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Clinical Practicum (CHI584)

School School of Health Professions
Credit Points 12
Availability MURDOCH: Y5-placement
Description The core of students' clinical training. Students engage in supervised, active patient care in the University's outpatient clinic. Participation in clinical rounds where special interest topics and cases will be discussed; these are designed to enhance critical thinking skills and facilitate the application of the concepts of best practice, while providing teaching opportunities. Students complete additional rotations in radiology and front desk management. In the latter part of the year students serve as mentors for fourth year students.
Timetabled Learning Activities Clinic duties/clinical rounds/rotations: 20 hours per week; lectures: 1 hour; workshops: 1 hour; practicals: 1 hour.
Unit Learning Experiences Due to the significant time commitment associated with the clinical placement the unit has been designed so that most of the learning occurs in an interactive online environment. The materials required for this interactive learning will be made available via the University's online learning management system. Students are also required to attend one 1-hour workshop/tutorial per week.

The Unit Co-ordinator provides supervising clinicians with teaching activities each week which may involve skill acquisition and/or theoretical clinical topics. These teaching activities will occur during the student's clinical placement.
Assessment In order to pass this unit the student is required to complete clinical competencies which are in accordance with our accreditation requirements. Clinical competencies are completed in the clinics and performance is monitored by the clinic director, clinical supervisors and the unit coordinator on a regular basis (weighted 10% of final grade). Other assessment tasks include a theory exit exam and exit practical exam which aim to ensure the student has achieved the clinical skills and knowledge required of a highly competent entry level chiropractor. Each of these assessment will be weighted towards 30% of the overall score. The unit co-ordinator will provide verbal feedback on student performance in these assessments.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc/BChiro and successful completion of years 1 to 4 and the Clinic Entrance Assessment.
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.


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