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CHIR874 – Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis 2

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Stephney Whillier
Ben Brown
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
CHIR873
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit builds on the neurology and orthopaedics taught in CHIR873. This unit is continuous with CHIR873, with the two units together covering the full spectrum of clinically relevant neurological and orthopaedic conditions for chiropractic students. Students continue to develop competency in the complete neurological and orthopaedic examination and, especially in this unit, develop their skills in tailoring the examination to the patient and developing a differential diagnosis based on the patient's signs and symptoms at clinical presentation. The knowledge and understanding constructed in this way also enables students to discuss and analyse pertinent case studies with the necessary depth required.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a highly developed competency in integrating and applying neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  2. Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination with highly developed competency
  3. Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  4. Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.
  5. Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  6. Show great competency in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired in texts and lectures is applied to a group situation. They should be able to reason, question, and communicate their understanding of the content to their fellow students and tutors as they complete tasks set in the practicals.

General Assessment Information

6. Assessment

Task

Assessment

 

Weighting

Due Date

Linked Learning Outcomes

Neurology OSCE I

15%

Week 5

1, 2, 3, 4,6

Orthopaedics OSCE I

10%

Week 6

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Orthopaedics Assignment

10%

Week 10

5

Orthopaedics OSCE II

10%

Week 12

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Neurology OSCE II

15%

Week 13

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

One Final theory exam

40% (20% Neurology, 20% Orthopaedics)

TBA

1, 3, 4

  1. OSCE’s: These will assess your competency in performing the neurological and orthopaedic examinations.
  2. Orthopaedics Assignment: Students are to work in groups of maximum five students to produce a systematic literature review of a specific intervention for a musculoskeletal (MSK) condition.
  3. Neurological Screening: Students are required to complete 5 full neurological screenings. Manuals will be marked for completeness. These completed screenings are required for accreditation.
  4. Final examination: This will cover the content of the two strands for the entire semester. It tests your knowledge of the theory, and the ability to connect that knowledge to real life situations (e.g. case studies, clinical presentations). It will consist of a 3 hour written exam with multiple choice questions, short answer questions and case studies. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST PASS EACH STRAND OF THIS UNIT IN ORDER TO PASS THE COURSE

 

 

Examinations

The University Examination period in for Semester 2 is from the 13 November – 3 December, 2017. You are expected to present yourself for examination at the time and place designated in the University examination timetable. The timetable will be available in draft form approximately eight weeks before the commencement of the examinations and in final form approximately four weeks before the commencement of the examinations: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/exam

 

The only exception to not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you may wish to consider applying for disruption to studies. Information about the disruption to studies process is available at

http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/exams/disruption_to_studies/

 

In particular, pay attention to the following information on the Disruption to Studies site:

The disruption to studies policy applies only to serious and unavoidable disruptions that arise after a study period has commenced.

 

Serious and unavoidable disruption: The University classifies a disruption as serious and unavoidable if it:

  • could not have reasonably been anticipated, avoided or guarded against by the student; and
  • was beyond the student's control; and
  • caused substantial disruption to the student's capacity for effective study and/or completion of required work; and
  • occurred during an event critical study period and was at least three (3) consecutive days duration, and/or
  • prevented completion of a final examination.

 

Students with a pre-existing disability/health condition or prolonged adverse circumstances may be eligible for ongoing assistance and support.  Such support is governed by other policies and may be sought and coordinated through Campus Wellbeing and Support Services.

 

If a supplementary examination is granted as a result of the disruption to studies process the examination will be scheduled after the conclusion of the official examination period. (Individual Faculties may wish to signal when the Faculty Supplementary exams are normally scheduled.)

 

It is important to realise that you must not put in a Disruption to Studies ahead of a final examination. If you are granted a supplementary exam via the Disruption to Studies process, you will have to write a supplementary exam in the supplementary exam period. In this scenario, only your supplementary exam mark will count towards your final exam mark, irrespective of whether or not you attended the final exam in the normal examination period. The submission of a Disruption to Studies form should not be used as a ‘just in case’ strategy.

You are advised that it is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. You are expected to ensure that you are available until the end of the teaching semester that is the final day of the official examination period.

Returning Assessment Tasks                                                                                                                         

  1. Neurology and Orthopaedics OSCE: The results of OSCE I will be returned to students, shortly after the exam, for feedback purposes. The results of the OSCE II for each strand will be released on iLearn.
  2. Written feedback on the systematic literature review assignment will be provided to students prior to the final exam.
  3. Examination: Papers will not be returned. Marks will be released on iLearn, and incorporated into the final unit grade.

