Course Title: Chiropractic 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Dein Vindigni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7311

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.057

Course Coordinator Availability: please e-mail for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course is designed to enable the development of the knowledge and skills required to undertake assessment of functional disorders of the spine and neuromusculoskeletal system as part of your skill-set as a chiropractor and primary contact practitioner. You will also continue to build on the skills associated with palpatory and functional assessment techniques of the spine, pelvis and extremities.

The neurological component of this course will introduce the principles and practice of conducting a neurological examination to help localise neurological dysfunction or pathology in the peripheral or central nervous system(s) and the orthopaedic component will introduce to regional orthopaedic testing.

The biomechanics component will introduce you to concepts of movement and function of the human body. Collectively, these components will assist you in arriving at a provisional diagnosis.

The practical work in this course stimulates a work environment and involves role play as clinician and patient, which provides skills in examining a patient for neuromusculoskeletal findings that may form the basis of diagnosis in clinical practice.

This information will also assist in determining whether the patient may be effectively managed within a chiropractic setting or requires referral to another health professional for further evaluation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes of 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.

On successful completion of this course you should demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes required to undertake assessment of functional disorders of the spine, pelvis, and extremities;
  2. Demonstrate the use of an appropriate and professional communication ability relevant to chiropractic professional practice, which involves verbal and non-verbal communication skills;
  3. Describe the characteristics of normal human movement and function in order to apply your understanding in a clinical context;
  4. Perform a screening evaluation for the nervous system, orthopaedic and biomechanical examination of the spine and locomotor system;
  5. Identify functional and dysfunctional musculoskeletal findings in the spine, pelvis and extremities of the human body.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures are used to introduce new learning concepts: both theoretical and practical, and revise essential knowledge requirements.  Lecture material and related resources are available on Canvas.

Practicals and tutorials encourage and enable you to develop skill acquisition by applying and practising the material presented in the lectures.  You can ask questions and receive clarification and feedback from your supervising teachers in real time.  You are expected to dress appropriately for practical tutorials to allow for the application of skills taught.  This will be discussed further in class.

Group discussions during classes are encouraged as they help to develop independent thinking and provide shared learning experiences from which you and your fellow students can learn.  

Teacher Guided Hours: 65 per semester comprising lectures and practical classes

Learner Directed Hours: 90 per semester consisting of review of lecture material, additional suggested reading and skill acquisition practice.  

Progression and Attendance Requirements: Attendance at chiropractic technique classes is compulsory.  Students need to demonstrate competency in the delivery of practical techniques in a safe and skillful manner in supervised laboratory classes.  Students with less than 70% attendance of practical classes during semester will not be offered an additional assessment opportunity to demonstrate safety and practical skills if they are unable to demonstrate safe practice in the final practical assessment.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through Canvas (

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

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).

Hurdle requirements are necessary 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

Early Assessment Task:  2D Motion Analysis Project Description and Report

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2:  Intra semester tests Five (5) on-line tests in Biomechanics

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 -5 

Assessment Task 3: Mid-semester practical theory assessment (Part A Biomechanics Part B Neurological Spinal, Orthopaedic Examination and Upper and Lower Extremity Examination)  

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment 4: End of semester written examination

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment 5 (HURDLE REQUIREMENT): Practical examination

Weighting 35%

This assessment supports CLOs 1 -5