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Chiropractic Skills and Principles III (CHI409)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 2
Description This unit integrates students' chiropractic technique, soft tissue treatments, and rehabilitation skills for various musculoskeletal conditions, and introduces various chiropractic technique alternatives in an evidence-based context. Students further develop foundations in manual skills and soft tissue treatments leading to better proficiency and competency, and develop understanding of patient and case management for typical disorders seen in practice. The theory component introduces students to major orthopaedic and neurological conditions affecting infants and children, and discusses management of conditions affecting the ageing population.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate proficiency at motion palpation of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and pelvis.
2. Demonstrate the proper application of various manipulative techniques (including various chiropractic technique alternatives) for the correction of joint dysfunction in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and pelvis.
3. Describe and demonstrate various management approaches for the infant, child, adolescent, and geriatric patient.
4. Understand and be able to apply the diagnosis of the different pathomechanical and pathological disease processes seen in, but not limited to, the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and pelvis.
5. Understand the various pathologies and conditions as they relate to the care of infants and children.
6. Understand the various pathologies and conditions as they relate to the care of elderly patients.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; practical laboratories; 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit consists of two major components, Theory and Practical.
The theory component of the unit will cover two major areas of study:
1. Common orthopaedic and neurologic conditions of infants and children.
2. Geriatric concepts of normal ageing, history taking, loss of balance, and dementia.

The practical component of the unit will cover two major areas of study:
1. Manipulation techniques of the spine and pelvis, as well as evidence based alternative approaches for adults, and children.
2. Palpation of all related soft tissues and application of appropriate soft tissue techniques.
Assessment Online Quiz 1 & 2
Two online quizzes throughout the trimester. One focuses on the gerontology content of CHI409 and the other on the paediatric content. This allows mid-trimester feedback.
Practical competency
Demonstrate competency in Flexion-distraction, biomechanical blocking; Mechanical diagnosis and management (McKenzie technique) of the lumbar or cervical spine; Mechanically Assisted Manipulation/Mobilization techniques. These are pass-fail competencies. Students achieve 10% when all three assessments are complete for each technique.
End of Trimester Theory Assessment
2 hours. May consist of a variety of question formats including Multiple Choice, True/False, Extended Matching Set, Short Answer, and Essay.
End of Trimester Practical Assessment
20 minutes. Each student will be required to successfully demonstrate 6 manipulative/mobilization techniques taught within CHI409 and CHI302.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc/BChiro and successful completion of Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic), CHI301 Processes in Human Disease, CHI302 Diagnosis and Chiropractic Skills, CHI303 Primary Practice I: Clinical Science and Diagnosis, CHI304 Clinical Orthopaedics and Neurology, and CHI309 Chiropractic Skills and Principles II.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Christopher Hodgetts
Lecturer in Clinical Chiropractic

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1231
e: C.Hodgetts@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.061 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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