 

Extensions and Penalties                                                                                                        

 

NOTE: Supplementary examinations may not follow the same format as the original examination. For example, a student who misses the final written exam due to illness may submit a disruption to studies form. If the convener chooses to grant a supplementary exam, the format of that exam could be different.  If you are unable to attend the supplementary exam, the subsequent supplementary, should you qualify for one, will be a VIVA.

 

Grades                                                                                                                                 

Achievement of grades will be based on the following criteria:

High Distinction:  provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes.  There is substantial originality and insight in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application.

Distinction:  provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience.

Credit:  provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes.  There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; plus communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline.

Pass:  provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes.  There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; and communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline.  The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes.

Fail: does not provide evidence of attainment of all learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; and incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the discipline. In addition, a fail grade will be awarded in the event of inadequate tutorial attendance by the candidate, reflecting failure to complete the unit satisfactorily.

Sometimes it helps to ‘translate’ these descriptions into numbers. So, what we expect from you in this unit, in order for you to attain a specific grade, is outlined below:

Grade

Percentile Range

Fail

<50%

Pass

50 – 64%

Credit

65 - 74%

Distinction

75 - 84%

High Distinction

85 - 100%

 

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Neurology OSCE I 15% Week 5
Orthopaedics OSCE I 10% Week 6
Neurology OSCE II 15% Week 13
Orthopaedics OSCE II 10% Week 12
Orthopaedics Assignment 10% 10
Final Theory Exam 40% Examination Period

Neurology OSCE I

Due: Week 5
Weighting: 15%

OSCE


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a highly developed competency in integrating and applying neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination with highly developed competency
  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Show great competency in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired in texts and lectures is applied to a group situation. They should be able to reason, question, and communicate their understanding of the content to their fellow students and tutors as they complete tasks set in the practicals.

Orthopaedics OSCE I

Due: Week 6
Weighting: 10%

OSCE


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a highly developed competency in integrating and applying neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination with highly developed competency
  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Show great competency in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired in texts and lectures is applied to a group situation. They should be able to reason, question, and communicate their understanding of the content to their fellow students and tutors as they complete tasks set in the practicals.

Neurology OSCE II

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 15%

OSCE


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a highly developed competency in integrating and applying neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination with highly developed competency
  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Show great competency in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired in texts and lectures is applied to a group situation. They should be able to reason, question, and communicate their understanding of the content to their fellow students and tutors as they complete tasks set in the practicals.

Orthopaedics OSCE II

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 10%

OSCE


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a highly developed competency in integrating and applying neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination with highly developed competency
  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Show great competency in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired in texts and lectures is applied to a group situation. They should be able to reason, question, and communicate their understanding of the content to their fellow students and tutors as they complete tasks set in the practicals.

Orthopaedics Assignment

Due: 10
Weighting: 10%

Group work on systematic literature review


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings

Final Theory Exam

Due: Examination Period
Weighting: 40%

Final examination: includes multiple choice, and short answer questions based on clinical case studies.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a highly developed competency in integrating and applying neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.

Delivery and Resources

Delivery and resources

Delivery mode

This unit is characterised by a moderate degree of flexibility. It incorporates a variety of learning tools and media. It will comprise:

 

Strand 1

Orthopaedics

Strand 2

Neurology

TOTAL

Lectures

Class times & locations

2 × 2 hour lectures per week, weeks 1 – 12

Monday 3pm - 5pm (W5A T1)

Wednesday 10am-12pm (E7B T2)

1 × 2 hour lectures per week, weeks 1 – 12

Tuesday 8-10am  (W5A T1)

6 hours per week (Weeks 1-12)

Tutorials Class times & locations

 

1 × 2 hour tutorial class per week, weeks 2 – 12

Thursday 9am-11am or 11am-1pm  (E5A 330)

1 × 2 hour tutorial class per week, weeks 2 – 13

Wednesday 2-4pm, 4-6pm, (choose one) in building E5A 320 North lab

4 hours per week, weeks 2-13

Other

1- 2 hours per week revision, self-directed learning

1 - 2 hours per week revision, self-instructional learning and readings from the text

4 hours per week

 

Further details on class time and locations for this unit can be found at:

https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2017/

 

Tutorials

You must attend the tutorial class in which you enrolled. Students must not exchange their class time. In special circumstances, you may request a specific change. These requests are to be submitted to the strand convener.

 

Attendance Requirements

If you miss your assigned tutorial in any week, you may request attendance at an alternative session, through email request and appropriate documentation to the unit convenor. This allowance may be used on a maximum of 2 occasions. If you have missed more than 2 tutorials without giving a reason to the unit convenor for the strand, you will be called in to discuss your progress.

