Course Title: Differential Diagnosis and Management for Chiropractors 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Differential Diagnosis and Management for Chiropractors 2

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,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Samantha Harman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6668

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.04.054

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course will provide for you an opportunity to continue to build upon the clinical presentation and management of common neuromuscular and skeletal disorders in the patient presenting to the chiropractic clinical setting. You will continue to develop, assess and manage the common neuromuscular and skeletal disorders, be expected to 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

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes of BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)  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 specialised health care;
  • PLO5 Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  • PLO6 Work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the pathophysiology and assessment of common neuromuscular and skeletal disorders that present to the chiropractic clinical setting.
  2. Explore and identify further 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. List and elaborate the risk factors associated with these conditions.
  5. Differentiate between when to treat and when  appropriate referral to another health professional is required and justify your decision.

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

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

Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop independent learning and support the material covered in the practical 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.

Teacher Guided Hours:      60

Learner Directed Hours:     60

You will undertake five hours per week of face-to-face and/or on-line lectures and one hour per week of practical sessions.

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. Prescribed and recommended readings may be found at the following database 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 hands-on clinical skills.

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

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 (Learning & 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:  Peer-wise assessment

Weighting 5%

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

Assessment Task 2:  Mid-semester assessment

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of semester written assessment

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 4: End of semester  practical assessment (HURDLE)

Weighting 20%

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

This examination is considered to be a clinical skills practical examination.  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 prior to the Course Assessment Committee meeting.  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 NH grade will be awarded for the course.