CHIR20004 - Extraspinal Articulations
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will be introduced to the theory of assessment, treatment and management of extraspinal articulations. This theory will underpin your clinical practice in the field of adjustment and mobilisation.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:

CHIR20002 Clinical Practice 1

Corequisite:

CHIR20003 Clinical Practice 2

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 2 - 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 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 25%
3. Practical Assessment 25%
4. Examination 30%

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

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
No audio lectures Student feedback Record lectures.
Too much lecture material Student feedback Make lecture slides more concise.
Lack of Communication between convenor and students Student feedback Encourage students to use the Q&A and discussion forum on Moodle. Speak directly to students on a weekly basis to ensure they are getting direct communication with the coordinator.
Unclear instructions for the written assignment Student feedback Ensure that students know and appreciate the difference between "Describe" and "List". This could be discussed at weekly tutorial.
Exam question practice Student feedback Introduce a standard across the discipline.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Relate the clinical anatomy and potential functional changes relevant to extra-spinal articulations.
  2. Perform an appropriate physical examination of extraspinal joints, and determine appropriate differential diagnoses.
  3. Interpret changes in extra-spinal articulations and identify appropriate therapeutic interventions.
  4. Perform appropriate chiropractic techniques in the management of extraspinal abnormalities.

Links to CCEA Competency Elements:

Domains 6, 7, 8 and 9 as applicable to these regions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

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). 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 10-07-2017 Introduction to CHIR 200004 & Shoulder (Part One)

Lecture notes and recordings available on Moodle

Week 2 17-07-2017

Shoulder (Part Two)

Lecture notes and recordings available on Moodle

Week 3 24-07-2017

Elbow

Lecture notes and recordings available on Moodle

Week 4 31-07-2017

Wrist/Hand

Lecture notes and recordings available on Moodle

Upper Limb Practical Assesssment

Upper Limb Practical Assessment Due Friday (04 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

Hip

Lecture notes and recordings available on Moodle

Vacation Week 14-08-2017 Mid-Term Break

Mid-Term Break

Mid-Term Break

Week 6 21-08-2017

Placement

Placement

Placement

Week 7 28-08-2017

Placement

Placement

Placement

Week 8 04-09-2017

Placement

Placement

Placement

Week 9 11-09-2017

Placement

Placement

Placement

Week 10 18-09-2017

Knee

Lecture notes and recordings available on Moodle

Written Assignment Due

Written Assessment Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Ankle

Lecture notes and recordings available on Moodle

Week 12 02-10-2017

Foot & MISC (Ribs)

Lecture notes and recordings available on Moodle

Lower Limb Practical Assesssment

Lower Limb Practical Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Review & Assessment

Exam Week 16-10-2017

Exam

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Assignment: Research in recent years has identified that the use of grouped orthopaedic tests increases diagnostic accuracy and, ultimately, patient care.

In this written assignment you will review and critically appraise an extremity orthopaedic test.

Critical appraisal is a systematic process used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a research article in order to assess the usefulness and validity of research findings. The most important components of a critical appraisal are an evaluation of the appropriateness of the study design for the research question and a careful assessment of the key methodological features of this design. Other factors that also should be considered include the suitability of the statistical methods used and their subsequent interpretation, potential conflicts of interest and the relevance of the research to one’s own practice. Linked and referenced below are the two checklists and a paper about critical appraisal.

To ensure each student appraises a different test or group of tests, please post the test you intend to review to the unit discussion forum. To ensure fairness the first student to post to the discussion forum will be ‘first served’.

You must use the STARD and SIGN checklists for diagnostic studies. Please complete this task in 1000 - 1500 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Maximum 1500 words - Total mark out of 20 (5 marks per question as outlined in the task description)

Assessment criteria includes:

  • Formulation and structure of scientific writing to address a written assignment
  • Integrate the findings of a critical appraisal tool into a patient centered management plan
  • Demonstrate the application of a critical appraisal tool to a piece of published literature
  • Appropriate and accurate referencing
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Relate the clinical anatomy and potential functional changes relevant to extra-spinal articulations.

3. Interpret changes in extra-spinal articulations and identify appropriate therapeutic interventions.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Upper Limb Practical Assessment
Task Description

OSCE examination

2 stations / 8 minutes per station

Upper Limb Examination

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (04-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

In order to achieve a passing grade or higher, students will need to be able to successfully demonstrate the following:

  1. Competent examination of the upper limb, including observation, ROM (active and passive), Palpation (static and motion) and appropriate orthopedic and neurological examination.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

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

2. Perform an appropriate physical examination of extraspinal joints, and determine appropriate differential diagnoses.

3. Interpret changes in extra-spinal articulations and identify appropriate therapeutic interventions.

4. Perform appropriate chiropractic techniques in the management of extraspinal abnormalities.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Lower Limb Practical Assessment
Task Description

OSCE Examination

Complete examination of the Lower Limb

2 stations / 8 minutes per station

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria
In order to achieve a passing grade or higher, students will need to be able to successfully demonstrate the following:
  1. Competent examination of the upper limb, including observation, ROM (active and passive), Palpation (static and motion) and appropriate orthopedic and neurological examination.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 30%
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

1. Relate the clinical anatomy and potential functional changes relevant to extra-spinal articulations.

3. Interpret changes in extra-spinal articulations and identify appropriate therapeutic interventions.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

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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