 

Unit Web Page

You can log in to ilearn learning system using the link below:

http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

All lectures materials will be posted on ECHO Live Streaming on iLearn, which will be a single link that includes the lecture Powerpoint, additional material like videos, and the recorded lecture. Interactive materials e.g. lecture quizzes and polls will also be available at this site. Note that the lecture will be live streamed as well as recorded.

4. Required and recommended resources

Strand 1: Orthopaedics

All lecture notes will be posted on ilearn for CHIR 874.

Required Texts:

  1. Magee, D.J. (2014).  Orthopaedic Physical Assessment. 6th Edition. W.D Saunders, Philadelphia

 

Recommended Texts:

 

1)Souza, T.A. (2009) Differential Diagnosis for the Chiropractor, Aspen Publications.

 

2)Brukner, P., Khan, K. (2011) Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine. 4th Ed: McGraw-Hill Book Company Australia.

 

3)Evans, R.C. (2008) Illustrated Orthopaedic Physical Assessment: Mosby.

 

Strand 2: Neurology

Required:

1.   Blumenfeld H (2010) Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases. 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates Inc, Massachusetts. Distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, Victoria, Australia.

2.   HLTH874 - Neurology Tutorial Course Manual – available at Co-op bookshop. Macquarie University Printery.

 

Recommended:

  • Gates P (2010) Clinical Neurology A Primer. Churchhill Livingstone Elsevier, Sydney, Australia
  • Beirman R and Engel R (2009) An A-Z of Symptoms and Signs. Palgrave Macmillan, Sydney, NSW
  • McCance KL, Huether SE, Brashers VL & Rote NS (2010) Pathophysiology, The biologic basis for disease in adults and children Mosby, Elsevier, Canada
  • Bickley LS (2009) Bate’s Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. 10th ed. Wolters Kluwer/Lippencott Williams & Wilkins, PA (Chapters 5 and 17)
  • Kiernan, JA (2009) Barr’s The Human Nervous System An Anatomical Viewpoint. 9th ed. Wolters Kluwer/Lippencott Williams & Wilkins, PA
  • Haines, DE (2008) Neuroanatomy: An Atlas of Stuctures, Sections, and Systems. 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Nolte, J (2009) The Human Brain: An Introduction to its Functional Anatomy. 6th ed. Mosby/Elsevier, PA
  • Preston DC and Shapiro BE (2007) Neuroimaging in Neurology. An Interactive CD. Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier Inc.

 

Required Diagnostic Equipment (Neurological Diagnosis Kit):

1.A diagnostic set with otoscope and ophthalmoscope (Welsh Allen series 97200-BI recommended - ~$515)

2.A tailor’s measuring tape

3.A 128 and 512Hz tuning fork (Al weighted)

4.Neurotips

5.Large stem ear buds

6.Disposable tongue depressors

7.Tomahawk reflex hammer

8.Cotton wool

 

 

Unit Schedule

Unit Schedule

Strand 1: Neurology

NEUROLOGY TIMETABLE           

WEEK

NUMBER

Tuesday: LECTURE SCHEDULE

W5A T1

Wednesday: TUTORIAL

E5A room 320 North

W1 – Mon

July 31

1 August (SW)

  • Introduction to the course
  • Examination of peripheral nerves

NONE

W2 – Mon

7 August

8 August (SW)

  • Abnormal movement, Co-ordination and gait disturbances (SW)

9 August

  • Feedback assignment and OSCE
  • Neuroexam: peripheral nerve testing, and deep tendon reflexes, case studies

W3 – Mon

14 August

15 August (SW)

  • Headaches

16 August

  • Neuroexam: gait & co-ordination, case studies

W4 – Mon

21 August

22 August (SW)

  • Headaches continued

23 August

  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Neuroscreen introduction

W5 – Mon

28 August

29 August (AN)

  • Neurological Differential Diagnosis Part 1

30 August

  • OSCE I

 

W6 – Mon

4 September

5 September (AN)

  • Neurological Differential Diagnosis Part 2

6 September

  • Feedback on OSCE
  • case studies/neuroscreen

W7 – Mon

11 September

 12 September (AN)

  • ANS Disorders

 

13 September

  • Problem solving – adapting the examination to the specific needs of the patient: The comatose patient
  • Case studies/neuroscreen

 

18 Sep – 1 Oct

 

 

MID SEMESTER BREAK

W8 – Tuesday

2 October

3 October

  • The Paediatric Neuroexamination (SW)

 

