Course Title: Clinical Chiropractic 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Chiropractic 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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,

Course Coordinator: Dr Rick Ames

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7394

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.67

Course Coordinator Availability: via email request

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Prior Study: 

Students are required to have successfully completed the courses REHA2190 Clinical Chiropractic 2 and REHA2187 Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 3.

Assumed Knowledge:

The student should be proficient in the knowledge and utilisation of Chiropractic treatment approaches in clinical practice as previously taught in the MC143 program. As well students should be proficient in critical thinking skills sufficient to evaluate and critique a new, unique or different approach to examination, management and/or treatment in the primary contact Chiropractic clinical practice.

Course Description

This course consists of four modules:

Module 1: Jurisprudence
Prepares the student for entry into private practice by reviewing the legal and ethical principles of health care practice

Module 2: Clinical Conference
Develops critical analysis of patient care through practitioner interviews and a reflective essay.

Module 3: Chiropractic Technique Workshops
Students are introduced to common and evidence-based chiropractic therapeutic assessment and treatment approaches through a series of workshops and assignment based assessment.

Module 4: Contemporary Principles, Practice and Philosophy of Chiropractic
Seminar by guest speakers in which multiple points of view regarding the contemporary principles, practice and philosophy of chiropractic with respect to professional issues and private practice are presented. Students will be required to critically appraise any one point of view, paradigm or political stance.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC143 Master of Clinical Chiropractic:

  • PLO 1: skills in the steps of problem-solving (identification of a problem, gathering/analyzing/synthesizing information, implementation of a solution, and assessment of its effectiveness) at the levels of the patient, practitioner, profession, and society;
  • PLO 2: their ability to contribute to knowledge by engaging in and disseminating results from scholarly activities (including discovery, application, integration) into the academic and professional communities;
  • PLO 3: their ability to engage in the continued development of scholarship in the professional community;
  • PLO 4: their commitment to continuing professional development;
  • PLO 5: effective communication skills, utilizing a variety of media in clinical, professional, political, academic and public settings; and
  • PLO 6: their ability to demonstrate the duty of care required of a primary contact health care practitioner, including ethical practice management.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO 1: Identify, adhere to and apply ethical principles and legal requirements in the professional topic areas as presented in the course.
  • CLO 2: Develop the knowledge and skills to disassemble complex clinical, professional, legal, and ethical situations and construct behaviours and mechanisms to maximise risk management and patient care while minimising exposure to harm
  • CLO 3: Integrate and apply previously learned critical thinking and assessment skills in the areas of clinical assessment and diagnostic decision making.
  • CLO 4: Synthesize assessment and treatment procedures in relation to best practice and evidence of the clinical efficacy, sensitivity and specificity of the procedure and demonstrate skill in performing the procedures.
  • CLO 5: Critically review and discuss various viewpoints presented and contextualise these within the framework of responsible chiropractic practice

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals and self-directed learning through directed reading, guided reflection and on-line material on Blackboard. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving core aspects covered in the course.

Lectures support the practical experience and will provide you with the key concepts and theories relevant to understanding of the core concepts.

Practical classes and workshops will support your understanding of, and familiarity with, the core content associated with the particular topics covered in the lectures. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the practicals in relation to underlying physiological principles.

Student directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and support the material covered in the practical session

Theoretical and practical assessments are included as a demonstration of your knowledge associated with this course. These may include, but are not restricted to the following: participation in discussion formats, examinations, assignments and clinical practice laboratories. Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester
Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials on-line through the blackboard at myRMIT. They will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the Discipline/School during assignment work.

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 (Leaning & 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 1:  Jurisprudence Assignment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment 2: Clinical Conference Reflective Essay

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 3, 4, & 5

Assessment  3: Technique Workshops Assignment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLO 3, 4, & 5

Assessment  4: Clinical Skills Practical Exam  (HURDLE)

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 3, 4, & 5

Assessment  5: Chiropractic Principles, Practice and Philosophy Seminar Attendance and Evaluation

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLO 3, 4, & 5

Please note:

For practical exams 7 out of 10 practical skills or steps (or equivalent) must be passed at 50% or better.

The practical examination in this course is considered a clinical skills practical examination.  In a course containing a clinical skills practical examination, the following will apply:

Students who are unsuccessful in their first attempt at a clinical skills practical examination will be offered a second attempt during Week 3 of the prescribed examination period.

If the student passes the second attempt, they will be awarded a maximum score of 50 percent for the clinical skills practical examination component.

If the student does not pass the second attempt, a third attempt will be scheduled 5 working days after the second attempt. Students who are successful at the third attempt will be awarded a maximum grade of 50 percent for the course. Students who are not successful at the third attempt will be given a fail grade for the course.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: