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Primary Practice III: Differential Diagnosis I (Musculoskeletal) (CHI443)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 2
Description This unit stresses clinical decision making. It builds on earlier diagnosis units, further developing students' diagnostic and patient management skills. Focusing on the differential diagnosis of the patient's presenting complaint; consideration is given to the differential diagnosis of symptoms suggesting dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system and how to manage the patient appropriately.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the end of this unit, students should be able to:
1. Using your prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to interpret historical and physical examination data.
2. Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis and problem list for each patient.
3. Review a differential diagnosis list after more information is provided and identify changes if needed.
4. Develop a problem-oriented, scientifically valid approach in organising information leading to a diagnosis and management plan.
5. Justify your working diagnosis and using information gained from the patient history, physical examination and special tests.
6. Justify your management plan using best evidence practice and the patient's needs.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; 6 hours self directed learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit consists of a 2 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial and online modules. The rationale behind this is that the unit is primarily about problem solving and this is best taught in small groups. The difference between a novice clinician and expert clinician is experience. By getting you to spend your contact time on working through cases, you will be provided with the necessary experience and you will be able to see and learn how an experienced clinician works through cases.

Most of the online modules contain information that you have covered in previous units with some additional clinical reasoning tips.

This unit will incorporate case-based and self directed learning via the textbooks, cases and readings.
Assessment Case-based Assessments - 50%. You will be given a patient history and asked to provide a list of differential diagnoses. You will then be provided with additional information and asked for a working diagnosis and management plan.
Final examination - 50%
The final examination will be a case based examination and will be similar to the workshop assessment.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc/BChiro and successful completion of BSc (Chiropractic).
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CHI413 Primary Practice IV: Differential Diagnosis II cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
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 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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