Course Title: Chiropractic 6 Theory

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 6 Theory

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 Dein Vindigni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7311

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.077

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

This course will enable you to begin to develop a detailed knowledge of the biological mechanisms underpinning chiropractic clinical practice. You will also be introduced to the principles and practice of radiographic safety and positioning. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 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;
  • PLO5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  • PLO6 work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships

On successful completion of this Course you should be able to: 

  1. Develop an understanding of the neurobiomechanical and physiological theory which underpins the practice of chiropractic.
  2. To acquire a basic physical understanding of the production of optimal radiographic images with maximum protection against the hazards of x-rays.
  3. To develop the skills required to produce diagnostic radiographs of the spine and extremities in accordance with Victorian Department of Human Services guidelines

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 are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss the practicals in relation to the underlying core principles.

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

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. 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.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes.

This course will challenge you r knowledge both formatively and summatively using a variety of theoretical and practical assessment modes. This may include, but is not restricted to, the following: participation in discussion formats, examinations, assignments and clinical practice laboratories. It may also include use of online technology in the form of a critically reflective online journal or blog. Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Your assessments will continue to develop your critical review of current literature and the use of evidence based practice in your professional practice. This course will continue to highlight the importance of a sound theoretical underpinning to clinical practice. 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.

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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