Course Title: Chiropractic 4 Practical

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 4 Practical

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Jenny Hallam

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7246

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.048

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)



Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

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Course Description

This course will enable you to build on the theoretical principles leaned in Chiropractic 4 Theory. This course will support the development of management skills of common conditions of the spine and extremities. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for 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 appropriate skill levels in the areas of Soft Tissue Therapy (STT), Diversified technique and Extremity technique.
  2. Identify any relevant cautions to the therapeutic procedures covered in the course.
  3. Adapt technical procedures according to a range of variables, including stage, pain levels and patient's body type.
  4. Apply technical skills in a culturally and gender-sensitive manner.
  5. Integrate previously learned knowledge and skills.


Overview of Learning Activities

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

Lectures and practicals 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 the underlying physiological principles.

Self-directed learning will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and support the material covered in the practical sessions.

Learning activities are designed to engage you actively in the learning process, to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills. Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, tutorials, podcasts and Lectopia, Wikis, Blogs and discussion board. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities.


Teacher Guided Hours: 64 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 64 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings, power point files, technique manuals and videos. All material will be available to students in Canvas. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia lecture capture and discussion board interaction. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities.

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

A subject Library Guide is available at:

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).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester practical examination (Diversified Spinal Technique, Extremity Technique, Soft Tissue Technique)

Weighting 30% (12%, 12%, 6% respectively)

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

Assessment Task 2: Intra-semester online MCQ Test (Soft Tissue Technique and Diversified Spinal Technique)

Weighting 10%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3 & 5 

Assessment Task 3: End of semester practical examination (Diversified Spinal Technique) (HURDLE)

Weighting 24%

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

Assessment 4: End of semester practical examination (Extremity Technique) (HURDLE)

Weighting 24%

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

Assessment 5: End of semester practical examination (Soft Tissue Techniques) (HURDLE)

Weighting 12%

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