CHIR20005 - Diagnostic Imaging
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will enable students to identify, interpret and understand skeletal change as represented on conventional radiographs as well as provide an introduction to advanced imaging. These differential diagnostic skills are fundamental for diagnostic competence in chiropractic practice.

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:

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 50%
3. 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
The on site visit to Mackay was beneficial Students I will request a similar site visit this term and in the future, however, we have now implemented an additional weekly live tutorial session online which should be representative of a site visit.
Record lectures to overcome any live IT issues Students This has already been implemented for CHIR20007 as a result of the feedback and will be done for CHIR20005 in future. Thank you for the comments.
Greater access to film library Students I have now created a formal process to allow students to access the film library throughout the year.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate radiographs for signs of diseases.
  2. Compare normal and abnormal radiographic findings.
  3. Implement a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes.
  4. Select the appropriate management for a variety of abnormalities.
  5. Create a differential diagnosis list in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis based on radiographic and clinical findings.

The Learning Outcomes are in the context of the AQF and specifically address Units 6, 7, 8, 9, of the CCEA Competencies, in particular elements 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.6, 7.2, 9.2, 9.3 with an emphasis on elements 6.4, 7.1, 8.3, and 9.10.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Practical Assessment  
3 - Examination      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Examination      

Prescribed Textbooks

Yochum and Rowe's Essentials of Skeletal Radiology
Author/s: Yochum T, and Rowe L Year: 2005
Edition: 3 Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
City: Philadephia
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • ZOOM
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 CoordinatorMartin Timchur (m.timchur@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 joint disease

Read Introduction to NRA lecture also.

Assignment issued

Week 2 17-07-2017

Degenerative joint disease - extremities

Read NRA lecture Shoulder

Week 3 24-07-2017

Degenerative joint disease - axial skeleton and disc herniation

Read NRA lecture Elbow and Wrist/Hand

Week 4 31-07-2017

Inflammatory arthritis - Rheumatoid Arthritis

Read NRA lecture Pelvis/Hip

Week 5 07-08-2017


Other Inflammatory arthritides

Read NRA lecture Knee

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Nil

Week 6 21-08-2017

Seronegative spondyloarthropathies

Read NRA lecture Foot/ankle

Week 7 28-08-2017

Metabolic disorders

Read NRA lecture Cervical Spine

Week 8 04-09-2017

Endocrine disorders

Read NRA lecture Thoracic spine

Week 9 11-09-2017

Bone and Joint Infection

Read NRA lecture Lumbar spine

Written Assessment Due Friday (15 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017

Blood/Vascular disorders

Week 11 25-09-2017

Dysplasias

Week 12 02-10-2017

Spondylolisthesis and Scoliosis

OSCE Examination this week

Practical Assessment Due AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Review

Exam Week 16-10-2017

Exam

Exam

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Assignment 1000 words maximum.

Compare and contrast the clinical presentation, aetiology, and conventional radiographic appearance of ONE (1) of the following 3 choices:

1. DISH Vs Ankylosing Spondylitis

2. DJD Vs Rheumatoid arthritis in the hand

3. Osteoporosis Vs Osteomalacia

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

1. Provide evidence of the typical clinical presentation of both disorders and discuss their similarities and differences

2. Provide appropriate information on the aetiologies of both disorders and discuss their commonalities and differences

3. Identify the typical radiographic features of both disorders and discuss their similarities and differences.

5 Marks will be allocated for criteria 1 and 2 each and 10 marks for criteria 3.

Table format is acceptable

Use at least 2 references from which you sourced your information (not including lecture notes) Use the Harvard Referencing system. A deduction of 3 marks will result if referencing requirements are not met.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

4. Select the appropriate management for a variety of abnormalities.

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



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

OSCE Examination

10 Stations 2 minutes per station

Students will be required to review an image with or without an accompanying history from which they will be required to answer a number of short answer questions.

The exact date and time within week 12 will be provided in due course. This is to prevent any unnecessary overlap with other subjects.

Assessment Due Date The Practical Examination will be scheduled within week 12 with an appropraite date provided in due course. This is to prevent overlap with other OSCE examinations during this week.
Return Date to Students Results will be posted after exam week
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

In order to achieve a passing grade or higher, students will be required to demonstrate their competence in the following areas:

1. Identification of pathologies covered in the unit;

2. Apply appropriate terminology to describe the radiographic appearance and diagnosis of pathologies

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathogenesis of the disorders which gives rise to their radiographic appearance

4. Demonstrate an understanding of contraindications to manual therapies

5. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate referral including GP, Specialist, Advanced Imaging, Pathology

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

1. Evaluate radiographs for signs of diseases.

2. Compare normal and abnormal radiographic findings.

3. Implement a search strategy to locate and describe disease processes.

5. Create a differential diagnosis list in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis based on radiographic and clinical findings.

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

4. Select the appropriate management for a variety of abnormalities.

5. Create a differential diagnosis list in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis based on radiographic and clinical findings.

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


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