4 October

  • The paediatric neurological examination
  • Case studies

W9 - Tuesday

9 October

10 October (AN)

  • Sensorimotor Control

11 October

  • Case studies/neuroscreen

W10– Mon

16 October

17 October (AN)

  • Fibromyalgia/other Central Pain Disorders

18 October

  • Case studies/ neuroscreen

W11 – Mon October 23

24 October (AN)

  • Fibromyalgia/other Central Pain Disorders

25 October

  • Case studies/ neuroscreen

W12 – Mon

30 October

31 October (AN)

  • Applying Neurology Through Clinical Cases

1 November

  • Revision of the neurological exam

W13 – Mon

6 November

7 November

  • None

8 November

  • OSCE II

 

Strand 2: Orthopaedics Timetable

 

Week

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Tutorial 1

Week 1

Introduction to Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis II and the classification of neck pain  (B.Brown)

Neck Pain due to Serious Pathology (B.Brown)

No Tutorial

Week 2

Grade III Neck Pain (B.Brown)

Grades I-II Neck Pain (B.Brown)

Orthopaedic Physical Examination of the Cervical Spine - Part I

Week 3

Whiplash and Associated Disorders

(B.Brown)

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

(B.Brown)

Orthopaedic Physical Examination of the Cervical Spine - Part II

Week 4

Orthopaedic Examination of the Paediatric Patient

(B.Brown)

Causes of TMJ pain and dysfunction

(A.Khalmir)

Orthopaedic Physical Examination of the Cervical Spine - Part III and Examination of the TMJ

Week 5

Conditions of the thoracic spine and rib cage

(B.Brown)

Scoliosis and Scheuermann’s Disease

(B.Brown)

Physical Examination and Orthopaedic Special Tests for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and the Thoracic Spine and Ribs

Week 6

Cervical & other neural causes of shoulder pain

(B.Brown)

Rotator cuff disorders of the shoulder

(B.Brown)

 

OSCE I

 

Week

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Tutorial 1

Week 7

Myofascial causes of shoulder pain & impingement

(M.Pribicevic)

Labral & instability disorders of the shoulder

(M.Pribicevic)

Orthopaedic Physical Examination of the Shoulder - Part I

Week 8

 

Public Holiday

Myofascial & neural causes of elbow pain

(B.Brown)

Orthopaedic Physical Examination of the Shoulder - Part II

Week 9

Joint and osteological causes of elbow pain

(B.Brown)

Myofascial & neural causes of wrist pain

(M.Pribicevic)

Orthopaedic Physical Examination of the Elbow - Part I

Week 10

Joint instability and osteological causes of wrist pain

(B.Brown)

Conditions of the wrist

(B.Brown)

Orthopaedic Physical Examination of the Wrist Part I

Week 11

Conditions of the fingers and thumb

(B.Brown)

Tissue Healing and Repair

(B.Brown)

Orthopaedic Physical Examination of the Wrist - Part II and the Hand and Fingers

Week 12

Review Lecture

(B.Brown)

No Lecture

 

OSCE II

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.
  • Show great competency in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired in texts and lectures is applied to a group situation. They should be able to reason, question, and communicate their understanding of the content to their fellow students and tutors as they complete tasks set in the practicals.

Assessment tasks

  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Final Theory Exam

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a highly developed competency in integrating and applying neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Perform the clinical neuromusculoskeletal history taking and examination with highly developed competency
  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings

Assessment tasks

  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics Assignment
  • Final Theory Exam

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a highly developed competency in integrating and applying neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Show great competency in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired in texts and lectures is applied to a group situation. They should be able to reason, question, and communicate their understanding of the content to their fellow students and tutors as they complete tasks set in the practicals.

Assessment tasks

  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics Assignment
  • Final Theory Exam

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings

Assessment tasks

  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics Assignment
  • Final Theory Exam

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate well developed clinical reasoning skills and the ability to diagnose conditions that are suitable for chiropractic care, and identify conditions that are contraindicated for chiropractic care including conditions of non-musculoskeletal origin.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings

Assessment tasks

  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics Assignment
  • Final Theory Exam

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Show a highly developed ability to draw on their theoretical knowledge in order to tailor the physical examination to the clinical presentation of the patient and from this develop a differential diagnosis.
  • Show a highly developed ability to acquire knowledge to evaluate conditions, research these cases further using appropriate reference material and communicate findings
  • Show great competency in practical sessions in which the knowledge acquired in texts and lectures is applied to a group situation. They should be able to reason, question, and communicate their understanding of the content to their fellow students and tutors as they complete tasks set in the practicals.

Assessment tasks

  • Neurology OSCE I
  • Orthopaedics OSCE I
  • Neurology OSCE II
  • Orthopaedics OSCE II
  • Final Theory Exam