Course Title: Chiropractic 6 Practical

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 6 Practical

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Rick Ames

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7394

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.67

Course Coordinator Availability: request an appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the Chiropractic clinical environment. You will be expected to demonstrate a capacity to integrate Chiropractic theory and practice and be introduced to adjunctive therapeutic management in chiropractic practice such as physiological therapeutics, mechanically assisted techniques and rehabilitation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for  BP280 Bachelor Health Sciences/ Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic):

  1. PLO1: provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework;
  2. PLO2: gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;
  3. PLO3: practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  4. PLO4: demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;
  5. PLO5: communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  6. PLO6: work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships

  • At the completion of this course you will be expected to:

    1. Demonstrate a capacity to integrate Chiropractic theory and prior practical skills to support clinical practice.
    2. Identify appropriate adjunctive measures that can be used to support chiropractic clinical practice.
    3. Discuss the role of physiological therapeutics (BPT) and mechanically assisted techniques (MAT) to support chiropractic clinical practice.
    4. Outline the rehabilitation care trajectory for a patient in clinical practice.

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

Practicals will consolidate 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 is encouraged and will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and support the material covered in the practical sessions.

Theoretical and practical assessments are included as a demonstration of your knowledge associated with this course. These may include, but not be 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 and skills  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.


Total Study Hours: 120


One hour per week of face to face and/or on-line presentations.

Four hours per week of intensive, hands-on practical classes.

In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week in independent study.




Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the recommended readings. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to you. See and health sciences. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities.

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

A subject Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

☒ This Course does have Hurdles requirements.

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 (Learing & 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: Intra-semester practical examination
Weighting 8%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2,& 3

Assessment Task 2: End of Semester Rehabilitation Practical Examination
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment 3: End of Semester MAT (Mechanically Assisted Techniques) Practical Examination
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment 4: End of Semester BPT (Physiological Therapeutics) Practical Examination
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 5: End of Semester Written Examination
Weighting 32%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4