Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practice 3

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 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: as by appointment through email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • First Aid Certificate


There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

Course Description

This course is designed to promote and further develop communication skills, critical thinking and analysis of issues related to the evidence based assessment and management of the Chiropractic patient.  The course will also illustrate the different requirements which are sometimes necessary when dealing with diverse patient populations. A critical analysis of contemporary chiropractic management is also undertaken. You will engage in research activity designed to stimulate a sense of critical enquiry in the practice of health care.  This course will encourage you to develop a further awareness of collaborative patient centred care within the University and community based teaching clinics. You will continue to develop and refine your clinical skills in the chiropractic clinical environment.

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.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of  Program Learning Outcomes for BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

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:

CLO 1 Demonstrate effective communication in the chiropractic patient care environment

CLO 2 Undertake evidence based clinical assessment and management of the chiropractic patient

CLO 3 Anticipate the needs of diverse patient populations as part of evidence based chiropractic practice.

CLO 4 Critically analyse contemporary chiropractic management options.

CLO 5 Complete a student lead research activity designed to stimulate a sense of critical enquiry into the practice of health care.

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.

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 real clinical encounters within the RMIT Health Sciences 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:

Overview of Assessment






Assessment 1:


Clinical practice mini assessments



Assessment 2: 

Group research assignment 



Assessment 3: 

Performance Assessment of clinic skills 





Assessment 4: Written end of semester

End of semester written exam 




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 (Leaning & 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.

Please note: In a course containing a clinical skills practical examination, the following will apply:

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 Course Assessment Committee. If the student passes the second attempt, they will be awarded a maximum score of 50 percent 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