Course Title: Diagnosis 6

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 007275

Course Title: Diagnosis 6

Credit Points: 6

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr. Russell Banks

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7755

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, students should have the ability to:

• know and understand basic and clinical science principles underlying health care;
• apply their knowledge of diagnostic procedures;
• apply their knowledge of specified therapeutic procedures;
• develop a knowledge and understanding of basic health strategies required to produce positive health outcomes;
• build on a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and demonstrate the ability to put this understanding to effective use;
• be information literate; locating, evaluating, managing and using a range of information;
• adopt appropriate behaviours including socially and ethnically sensitive communications skills and empathy;
• engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis;
• work independently or as part of a team;
• demonstrate consistent ethical professional behaviour; and
• understand the principles involved in due duty of care to patients.

Students are required to have successfully completed the program Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine) – Chiropractic Stream or an equivalent program.

Course Description

Diagnostic skills in the areas of laboratory investigations, dermatology and ophthalmology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Describe and explain the basic science and principles underlying organ system disorders and clinical laboratory tests.
• Recognise and diagnose the clinical presentations of dermatology, rheumatic disease, ear, nose & throat (ENT) and ophthalmology disorders by integrating physical and historical data and identifying the pathophysiological process responsible for the patient’s complaint
• Describe and apply prevalence data to clinical cases.
• Apply the presumptive diagnosis as a basis for making management/referral decisions.
• Utilise and interpret clinical laboratory tests.
• Locate, analyse and synthesise information related to case studies of dermatology, rheumatic diseases, ear, nose & throat (ENT) and ophthalmology disorders and their progress.
• Present written reports and cases studies
• Work with teams in preparing case studies

Within the context of evidence-based care and the legal scope of practice students will gain or improve capabilities for patient-centred care in:

• knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences;
• skills in clinical assessment (including chiropractic-specific skills);
• skills in diagnostic decision-making;
• skills in clinical management (including chiropractic-specific skills);
• skills in the steps of problem-solving (identification of a problem, gathering/analyzing/synthesizing information, implementation of a solution, and assessment of its effectiveness) at the levels of the patient, practitioner, profession, and society;
• effective communication skills, utilizing a variey of media in clinical, professional, political, academic and public settings;
• their ability to demonstrate the duty of care required of a primary contact health care practitioner, including ethical practice management; and
• their ability to deliver health care in a culturally diverse society, with an awareness of the intricacies involved.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• tutorial discussion of case studies and role playing designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of written assignments consisting of case studies requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving clinical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

The recommended text books for this course are:

Jamison JR Differential diagnosis for primary practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1999.

An instruction-focussed activity for the study of dermatology will be available on the DLS.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises written and group OSCE examination at end of semester.and Case studies assignment.