Course Title: Diagnosis and Management 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Diagnosis and Management 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Marcus McDonald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7602

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 Students are required to have successfully completed the courses MEDS2120 Diagnosis and Management 1 and MEDS2126 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2.

 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.

Course Description

This course covers the application of the following areas in relation to the diagnosis and management of a patient:

  • A general understanding of the nature, identification and management of psychological disorders and problems and procedures for referral to appropriate agencies and the relevance of health psychology to the health care practitioner.
  • Advanced concepts and techniques related to the application of advanced physiological therapeutics.
  • Standard drug therapy and the potential for adverse effects.
  • Nutritional intervention, including a brief review of macronutrients and micronutrient physiology is followed by nutritional intervention of key diet related conditions.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. You will be required to use your time in clinical placement to perform, practice and integrate knowledge from class 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC143 Master of Clinical Chiropractic:

PLO 1               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;

PLO 5               effective communication skills, utilizing a variety of media in clinical, professional, political, academic and public settings; and

PLO 6               their ability to demonstrate the duty of care required of a primary contact health care practitioner, including ethical practice management.

 On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Describe and explain common clinical psychological disorders.
2. Recognise the diagnosis and clinical presentation of important clinical psychological disorders.
3. Apply knowledge of demographic, socio-cultural diversity in the assessment and management of specified psychological disorders.
4. Apply concepts of physiological therapeutics to clinical conditions.
5. Describe the impact of some chemical interventions with respect to:
a. the potential for certain nutrients to be used as therapeutic agents
b. the signs and symptoms suggestive of adverse drug effects. Only certain drugs encountered in Chiropractic practice are considered.
6. Explain the concept of integrative medicine and its likely applications.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students are expected to explore the material independently and read widely in the area. Learning activities will include instruction-focussed activity with information being made available on the Learning Hub and in the form of:

  • Lectures
  • On-line material
  • Practicals
  • Independent study


Teacher Guided Hours: 60 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT Studies and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible internet sites

Overview of Assessment

  This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

 Early Assessment:  Clinical Task 1

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 6

Assessment 2:  Clinical Tasks 2,3 & 4

This task is designed to also form part of the student’s learning in adjunctive therapies.

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 6

Assessment  3: Online Drug nutrient interaction assessment.

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 5 & 6

Assessment 4: End of Semester  theory exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3