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CHIR8503 – Physical and Functional Assessment

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 & Lecturer
Curtis Rigney
Level 3, Room 367, 17 Wally’s Walk
By appointment
Unit Convenor & Lecturer
Matt Fernandez
Level 3, Room 369, 17 Wally’s Walk
By appointment
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
CHIR8501 or CHIR873
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit concerns itself with gathering clinically relevant information about a patient through interview, observation, and palpation. The students will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills for history taking, physical examination, and functional analysis. Clinical reasoning will be facilitated through integration and interpretation of the diagnostic findings. The students are exposed to paradigms related to active care, the biopsychosocial model, and the use of outcome measures. Skills in manual resistance techniques are also gained within this unit.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Conduct an efficient and meaningful patient history
  • ULO2: Define functional rehabilitation and explain the importance of active care
  • ULO3: Explain the rationale, perform and interpret the physical and functional examination procedures for each region and system of the body.
  • ULO4: Describe the underlying pathological and functional condition as related to each examination procedure
  • ULO5: Describe the biopsychosocial model and explain its impact on patient management
  • ULO6: Describe the proposed neurophysiology underpinning manual resistance technique; outline its indications and demonstrate competent execution of the procedures
  • ULO7: Illustrate clinical reasoning and differential diagnostic skills
  • ULO8: Explain the role of outcome measures in practice; describe their use and interpretation.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Delivery mode

Will be comprised of a combination of face-to-face lectures, pre-recorded lectures, self-directed learning, and hands-on tutorials:

  1. 1 two hour functional assessment lecture per week
  2. 1 one hour physical assessment lecture per week
  3. 2 two hour tutorials/practical’s per week; 1 tutorial for physical assessment, 1 tutorial for functional assessment
  4. 2-3 hours per week self-instructional learning

    Required and recommended resources

Required texts:

Liebenson. Rehabilitation of the Spine: A patient Centered Approach 3rd ed. LWW

Liebenson. Rehabilitation of the Spine: a practitioner’s manual 2nd ed. Raven Press

Kendall F, McCreary E, Provance P. Muscle testing and function, 5th ed. Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore

Bickley. Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 11th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Recommended text:

Morris. Low Back Pain: Integrated. McGraw-hill

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