Course Title: Chiropractic 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Amanda Kimpton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6547

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.068

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

Chiropractic 2 is a one semester course that builds on the knowledge and skill gained in REHA2163 Chiropractic 1.
You will begin to develop the introductory skills associated with patient interaction and apply your bioscience knowledge of surface anatomy to the biomechanics and kinematics of the skeletal and extremity systems. Your knowledge of surface and tissue anatomy will inform your Chiropractic assessment and techniques. You will also continue to develop your skills in patient interaction and assessment within the context of the chiropractic health care profession.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic):
● PLO 2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment.
● PLO 5: Communicate effectively in a range of forms written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals).
● PLO 8: Understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations integrate the significance of the radiographic findings to the patient’s management.

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of biological tissues and human surface anatomy to support clinical practice.
  2. Discuss the introductory elements of postural and musculoskeletal assessment.
  3. Identify normal and clinical biomechanics and kinematics of the spine along with upper and lower extremities.
  4. Exhibit basic skills in patient interaction and assessment

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals and self-directed learning. The learning activities in this course are designed to engage you actively in the learning process, to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving aspects of physiology covered in the course.
Lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core content.
Practicals will support your understanding of, and familiarity with, the physiology associated with the particular topics covered in the lectures. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the practicals in relation to the underlying physiological principles.
Self-directed learning will enable you to better develop independent learning skills and support the material covered in the formal sessions.

Teacher Guided Hours: 78 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 42 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources.
Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided digitally available to you. You are encouraged to engage in wider reading to provide an opportunity to expand your focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.
Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities.
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-focused professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Intra-semester written examination for biomechanics

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 2: End-of-semester summative extremity practical exam (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: End-of-semester summative spinal practical (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 

Assessment Task 4: End-of-year written examination

Weighting 40%

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