Course Title: Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Amanda Kimpton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6547

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.5.05

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite courses: REHA2163 (Chiropractic 1) and REHA2164 (Chiropractic 2).

Assumed knowledge and capabilities include:

  1. An introductory knowledge and understanding of basic and clinical science principles underlying health care
  2. An introductory knowledge and understanding of basic health strategies required to produce positive health outcomes

Course Description

This course includes the following modules:

a. Research Methods

b. Principles of Chiropractic (biologic mechanisms underpinning chiropractic practice)

This course builds on the knowledge obtained in Chiropractic 1 REHA2163 as well as that developed throughout the first year of the program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course addresses the following graduate capabilities at an introductory level.

  1. An introductory level of skills development in the steps in problem solving (including gathering/analysing/synthesising information, implementation of a solution, and assessment of its effectiveness)
  2. An introductory level of ability to engage in the continued development of scholarship in the professional community
  3. An introductory level of skills development to contribute to knowledge by engaging in and disseminating results from scholarly activities (including discovery, application and integration)

The learning outcomes in this course include the following:

  1. To promote critical thinking and analysis of scholarly issues
  2. To develop understanding and knowledge of evidence-based practice
  3. To develop introductory knowledge and skills of clinical research methods
  4. To develop knowledge and understanding of the biologic mechanisms underpinning chiropractic practice

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures and using on-line notes.

Overview of Learning Resources

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Online Learning tools and content
As a student in this course you may access to online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

 Written assessment both mid-semester and at the end of the semester.