CHIR20015 - Techniques and Related Research
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit aims to provide you with the skills required to apply the analysis and therapeutic procedures of four well-established and traditional chiropractic technique systems - Gonstead, Thompson, Activator Methods and Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT). It commences with a review of the available research surrounding these chiropractic systems and proceeds through the origin and ongoing development of these systems. Following this, you will focus on the elements of analysis, contra-indication, manipulative technique and post-analysis.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-req: CHIR20006 Clinical Practice 3

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
  • Mackay

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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. Portfolio 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail

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
Better structure of the Gonstead technique days as there was too much information presented in too short a time. Moodle feedback Gonstead will not be taught in this subject in the future. This needs to be discussed at the retreat however it is likely it will be integrated into CP 1 or 2. In this way the technique can be practiced every week.
The most unfortunate part of this course was the time frame in which the techniques were delivered. It simply was not enough time to understand and properly integrate the knowledge. Continual inhouse technique classes would help estabilsh more proficient use of the techniques within clinic as well as greater understanding and confidence for the students. Moodle feedback We will need to assess this at the retreat in January. It is likely we will integrate the techniques into CP2 so they can be practiced each week. For next year, we will have to conduct more tutorials so the students will understand the material.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Exercise a critical thinking stream with respect to the technique systems and their associated research.
  2. Reflect on the prescribed pre- and post-analysis associated with each technique system.
  3. Perform the prescribed therapeutic procedures associated with each technique system.
  4. Determine any contra-indications to the use of each technique system.
  5. Design a research methodology whereby you could test the clinical effectiveness of technique systems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio      
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - On-campus Activity        

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 - Portfolio      
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - On-campus Activity        

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 American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSharyn Eaton (s.eaton@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

Thompson Technique

Dr.Sharyn Eaton/Dr.David Hannah

All resources will be made available in Moodle

Week 2 17-07-2017

Sacro-Occipital technique (SOT)

Dr. Sam Culley

All resources will be made available in Moodle

Week 3 24-07-2017

1. Critical appraisal of research for these techniques (online collaborative session). Developing questions and discussion for future research. Assistance with reflections

2. SOT and Thompson review

All resources will be made available in Moodle

On-campus activity: In-class assessment 'spot test'

Week 4 31-07-2017

1. Critical appraisal of research for these techniques (online collaborative session). Developing questions and discussion for future research. Assistance with reflections

2. SOT and Thompson review

All resources will be made available in Moodle

Week 5 07-08-2017

Activator technique

(Dr. Mark Feldman)

All resources will be made available in Moodle

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

1. Critical appraisal of research for these techniques (online collaborative session). Developing questions and discussion for future research. Assistance with reflections

2. SOT, Activator and Thompson review

All resources will be made available in Moodle

On-campus activity: In-class assessment 'spot test'

Week 7 28-08-2017

1. Critical appraisal of research for these techniques (online collaborative session). Developing questions and discussion for future research. Assistance with reflections

2. SOT, Activator and Thompson review

All resources will be made available in Moodle

Week 8 04-09-2017

1. Critical appraisal of research for these techniques (online collaborative session). Developing questions and discussion for future research. Assistance with reflections

2. SOT, Activator and Thompson review

All resources will be made available in Moodle

Week 9 11-09-2017

1. Critical appraisal of research for these techniques (online collaborative session). Developing questions and discussion for future research. Assistance with reflections

2. SOT, Activator and Thompson review

All resources will be made available in Moodle

On-campus activity: In-class assessment 'spot test'

Week 10 18-09-2017

Toggle technique

Dr. Brett Bolton

All Resources will be made available in Moodle

Week 11 25-09-2017

1. Critical appraisal of research for these techniques (online collaborative session). Developing questions and discussion for future research. Assistance with reflections

2. SOT, Activator, Toggle and Thompson review

All Resources will be made available in Moodle

Portfolio Due Monday (25 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

1. Critical appraisal of research in this technique (online collaborative session). Developing questions and discussion for future research. Assistance with reflections

2. SOT, Activator, Toggle and Thompson review

All Resources will be made available in Moodle

On-campus activity: In-class assessment 'spot test'

Written Assessment Due Monday (02 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Gonstead will not be taught in CHIR20015 in 2017. Toggle recoil has replaced this technique.

The Course Convenor for CHIR20015 is Sharyn Eaton

Contact information:

Email: s.eaton@cqu.edu.au

Phone: 0418 277 213 or 02 9324 5016

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding and critically appraise selected chiropractic techniques that are utilised within the profession. To help with your development on this journey of self discovery you will create a reflective portfolio. You are required to maintain this journal each week and provide reflections on class discussions and material taught during the lecture. The journal provides evidence of the quality and quantity of your in-class learning.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (25-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Online Turnitin
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Grades will be submitted to Gradebook for CHIR20015
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

For each of the four techniques:

- Give a description of what you understand and what you don't understand for the relevant technique. Please give reasons.

- Give an analysis and evaluate what you could understand better or what you can improve upon.

- What strategies can you use to assist with your understanding?

- Upon reflection, do you think you will use this technique in practice?

- Upon reflection, do you think this technique requires further research? If so, what questions would want answered? If not, why not?

Academic writing and referencing will also be assessed.

Word Count: No more than 800 to 1000 words per technique.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% Failure to achieve the minimum grade will result in failure to pass this unit
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Via Turnitin

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

1. Exercise a critical thinking stream with respect to the technique systems and their associated research.

2. Reflect on the prescribed pre- and post-analysis associated with each technique system.

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

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

An assignment will be given that will ask you to select a technique and discuss and critique the following:

- Clinical applicability

- Current research outcomes in this technique

- Future research

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (02-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
online via Turnitin
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Grades will be submitted to Gradebook for CHIR20015
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed according to the following critieria?

- Do you have an understanding of the technique and how it works?

- Do you know the current research and the related outcomes?

- Do you have an understanding of the future research for this technique?

Word count: No more than 2000 words

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%. Failure to achieve the minimum grade will result in failure to pass this unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Via Turnitin

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

1. Exercise a critical thinking stream with respect to the technique systems and their associated research.

4. Determine any contra-indications to the use of each technique system.

5. Design a research methodology whereby you could test the clinical effectiveness of technique systems.

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



3 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title On-campus Activity
Task Description

The aim of this on-campus activity will be to undertake a 'spot test' in weeks 3. 6, 9 and 12. This is a pass/fail graded subject.

Assessment Due Date A spot test will be given in weeks 3,6,9 and 12.
Return Date to Students Feedback will be given at the time of the spot test in the respective weeks (weeks 3,6,9,12)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will include the following:

- Can you perform the technique?

- Do you understand the clinical applicability?

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Spot test will be given with in-class feedback

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

3. Perform the prescribed therapeutic procedures associated with each technique system.

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

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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