Course Title: Research and Scholarship Portfolio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research and Scholarship Portfolio

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Amanda Kimpton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6547

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.71

Course Coordinator Availability: request via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the following courses before you commence this course:

  • REHA2189 Clinical Chiropractic 1
  • MEDS2126 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enroll in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

The Research and Scholarship Portfolio is designed to develop students who are both educated consumers, as well as limited producers, of scholarship. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively apply relevant research findings in the clinical practice setting. The course will also introduce students to the theory and practice of clinical research methodology so that the student has the capability to actively participate in practice based research.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • PLO 1: Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework.
  • PLO 2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment.
  • PLO 3: Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner.
  • PLO 5: Communicate effectively in a range of forms written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals).

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in the steps of problem-solving at the levels of the patient, practitioner, profession, and society
  2. Contribute to the disciplinary knowledge base by disseminating results from scholarly activities and participating in the academic and professional communities
  3. Engage in the continued development of scholarship in the professional community
  4. Display effective communication skills 

Overview of Learning Activities

Throughout the Master of Clinical Chiropractic, each student will be required to complete a series of specific tasks that are seen as necessary to understanding the scholarly process. 

Task 1: Data Gathering Exercise: Execution of an observational study in a Practice-Based Setting in the RMIT Chiropractic Clinic setting. This could be applied to the assessment requirements of the following courses (Clinical Practicum 3 – file audit; Chiropractic Practice 2, Module 3 – case series; Clinical Practicum 4 – file audit). 

Task 2: The Capstone Course – Presentation and dissemination of research findings
The Capstone course is designed to allow the student to evaluate, synthesise reflect on and report the results of the data gathering exercise. The student will work within the learning group to analyse the data that was collected in task 1 and produce a group case report.


Teacher Guided Hours: 60 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Throughout MC143 Master of Clinical Chiropractic, you will be required to complete a series of specific tasks that are seen as necessary to understanding the scholarly process. In previous courses you will have already undertaken a data gathering exercise in your execution of an observational study in a Practice-Based Setting in the RMIT Chiropractic Clinic. In this capstone course you will evaluate, synthesise, reflect on and report the results of that data gathering exercise. You will work within your designated learning group and produce a group case report which will form the basis of a journal article.

The main learning activity to be utilised for the Research and Scholarship portfolio will be the use of small groups of peers who are supervised by a mentor or facilitator, who is a member of the staff of the RMIT Chiropractic Unit, or an appropriately trained external member. Once the small group is established, the group will communicate weekly or fortnightly, and will function as a support group that can provide feedback and guidance to students. Each student will be required to provide evidence of their participation in the small group.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1:  Planning Phase (Group)

Participation and completion of an online discussion board focussing on the steps required to convert the results of the data gathering exercise into a group report and subsequent scholarly journal article. This will include contextualising your study within the contemporary chiropractic evidence-base. 

Weighting 50%

CLOs  1,2 4


Assessment Task 2:  Compilation, Presentation and Dissemination of Research Findings (Group Report)

Weighting 50%

CLOs 1-4