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CHIR6110 – Chiropractic A

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 Unit convenor
Roger Engel
Contact via 9850 6387
17 Wally's Walk (west) Room 354
By appointment
Unit convenor
Joyce El-Haddad
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17 Wally's Walk (west) Room 360
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Admission to MChiroprac
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces the student to the history and science of chiropractic. It includes basic psychomotor skills such as peripheral and spinal motion palpation, muscle assessment, soft tissue techniques as well as lower limb joint mobilisation and manipulation techniques. The unit covers a 'core' group of techniques and aims at proficiency of this core. It also includes an understanding of the basic laws of physics as they apply to the biomechanics of joint movement as well as an introduction to research methodology.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Perform peripheral adjustments and/or mobilisations with a basic level of psychomotor skills associated with these procedures i.e. tactile/palpatory skills and hand/body/eye co-ordination of practitioner movements.
  • ULO2: Control these procedures with regard to patient position, practitioner position, primary contact, secondary contact, lock-up/set-up, speed, amplitude and line of drive.
  • ULO3: Perform basic static and motion palpation on all peripheral joints in the body.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate an understanding of peripheral and spinal joint mechanics and apply this knowledge to normal and pathological joint function.
  • ULO5: Identify major anatomical features of the musculoskeletal system and demonstrate an in depth understanding through the application of this knowledge to clinical cases.
  • ULO6: Demonstrate an understanding through effective engagement in discussions around the history and development of chiropractic theories.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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  • Number and length of classes per week:
  • 2 x 2 hour lectures
  • 3 x 2 hour tutorials
  • 1 x 2 hour practical
  • The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2020/ 
  • Tutorial attendance/participation is required and will be factored into the final grade.


Required and Recommended texts and/or materials


  • Oatis CA. The Mechanics and Pathomechanics of Human Movement. 2nd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2009.


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