Course Title: Chiropractic 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Amanda Kimpton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6547

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.71

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the profession of Chiropractic in the contemporary setting. You will review the historical development of the profession of Chiropractic and be introduced to the principles of Chiropractic practice within that context, along with its sociological positioning in contemporary society from a local, national and international perspective. During this course you will develop the introductory skills associated with knowledge of surface anatomy and the biomechanics and kinematics of the skeletal and extremity systems. Your knowledge of the surface and tissue anatomy will inform your Chiropractic assessment and techniques. This course will introduce you to the skills required for information literacy and evidence-based practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

  • PLO1: Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework.
  • PLO 8: Understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

On completion of this course you will be expected to:

  1. Articulate detailed knowledge of the historical development of the profession of Chiropractic.
  2. Situate the role of the contemporary Chiropractic practitioner in the local, national and international societal context
  3. Demonstrate  an awareness of contemporary Chiropractic paradigms and principles of Chiropractic practice as a basis for professional practice
  4. Identify features of biological tissues and human surface anatomy
  5. Exhibit knowledge and skills  related to information literacy and evidence-based practice

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals and self-directed learning. The learning activities in this course are designed to engage you actively in the learning process, to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving aspects of physiology covered in the course.

Lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core content.
Practicals will support your understanding of, and familiarity with, the physiology associated with the particular topics covered in the lectures. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the practicals in relation to the underlying physiological principles.

Self-directed learning will enable you to better develop independent learning and support the material covered in the formal sessions.



Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources.

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided digitally available to you. You are encouraged to engage in wider reading to provide an opportunity to expand your focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities and the Chiropractic clinic.

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A subject Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.


Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task:  Information Literacy online test

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 2:  Written Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 3: Online test

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment 4: Practical skills assessment (HURDLE)

Weighting 30% 

This assessment supports CLO 4


 Assessment 5: End-of-Semester Written Examination

Weighting 30%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5