the ability to collaborate with other health care disciplines, and the employment of health promotion and preventative strategies through community education.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title Clinic Placement
Task Description

Clinical experience is a critical core element to Chiropractic studies and a set requirement of industry accreditation and regulatory bodies. As such, students will be required to attend pre-approved clinic placements. Clinical placement is an opportunity to develop practical skills, build upon theoretical knowledge and practised skill as well as develop a critical thinking process through daily observation and considered reflection.

This is a non-graded, pass/fail assessment. Please be aware of the updated Assessment of Coursework procedures that state: '3.2.6: Students who fail a pass-fail component of a graded course will be deemed to have failed that course.'

Students will be only offered one clinical placement per clinical course. If the student declines an allocated clinical site for a course, that student will be required to withdraw from the clinical course as they will not meet the prescribed learning outcomes.

Students on clinical placement are required to achieve a minimum of 100 hours clinical experience as indicated on the Clinical Course Guide. Students will be experiencing the 'real' work life of a chiropractor therefore may be required to work outside of the nine to five, Monday to Friday roster in order to meet the minimum required clinical hours. (See: Moodle for - Attendance Procedures)

Students will be expected to maintain a professional appearance ( see Clinician handbook on Student Responsibilities) and adhere to the professional code of ethics and conduct set out by the profession and University.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
The Portfolio is due on in the Review/Exam week on Monday 23:45.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Via Turnitin
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This is a non-graded, pass/fail assessment. Please be aware of the updated Assessment of Coursework procedures that state: '3.2.6: Students who fail a pass-fail component of a graded course will be deemed to have failed that course.'

In order to 'pass' clinical placement you must achieve the following:

  1. Completion of 100 minimum required clinical hours (see Moodle for Attendence procedures)
  2. Supervisor Signature - your supervisor must validate attendance log (See Moodle for pre-approved form)
  3. Maintenance of Professionalism whilst in placement - (see Moodle for assessment details)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must complete required hours, attendance and appropriate professionalism to pass Clinical Placement.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Final attendence log will be submitted both via Turnitin and offline in hard copy as part of the graded Portfolio.

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

1. Develop, refine and integrate problem solving skills through clinical assessment, decision making and management at an intermediate level.

2. Display behaviour appropriate to a professional health care provider, including ethical practice management and upholding the professional code of conduct.

3. Demonstrate empathetic communication skills in the practitioner-patient relationship, and other professional and personal relationships.

4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate sustainably within the broader health care system, including responsible use of health care resources, the ability to collaborate with other health care disciplines, and the employment of health promotion and preventative strategies through community education.

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

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Length 180 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

2. Display behaviour appropriate to a professional health care provider, including ethical practice management and upholding the professional code of conduct.

3. Demonstrate empathetic communication skills in the practitioner-patient relationship, and other professional and personal relationships.

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

1. Knowledge

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Engagement

The course will develop cognitive, technical and adaptive skills required in chiropractic practice. Students will engage as part of a team on a clinical placement environment with both staff mentors, patients and chiropractors.

Graduate Attributes

Professional behaviour and technical skills. Individual examination competencies required in the chiropractic environment will be developed.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

Students will be dealing with patients from a range of backgrounds and cultures from the community in which they are placed. Students will review course material for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural sensitivity and aspects of disease aetiology in this group of patients.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

Evidence based practice from many international and local sources will be used in practice. Readings and searches for relevant international information will be encouraged.

Sustainability

Evidence based practice, clinical reasoning skills and a patient centred approach to care will be built on.

Work Related Learning

Program knowledge, professional behaviour, communication and technical skills which improve patient care. Research to gain evidence base and current best practice guidelines


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