Course Title: Diagnosis and Management 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Diagnosis and Management 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Samantha Harman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6668

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.38

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

This course follows on from Diagnosis & Management 1 and its general aim is to provide the necessary pathophysiological and clinical knowledge relating to diagnostic skills in the areas of laboratory investigations, dermatology, rheumatic disease, external eye 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, external eye 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, external eye and ophthalmology disorders and their progress.

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 may include:

  • attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • online self-directed learning exercises which involves study of cases and prescribed resource material; 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

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:

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

The assessment for this course comprises intra-semester written examinations and end of semester written examinations.