Course Title: Chiropractic 4 Theory

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 4 Theory

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr 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

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

This theoretical course will enable you to develop a detailed knowledge of common clinical conditions of the spine and extremities. You will begin to identify the principles of assessment and management associated with these clinical conditions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following 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;
● PLO4: demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;

Upon successful conclusion of this course you will be expected to:

  1. Integrate previously learned knowledge and demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the anatomy, function and pathology related to common conditions affecting the spine and extremities.
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the elements for the assessment and the principles of management related to these conditions.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving key concepts.
Blended learning principles are employed by providing face to face and online presentations. These are supported by online powerpoint presentations and study guides for prescribed texts This approach will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of core content.
Self-directed learning is available via the online material at the myRMIT site and the recommended texts. This will enable you to better develop independent learning and support the material covered in the theoretical sessions.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise both formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. As a theoretical component of your program the formative and summative assessments undertaken during this course

will take the form of theoretical assessments to challenge your learning. This may include, but is not restricted to, the following: participation in discussion formats, examinations, assignments and clinical practice laboratories. It may also include use of online

technology in the form of a critically reflective online journal or blog. The assessments will challenge your learning as you undertake it sequentially across the semester. Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core

principles presented in the course.

You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week of face to face teaching. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Teacher Directed: 48

Learner Directed: 48 (minimum)


Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the prescribed text. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.
The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to students. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.
RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A subject Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Intra-semester Assignment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Mid semester examination

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 3: End of Semester examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment task 4: PeerWise participation

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2