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CHIR6510 – Diagnostic Sciences

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor
Christopher Burrell
Contact via email
17 Wally's Walk, Room 357
By appointment
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
CHIR6302 or CHIR604
Corequisites Corequisites
CHIR6303 or CHIR605
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit, students are introduced to the concept of clinical problem solving and differential diagnosis. It aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to assess the health status of a patient. Using this information, possible problems that may exist for that patient can then be outlined. This unit focuses on diagnosis from a 'symptom' and 'sign' based approach, where students will analyse the information given, and hence formulate a differential diagnosis.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Describe the principles and purpose of the diagnostic process.
  • ULO2: Explain the relationship between the clinical presentation of a patient, the underlying disease processes, and the diagnostic process.
  • ULO3: Formulate differential diagnoses, based on history and examination findings.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-professional nature of health care, the need for various investigations in the diagnosis of pathological conditions and the role of referral.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online quizzes 20% No Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12
Mid-session exam 30% No During lecture time in Week 8
Final written exam 50% No University Examination Period

Online quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12
Weighting: 20%

 

5 online multiple-choice quizzes spread throughout the session. Each quiz is worth 4%.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the principles and purpose of the diagnostic process.
  • Explain the relationship between the clinical presentation of a patient, the underlying disease processes, and the diagnostic process.
  • Formulate differential diagnoses, based on history and examination findings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-professional nature of health care, the need for various investigations in the diagnosis of pathological conditions and the role of referral.

Mid-session exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: During lecture time in Week 8
Weighting: 30%

 

The mid-session exam will consist of short-answer questions and will cover material up to the mid-session break.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the principles and purpose of the diagnostic process.
  • Explain the relationship between the clinical presentation of a patient, the underlying disease processes, and the diagnostic process.
  • Formulate differential diagnoses, based on history and examination findings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-professional nature of health care, the need for various investigations in the diagnosis of pathological conditions and the role of referral.

Final written exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: University Examination Period
Weighting: 50%

 

This will cover the content of the entire semester. Questions will include Multiple choice questions and Short answer questions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the principles and purpose of the diagnostic process.
  • Explain the relationship between the clinical presentation of a patient, the underlying disease processes, and the diagnostic process.
  • Formulate differential diagnoses, based on history and examination findings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-professional nature of health care, the need for various investigations in the diagnosis of pathological conditions and the role of referral.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit involves some essential on-campus learning activities which will be delivered in accordance with a COVID Safe plan. You will be expected to attend relevant on-campus activities unless the Public Health Order and/or University advice changes.

 

Delivery and Resources

1. A 2-hour lecture (See ilearn page for more details)

2. A 2-hour tutorial (See ilearn page for more details)

3. 4-5 hours per week self-instructional learning, set readings from the text and exercises on lecture topics

Required Texts and/or Materials 

1. Unit workbook for CHIR6510 - available on iLearn unit page in PDF format. 

Recommended:

Souza T.  Differential Diagnosis and Management for the Chiropractor 4TH ed Jones and Bartlett

Beirman R & Engel R. An A-Z of Symptoms and Signs Palgrave Macmillan 2009 (out of print)

Required Technology Access

Unit web page: CHIR6510 iLearn site - https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/ 

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/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
12/07/2021 added covid info in delivery section