Course Title: Integrated Clinical Sciences 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Clinical Sciences 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MEDS2127

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Marcus McDonald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7602

Course Coordinator Email: marcus.mcdonald@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.14

Course Coordinator Availability: appoitment request via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

REHA2190 Clinical Chiropractic 2 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

The course discusses and considers the age-related range of clinical conditions commonly encountered in the patient within chiropractic practice. Emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to the care of the pregnant, young and ageing patient with emphasis on clinically relevant aspects of the lifecycle stages.

Clinical issues associated with caring for the pregnant woman, issues concerned with childbirth, (including puerperium and lactation), gynaecological disorders and the care of the gravid are addressed. The course also considers the growth, development and ageing processes of the human body, the appropriate history taking processes that must be considered for various stages of the lifecycle and the age-dependant response of the patient to intervention.
You will be introduced to principles of pharmacology and the mechanisms of drug action of major drug families commonly encountered in clinical practice. You will thus be able to recognise and modify chiropractic management of the patient, if necessary, after consideration of their drug intake.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

 Within the context of evidence-based care and the legal scope of practice students will gain or improve capabilities for patient-centred care in:

  • skills in clinical assessment (including chiropractic-specific skills);
  • skills in diagnostic decision-making;
  • skills in clinical management (including chiropractic-specific skills);
  • skills in empathetic communication (such as listening, relating, reassurance, and taking into account non-verbal cues) in the doctor-patient relationship, and other professional and personal relationships;
  • ability to uphold the professional code of conduct in all relationships maintained by the chiropractor;
  • their ability to demonstrate the duty of care required of a primary contact health care practitioner, including ethical practice management; and
  • ability to work within the broader health care system, including the ability to collaborate with and influence other health care disciplines, local and national governments. 


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify and elaborate a range of age-related clinical conditions commonly encountered in the patient within chiropractic practice;
  2. Recognise and apply the characteristics of a holistic approach to the care of the pregnant, young and ageing patient with emphasis on clinically relevant aspects of the lifecycle stages;
  3. Recount and elaborate clinical issues associated with caring for the pregnant woman, issues concerned with child-birth, (including puerperium and lactation), gynaecological disorders and the care of the gravid;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the growth, development and ageing processes of the human body;
  5. List and review appropriate history taking processes that must be considered for various stages of the lifecycle, and the age dependant response of the patient to intervention; and
  6. Relate key principles of pharmacology and mechanisms of drug action (of major drug families commonly encountered in clinical practice) to appropriate modifications of  chiropractic patient management .


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;  and
  • Online guided study where materials such as podcasts, reading material and instructions for self directed study will be supplied.
  • Private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials.
Teacher Guided Hours: 52 per semester
Learner Directed Hours: 52 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

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

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub 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.

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.

A subject Library Guide is available at: http://rmit.libguides.com/chiropractic


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 Assessment Tasks

 Early Assessment Task:  Self- Paced Learning

Weighting 30%

 This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 2:Mid-semester assessment by assignment (Group)

Weighting 35% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5

 

Assessment Task 3: End of Semester Written Examination (2 hour paper)

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLO 1-6

In order to obtain a pass grade or more for this course, an overall grade of 50%, aggregated from all assessable tasks must be obtained.