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CHIR8101 – Clinical Chiropractic 1

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Christopher Burrell
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MChiroprac and (CHIR3106 or CHIR316) or (CHIR6110 or CHIR602) and (CHIR6111 or CHIR603) and (CHIR6302 or CHIR604) and (CHIR6303 or CHIR605) and (CHIR6410 or CHIR606) and (CHIR6510 or CHIR608)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit provides a thorough coverage of chiropractic technique including spinal and peripheral joint manipulative procedures, as well as physical assessment procedures such as static and motion palpation. The unit covers one technique in detail; Diversified, as well as peripheral joint mobilisation and manipulation. By the completion of this unit students will be well grounded in a range of spinal manipulative techniques. Major themes relating to evidence-based practice (EBP) continue to be developed.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Perform spinal adjustments and/or mobilisations with the appropriate associated skills; i.e. Demonstrate advanced tactile/palpation skills and hand/body/eye co-ordination of movements approaching practitioner level.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate control of adjustment/mobilisation procedures with regard to patient body type, patient position, practitioner position, primary contact, secondary contact, lock-up/set-up, speed, amplitude and line of drive.
  • ULO3: Perform advanced static and motion palpation of spinal and peripheral joint systems.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate an understanding of normal spinal joint biomechanics and pathomechanics.
  • ULO5: Assess and treat a variety of basic musculo-skeletal complaints at the proficiency of "clinician".
  • ULO6: Apply research skills at the level of open inquiry within structured guidelines as part of a research skills development (RSD) progression.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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  • The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
  • Tutorials begin on Monday of Week 2. 
  • Tutorial attendance/participation is required and will be factored in to the final grade
  • There are 12 x 2 x 1hr lectures & 10 x 3 x 2hr tutorials 
  • As this is a technique unit it is vital to maintain student:tutor ratios. You must attend your allocated tutorial time.

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials


  • Esposito & Philipson, Manual of Spinal Technique (compilation) 
  • Oatis. Kinesiology “Kinesiology The Mechanics and Pathomechanics of Human Movement,” 2nd edition 2008, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (2nd and 3rd year Chiropractic Text)
  • Manual of Peripheral Technique, Department of Chiropractic, Macquarie University  - online adjustment compilation available via iLearn download


  • Bergmann & Peterson: Chiropractic technique, principles and procedures 3rd Ed. 2011, Mosby

  • Sackett & Straus, et al. Evidence-based Medicine: how to practice and teach Ebm. Churchill Livingson.
  • Specific resources available as links via iLearn each week

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/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/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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Student Support

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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