CHIR12007 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Following on from the basic assessment routines taught and practiced in the Foundations of Chiropractic Practice units, this unit prepares you to assess and test for neurological conditions. It focuses on clinical neuroanatomy and its basic application to professional chiropractic practice. You will learn neurophysiology of pain, neuropathology and neuroanatomy. You will be introduced to common conditions and their basic neurological assessment. Simple case studies will be used to assist you with learning the diagnostic process.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

CHIR12008 Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy 2

and

BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology and Measurement

and

MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology

and

CHIR12006 Foundations of Chiropractic 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
  • 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 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. Practical Assessment 60%
2. 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.

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Evaluation

Term 2 - 2015: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 67% 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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Lecture approach Students Increased pre-recording of core content, with enhanced discussion for integration of knowledge within the lecture time.
Tutorial organisation Students Enhanced structure and direction for optimal use of tutorial time
Access to Draw It To Know It website Students Rolling yearly university subscription to this website so students have a return reference point while completing the subject. This site can be utilised by other courses within the program, and university.
Weighting of assessment pieces Students Increased weighting of portfolio, decreased weighting of practical assessment.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology to clinical scenarios.
  2. Explain the neurophysiology of pain
  3. Explain how pathological processes affect neurological structure and function
  4. Conduct basic neurological examinations and interpret case history in order to develop a diagnosis as it pertains to a neurological presentation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment    
2 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Practical Assessment        
2 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Clinical Anatomy of the spine, spinal cord and ANS.
Author/s: Cramer G.D and Darby S.A Year: 2013
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Elsevier
City: St. Louis State: MI
Country: USA
Neurological Differential Diagnosis
Author/s: John Patten Year: 1996
Edition: 2nd Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
City: Berlin State: Berlin
Country: Germany
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Quick Clinical Reference Physical Assessment Manual
Author/s: Vizniak N.A Year: 2010
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Professional Health Systems
City: Box HIll State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

1. Paper copies of Neurological Differential Diagnosis can be ordered in at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

However the ebook copy is freely available online.

2. The remaining texts are also available in paper form at the CQUni Bookshop.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMichael Edgley (m.edgley@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

Review Unit Profile

History Taking

Neuron Theory & Anatomy

All relevant introductary material will be made available on Moodle

Week 2 13-03-2017

Neurotransmitters and their Receptors

All relevant Neurotransmitters material will be made available on Moodle

Week 3 20-03-2017

Motor System: Lower Motor Neuron

All relevant Motor System material will be made available on Moodle

Week 4 27-03-2017

Motor System: Upper Motor Neuron

All relevant Motor System material will be made available on Moodle

Week 5 03-04-2017

Sensory System: Tactile & Proprioception

All relevant Sensory System material will be made available on Moodle

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Mid-term break

Mid-term break

Week 6 17-04-2017

Review Upper and Lower limb examination

All relevant UL & LL Review material will be made available on Moodle

In Class Practical Assessment

Practical Assessment Due AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Sensory System: Temperature & Nociception

All relevant Sensory System material will be made available on Moodle

Week 8 01-05-2017

Cerebellum

All relevant Cerebellum material will be made available on Moodle

Week 9 08-05-2017

Pain

All relevant Pain material will be made available on Moodle

Week 10 15-05-2017

Neuropathology

All relevant Neuropathology material will be made available on Moodle

Week 11 22-05-2017

Neuropathology

All relevant Neuropathology material will be made available on Moodle

Week 12 29-05-2017

Neuropathology

All relevant Neuropathology material will be made available on Moodle

In Class Practical Assessment

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Review for theory and practical exams

All relevant review material will be made available on Moodle

Exam Week 12-06-2017

The course coordinator is Andy Dane, and can be contacted by email at a.dane@cqu.edu.au.

Mike Edgley (mike.edgley@cqu.edu.au) will be delivering all the lectures via ISL. You are highly encouraged to attend the live and interactive session as this will greatly assist you in you not only passing but excelling in this unit. We would encourage you to contact us via the discussion forums on the Moodle page, or at a last resort via our attached email addresses.

Your attendance at on-campus tutorials in required. Content that will be asseessed will be covered in each tutorial session.

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

You will be required to perform region appropriate neurological assessments. The practical assessment is worth a total of 60% divided between two in class assessments. The assessments are weighted as follows;

Please refer to the "Assessment Criteria" below for further details.

Assessment Due Date Assessment time will be around the tutorial time in each location (MKY, BNE, SYD) and will be specified for individuals in Week 11
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

You will be required to perform region appropriate neurological assessments. These will include nerve tension tests, myotomal assessment, dermatomal assessment, and muscle stretch reflex assessment. The practical assessment is worth a total of 60% divided between two in class assessments. The assessments are weighted as follows;

  • Upper Limb (UL) 20% (week 6)
  • Lower Limb (LL) 20% & integrated cases 20% (UL 10% & LL 10% ) = 40% total (week 12)¿
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 65%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. Apply knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology to clinical scenarios.

4. Conduct basic neurological examinations and interpret case history in order to develop a diagnosis as it pertains to a neurological presentation.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50
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

1. Apply knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology to clinical scenarios.

2. Explain the neurophysiology of pain

3. Explain how pathological processes affect neurological structure and function

4. Conduct basic neurological examinations and interpret case history in order to develop a diagnosis as it pertains to a neurological presentation.

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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