Course Title: Diagnosis and Management 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Diagnosis and Management 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 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Barry Draper

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7275

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, students are expected to be able 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.

For Clinical Nutrition component, review relevant aspects of Basic Nutrition taught in PUBH1319

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

Course Description

Organ systems:
This course explores the diagnosis and management of common and important disorders related to respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, reticuloendothelial and gastrointestinal systems.

The Clinical Nutrition component explores the relationship of nutrition to the following areas:

  • Nutritional assessment and “at risk” profiles
  • Co-management of common and important conditions impacting on the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reticuloendothelial, and musculoskeletal systems.
  • Lifestyle disease (eg metabolic syndrome)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical presentation of common and important visceral disorders and the pathophysiological process/es responsible for the patient’s complaint
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how establish differential and working diagnoses for common and important patient presentations, including problems “not to be missed”
  • Identify indicators for referral or ”Red Flag” presentations
  • Identify the RISK FACTORS for important/prevalent disease processes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of management of visceral disorders
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the co-management strategies for common and important visceral disorders
  • Demonstrate awareness of some chemical interventions with respect to the common and important potential for certain nutrients to be used as therapeutic agents.

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
  • 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

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;
  • attendance at tutorials where syllabus material will be discussed and you will make a case presentation;
  • completion of written assignments consisting of case studies and critique requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • private study and self-directed learning, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials
    completion of a clinical nutrition assignment

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT Studies 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 referred to in Part B course guide.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course is detailed in the Part B course guide.