Course Title: Differential Diagnosis and Management for Chiropractors 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Differential Diagnosis and Management for Chiropractors 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

REHA2206

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016

REHA2206

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Rick Ames

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7394

Course Coordinator Email: rick.ames@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.067


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

  • REHA2203 Chiropractic 6 Theory
  • REHA2200 Chiropractic 6 Practical

Alternatively you must 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: www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

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:www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

This course will provide for you an opportunity to review the clinical presentation and management of common neuromuscular and skeletal disorders in the patient presenting to the chiropractic clinical setting. You will be expected to recognise, assess and manage the common neuromuscular and skeletal disorders, develop a working and differential diagnosis for these conditions and to be cognisant of the risk factors associated with these presentations.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes in the BP280 Bachelor Health Sciences, Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) program:

 

  1. PLO1: provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework;
  2. PLO2: gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;
  3. PLO3: practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  4. PLO4: demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;
  5. PLO5: communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  6. PLO6: work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships


Course Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this course you will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology and assessment of common neuromuscular and skeletal disorders that present in the chiropractic clinical setting.
  2. Identify management options available for neuromuscular and skeletal presentations to the chiropractic clinic.
  3. Develop a working diagnosis and a differential diagnosis for patients presenting with these conditions.
  4. Identify and elaborate risk factors associated with these conditions.
  5. Differentiate between when to treat and when appropriate referral to another health professional is required.


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 and clinical scenarios.

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.

Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

You will undertake the six hours per week of face to face and/or on-line presentation. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study. Total study hours 120.


Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures, on-line presentations 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. See http://rmit.libguides.com/biomedical and health sciences. 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 and the Chiropractic clinic. 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: http://rmit.libguides.com/chiropractic


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task:  PeerWise Activity

Weighting 5%

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

Assessment Task 2:  Intra-semester Written examination

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: Intra-semester Group Assignment

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment 4: End of semester Written Examination

Weighting 50% 

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