Course Title: Chiropractic 5 Practical

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 5 Practical

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Frank Donnoli

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7631

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.069

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course will enable you to continue to develop functional technical skills for the management of less common conditions of the spine and extremities. It will cover manual adjustments and mobilisation techniques of the spine and pelvis as well as soft tissue techniques.

Management concepts and theoretical principles presented in REHA2202 Chiropractic 5 Theory will underpin the application of technical skills learned in this course. The course will also build on previously learned skills and knowledge in REHA2201 Chiropractic 4 Theory.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic):


  • PLO1 provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework;
  • PLO2 gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;
  • PLO3 practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  • PLO4 demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;

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

  1. Demonstrate functional management skills for common conditions of the spine and extremities
  2. Identify any relevant cautions to the therapeutic procedures covered in the course
  3. Adapt technical procedures according to a range of variables, including stage, pain levels and patient’s body type
  4. Apply technical skills in a culturally and gender sensitive manner. 
  5. Integrate previously learned knowledge and skills

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to engage you actively in the learning process to aid development of both clinical practice skills as well as support theoretical knowledge. This course will use learning activities including practicals, lectures, online engagement (Lectopia, podcasts, Wiki’s Blogs, Peerwise and Discussion Board) and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving core aspects covered in the course.

Practical classes are the primary mode of learning in this course. A small series of dedicated lectures will support your understanding of some core concepts and principles. However, management concepts and core theoretical content will be largely presented in REHA2205 Chiropractic 5 Theory lectures. Material previously presented in REHA2201 Chiropractic 4 may also relate to the application of techniques in Chiropractic 5. You will have the opportunity to discuss relevant physiological principles in the practical classes. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities.

Self-directed learning will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and support the material covered in the practical sessions.

As this course is a mostly practical component of your program, the formative and summative assessments undertaken will primarily take the form of practical assessments to challenge your learning. There will be one minor online theoretical assessment for the dedicated lecture component in this course.


Teacher Guided Hours: 65 per semester

2 hours per week of practical classes for Diversified Technique

2 hours per week of practical classes for Gonstead Technique


1 hour per week of practical classes for Soft Tissue Technique (STT)

7 formal lecture hours (Gonstead/STT)

Learner Directed Hours: 55 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources for this course include lecture and practical Powerpoint notes, practical technique manuals, video material and targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. 

Practical learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including hands on practical activities and simulated learning activities. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, discussion board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops.

RMIT will provide you with online resources and tools for learning in this course via myRMIT ( You are expected to regularly access the course website, which contains announcements, course information such as detailed timetables and prescribed reading, course documents and the gradebook.

A subject Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Intra-semester online test (based on REHA2199 Lecture Content)

Weighting: 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Intra-semester practical assessments (all components) (HURDLE)

Weighting:  45%

  1. Week 6 Diversified Spinal Technique practical exam (18% of total course marks)
  2. Week 6 Gonstead Technique practical exam (18% of total course marks
  3. Week 6 Soft Tissue Technique practical exam (9% of total course marks)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: End of semester practical assessments (all components) (HURDLE)

Weighting: 45%

  1. Diversified Spinal Technique practical exam (18% of total course marks)
  2. Gonstead Technique practical exam (18% of total course marks
  3. Soft Tissue Technique practical exam (9% of total course marks)

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5


Students must obtain a grade of 50% or greater of the total grade to pass the course.

For Assessment Tasks 2 & 3, 7 out of 10 practical skills or steps (or equivalent) must be passed at 50% or better.

Please note: In a course containing a clinical skills practical examination, the following will apply:

Students who are unsuccessful in their first attempt at a clinical skills practical examination will be offered a second attempt during Week 3 of the prescribed examination period.
If the student passes the second attempt, they will be awarded a maximum score of 50% for the clinical skills practical examination component.
If the student does not pass the second attempt, a third attempt will be scheduled 5 working days after the second attempt. Students who are successful at the third attempt will be awarded a maximum grade of 50% for the course.

Students who are not successful at the third attempt will be given a fail grade for the course.