Course Title: Chiropractic 5 Theory

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 5 Theory

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 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Rick Ames

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7394

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.067

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course will enable you to continue to develop your knowledge of less common clinical conditions of the spine and extremities building on your learning from REHA2201 Chiropractic Theory 4. You will identify the principles of assessment and management of these 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):

  • 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 4 demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;

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

  1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of less common conditions affecting the spine and extremities.
  2. Identify the principles of the assessment and management including the need for referral of these conditions.
  3. Develop working diagnosis and differential diagnoses for patients presenting with these conditions.
  4. Identify risk factors, biopsychosocial factors and cultural considerations that may be associated with 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 your independent learning skills and support the material covered in the theoretical sessions.

This course is designed to provide a theoretical underpinning for your clinical practice and as such your knowledge acquisition will be challenged using a variety of theoretical assessments. Assessment 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. Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 48 per semester

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.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the recommended readings. 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 you. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities.

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, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Exam

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of Semester Examination

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 4: PeerWise Participation

Weighting 5%

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