Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practice 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 Sandra Gason

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7611

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.063

Course Coordinator Availability: E-mail is preferred method of contact

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

This course is designed to promote and further develop critical thinking and analysis of issues related to the diagnosis and management of the chiropractic patient. You will continue to develop and refine therapeutic communication skills and engage in evidence based clinical assessment and management in the chiropractic clinical environment. This course will encourage you to develop an awareness of collaborative, patient centred care within the University and community based teaching clinics.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from supervising clinicians is integral to your experience.

The work place is the RMIT Health Sciences teaching clinic or one of several Community Clinics.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) 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);
  • 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 effective therapeutic communication in the Chiropractic patient care environment.
  2. Undertake appropriate clinical assessment of the chiropractic patient. 3. Demonstrate suitable, evidence-informed, chiropractic management skills in the patient care environment. 4. Practice and justify particular chiropractic therapeutic techniques and other management skills in the clinic setting. 5. Demonstrate appropriate inter-professional communication



Overview of Learning Activities

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

Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop independent learning.

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.

Study Hours:

Teacher-guided hours: 12 hours

Learner-directed hours: 24 hours

Clinical practicum hours: 208 hours

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.

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: Two intra-semester mini clinical assessments 30% and reflection 15%

Weighting 45% (HURDLE Requirement)

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

Assessment Task 2: Communication quizzes 10% and GP letter 15%

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Clinical proficiency examination

Weighting 30% (HURDLE Requirement)

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

Assessment Task 4: Completed Clinic workbook

Weighting Pass/Fail (HURDLE Requirement)

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

For Assessment Tasks 1 & 3, 7 out of 10 practical skills or steps (or equivalent) must be passed at 50% or better.

Examinations will take place in the normal end of semester examination period. In a course containing a clinical examination, the following will apply:

  • Students who are unsuccessful in their first attempt at a clinical examination will be offered a second attempt prior to the Course Assessment Committee, usually in the third week of the examination period.
  • If the student passes the second attempt, they will be awarded a maximum score of 50% for the clinical examination component.
  • Students who are not successful at the second attempt will be given a NH (Failed mandatory hurdle requirement) grade for the course.