Course Title: Integrated Assessment and Diagnosis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Assessment and Diagnosis

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

Course Coordinator: Barry Draper

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7275

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre – requisites: MEDS2101 Assessment and Diagnosis 1; REHA2169 Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice.
Co – requisites: REHA2168 Chiropractic 6

Course Description

This course builds on all previous courses and particularly Assessment and Diagnosis 1 MEDS2101 and Assessment and Diagnosis 2 MEDS2102. It integrates and develops the principles of physical examination from the regional into a systemic perspective and correlates this with diagnostic imaging. This is achieved with a heavy reliance on clinical case studies.

Diagnostic imaging incorporates normal radiographic anatomy, congenital anomalies and normal variants in skeletal radiology, mensuration in skeletal radiology and principles of radiological interpretation.

Includes the following modules:

1. Integrated Physical Examination
2. Integrated Musculoskeletal Assessment
3. Diagnostic Imaging

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Specific objectives for the diagnostic imaging component are:

  1. Identify on plain film radiographs the densities corresponding to the skeletal and soft tissue structures of the human body.
  2. Identify on plain film radiographs the major landmarks of individual osseous, articular and soft tissue structures of the human body.
  3. Identify which view a given radiograph represents.
  4. Identify on which side of the body a particular radiographic representation of an anatomical structure lies.
  5. Identify at which level a particular radiographic representation of a spinal structure lies.
  6. Identify, describe and discuss the radiographic features of all the anomalies and variants either presented in class or included in the reading list.
  7. Use appropriate descriptive terminology when referring either verbally or in written form to radiographic findings.
  8. Classify the various radiological manifestations of vertebral malpositions.
  9. Perform any of the radiographic measurements either presented in class or included in the reading list.
  10. Measure and classify scoliosis.
  11. Use descriptive radiological terminology to refer to different radiographic densities.
  12. Name the anatomical parts of a bone as seen on radiographs.
  13. Define the different categories of bone disease.
  14. List and describe the radiological features that permit differentiation of bone pathologies.
  15. Outline the different diagnostic imaging modalities currently available.

The integrated diagnosis and management components promote and develop critical thinking and analysis of issues related to the refinement of the diagnostic decision-making process.

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned including lectures, practical demonstrations and reference to on line resources. In order to develop skills it is essential that assesment procedures demonstrated in the practical sessions are practiced by students outside of class times.

Overview of Learning Resources

myRMIT, lecture presentations, and laboratory manuals support this course. The library has an excellent of Journals and texts that support the course content and a Chiropractic Liaison Librarian.

The course website contains a series of online lectures, PowerPoint presentations,
quizzes, questionnaires and a discussion board.

As a student enrolled in a course at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, the myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

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 and practical assessments, including formative and summative components.