Course Title: Biomechanics for Chiropractors

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomechanics for Chiropractors

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

REHA2170

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Joe Messina

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7243

Course Coordinator Email: joe.messina@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.5.17


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. Expectation that students have completed Introduction to Biosciences and Principles of Human Biology or their equivalents


Course Description

This course is designed to help students gain knowledge of the biomechanics of biological tissues and of normal and clinical biomechanics of the human body with an emphasis on the spine.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Understanding of biomechanical principles that, together with knowledge of anatomy and physiology, underpins the the skills and decision making processes that guide diagnosis and clinical management.


  1. Develop an understanding of the biomechanics of the upper and lower extremities and of clinical conditions with significant biomechanical implications.
  2. Develop an understanding of the biomechanics of gait and of disorders that modify walking patterns.
  3. Develop an understanding of the biomechanics of the central nervous system and learn how this knowledge can be used in a clinical setting.
  4. Develop an understanding of the biomechanics of the lumbar spine and pelvis and of clinical conditions with significant biomechanical implications.
  5. Develop an understanding of the biomechanics of the cervical spine and of clinical conditions with significant biomechanical implications.
  6. Develop an understanding of the biomechanics of the thoracic spine and of clinical conditions with significant biomechanical implications.
  7. Develop an understanding of the biomechanics of skeletal muscle and of clinical conditions with significant biomechanical implications.


Overview of Learning Activities

Classroom based lectures and self directed learning augmented by overview lectures.


Overview of Learning Resources

Library
As a student enrolled in a course at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, the myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online Learning tools and content
As a student in this course you may access to online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT.


Overview of Assessment

Written assessment at the end of the semester