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CHIR6110 – Chiropractic A

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor
Christopher Agius
Unit convenor
Irina Dedova
Credit points Credit points
20
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MChiroprac
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
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.

Important Academic Dates

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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

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
End of semester written examination 35% No End of semester examination period
Anatomy Spot test 10% No Week 12
Biomechanics quizzes 10% No Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12
Mid-semester Anatomy Spot Test 5% No Week 7
Technique Spot Test 40% Yes Weeks 4, 8 & 13

End of semester written examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 9 hours
Due: End of semester examination period
Weighting: 35%

 

The end of semester written examination covers material from all parts of the lecture series including Technique, Biomechanics and Anatomy.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of peripheral and spinal joint mechanics and apply this knowledge to normal and pathological joint function.
  • Identify major anatomical features of the musculoskeletal system and demonstrate an in depth understanding through the application of this knowledge to clinical cases.
  • Demonstrate an understanding through effective engagement in discussions around the history and development of chiropractic theories.

Anatomy Spot test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 10%

 

In-lab test

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify major anatomical features of the musculoskeletal system and demonstrate an in depth understanding through the application of this knowledge to clinical cases.

Biomechanics quizzes

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

 

5 online biomechanics quizzes

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of peripheral and spinal joint mechanics and apply this knowledge to normal and pathological joint function.

Mid-semester Anatomy Spot Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 5%

 

In-lab mid-semester test

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify major anatomical features of the musculoskeletal system and demonstrate an in depth understanding through the application of this knowledge to clinical cases.

Technique Spot Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Weeks 4, 8 & 13
Weighting: 40%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

3 Technique practical tests

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • 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.
  • Control these procedures with regard to patient position, practitioner position, primary contact, secondary contact, lock-up/set-up, speed, amplitude and line of drive.
  • Perform basic static and motion palpation on all peripheral joints in the body.

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

CLASSES

  • 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.
  • Participation in practical anatomy classes is a hurdle requirement for this unit. It is a condition of passing the unit that students must actively participate in a minimum of 80% of the practical classes for the semester.

Required and Recommended texts and/or materials

TEXT

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

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

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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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Changes since First Published

Date Description
10/02/2021 Change of unit convener and adding of teaching staff