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Primary Practice IV: Differential Diagnosis II (CHI444)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 2
Description This unit focuses on common clinical presentations related to the body systems and the clinical decision-making process (differential diagnosis) associated with the development of probable diagnoses. Principles of management will be addressed and the role of chiropractor emphasised, within the context of the broader healthcare system. The unit builds upon prior clinical units to provide the opportunity for students to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours for the safe and appropriate management of patients in clinical practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; practical laboratories: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is self-directed learning along with didactic lectures and problem-oriented case-based discussions. Home study by way of self-directed learning is strongly encouraged.
Assessment The objective of assessments it to provide the student with the opportunity to:
a. acquire the knowledge related to common clinical presentations of common disorders,
b. acquire the skills to perform the appropriate clinical examination of patients.
c. acquire the communication and decision-making skills needed for effective differential diagnosis relevant to chiropractic practice, and
d. link their acquired knowledge, skills and attributes to other units, such as laboratory diagnosis, radiology and patient management.

Assessment components include:
1. Formative mid-trimester theory assessment
2. Mid-trimester oral exam (case-based discussion): 20%
3. Final oral exam (case-based discussion): 40%
4. Final theory exam: 40%
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc/BChiro and successful completion of BSc (Chiropractic).
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources and space requirements. Preference will be given to students in the Bachelor of Chiropractic.
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
Dr Emad Motavallizadeh Ardakani
Lecturer in Systems and Musculo-Skeletal Diagnosis

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2617
e: E.Ardakani@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.057 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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