Course Title: Chiropractic 7

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 7

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Marcus McDonald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7602

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisite (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisite)


Course Description

This course will build upon your prior, and contribute to your future clinical knowledge. It will present a range of topics in the areas of integrative medicine, adjunctive therapies, clinical nutrition and rehabilitation that can enhance the management of the patient in the Chiropractic clinical setting. It will offer you tools adjunctive to those of active, practiced based therapies. You will be expected to demonstrate how to integrate these tools into clinical practice and sound clinical thinking. You will be introduced to the application of the topics and be encouraged where and how to further become skilled in areas of interest

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 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;
  • PLO5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);

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

  1. Describe the range of management options adjunctive to chiropractic.
  2. Discuss the application, limitations, contraindications, diagnostic procedures and decision-making involved with such therapies in an integrative medical context (including nutritional evaluation).
  3. Demonstrate and prescribe appropriate clinical based rehabilitation.
  4. Construct a care plan informed by the above areas of knowledge.
  5. Utilise sound clinical based decision making in the above areas.
  6. Demonstrate a capacity to independently evaluate, investigate and integrate into clinical practice, techniques, modalities and interventions adjunctive to passive chiropractic clinic based care.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals 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.

Lectures and practicals are the principal modes of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss the practical sessions in relation to the underlying core principles.

Self-directed learning is essential and will enable you to better develop independent learning, support the material covered in the practical sessions and is considered necessary for successful completion of the assessment tasks.

The elements of learning in this course will be directly applicable to and integrated into activities in REHA2212 Clinical Chiropractic 6.  

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 and the Chiropractic clinic.

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early assessment task: Online quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 6

Grades and feedback will be provided after the closing date.

Assessment Task 2: Clinical WIL related task. Adjunctive therapies.

Weighting 40%

There are four (4) tasks included in this (each worth 10%). The first of these tasks is due mid-semester

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Clinical WIL related tasks. Rehabilitation

Weighting 30%

There are three (3) tasks included in this (each worth 10%). The first of these tasks is due mid-semester.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Clinical WIL related tasks. Nutrition

Weighting 20%

Two (2) individual tasks (each worth 10%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6