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 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Rick Ames

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7394

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.037

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake assessment and management of disorders of the spine and neuromusculoskeletal system as part of the skill-set required of 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 practical work in this course simulates a work environment and involves role-play as clinician and patient, which provides skills in examining and managing a patient presenting with neuromusculoskeletal findings that may form the basis of diagnosis and management in clinical practice.

You will be introduced to the principles and practice of radiographic safety and positioning which 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 be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes required to undertake assessment and management of disorders of the spine, pelvis, and extremities;
  2. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and professional communication relevant to chiropractic professional practice, which involves verbal and non-verbal communication skills;
  3. Acquire a basic physical understanding of the production of optimal radiographic images with maximum protection against the hazards of x-rays.
  4. Demonstrate the skills required to produce diagnostic radiographs of the spine and extremities in accordance with Victorian Department of Human Services guideline;
  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: 60 per semester comprising lectures and practical classes

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester consisting of review of lecture material, additional suggested reading and skill acquisition practice.

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

Assessment Task 1: Intra semester practical assessments

Weighting 40%

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

Assessment Task 2: End of semester written examination

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: End of semester practical assessments (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 40%

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