Course Title: Chiropractic 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 3

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 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

Course Coordinator: Dein Vindigni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257311

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.57

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the following courses before you commence this course:

  • REHA2164 Chiropractic 2
  • BIOL2274 Limb and Trunk Anatomy

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enroll in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

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Course Description

This course is designed to enable the development of the knowledge and attitudinal skills required to undertake assessment of functional disorders of the nervous system, spine, pelvis and extremities as part of your skill-set as a chiropractor and primary contact practitioner. You will also continue to develop the skills associated with palpatory assessment techniques of the spine, pelvis and extremities related to the profession of Chiropractic.

The neurological component of this course will specifically introduce the principles and practice of conducting a neurological examination to help localise any neurological dysfunction or pathology in the peripheral or central nervous system(s) as well as gather evidence to arrive at a provisional diagnosis.

This information will also assist in determining whether the  patient may be effectively managed within a chiropractic setting or requires referral to another health professional for further evaluation

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  1. PLO1 provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework;
  2. PLO2 gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;
  3. PLO3 practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  4. PLO4 demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care.

On completion of this course you should demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to:

  1. Undertake assessment of functional and other disorders of the spine, pelvis and extremities with an emphasis on palpatory techniques.
  2. Conduct a neurological examination to help localise any neurological dysfunction or pathology and gather evidence to arrive at a provisional diagnosis.
  3. Determine whether the patient may be effectively managed within a chiropractic setting or requires referral to another health professional for further evaluation

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will support you with a combination of lectures and practical laboratory sessions. It covers all components of the neurological system and assessment of the upper and lower extremities. You will be required to demonstrate a sound knowledge of simulated patient assessment of the neurological system and upper and lower extremities.  

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course include textbooks, lecture notes and clinical laboratory assignments. Where possible, this information is provided online via myRMIT (, and you are expected to regularly access the course website, which contains announcements, course information such as detailed timetables and prescribed reading, course documents and the gradebook. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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 (Leaning & 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:  Peer-wise assessment

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs  1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2:  Mid-semester assessment online (10%) and practical (10%)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: End of semester  written assessment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment 4: End of semester clinical practical performance assessment

Weighting 50% (HURDLE Requirement)

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3


This examination is considered to be a clinical skills practical examination. In a course containing a clinical skills practical examination, the following will apply.
Students who are unsuccessful in their first attempt at a clinical skills practical examination will be offered a second attempt prior to Course Assessment Committee.  If the student passes the second attempt, they will be awarded a maximum score of 50 percent for the clinical skills practical examination component.

If the student does not pass the second attempt, a NH grade will be awarded for the course