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Diagnosis III (CHI337)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit builds on Diagnosis I and Diagnosis II with emphasis on orthopaedic and neurological evaluation of the spine and common spinal pathologies. Emphasis is therefore placed on developing the skills to perform an appropriate case history and comprehensive physical examination, and integrate clinical findings. To this end, small group/tutorial discussion and resolution of clinical presentations will emphasise orthopaedic and neurological evaluation of the patient and development of a working diagnosis. A radiology stream pertaining to musculoskeletal trauma will be incorporated.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the orderly and efficient evaluation of a patient's neurological and orthopaedic condition;
2. Discuss the various differential diagnoses available for several presenting symptoms of a patient;
3. Develop a working diagnosis given a particular presentation in a patient's history and examination including radiographic images;
4. Demonstrate the ability to make appropriate decisions based on incomplete information, including limitations in current scientific or clinical knowledge;
5. Demonstrates the ability to identify questions and learning needs arising from clinical interactions or simulated clinical experiences;
6. Discuss the neurophysiological, anatomical, pathological, or clinical concepts underlying the diseases and conditions presented in the unit;
7. Assess diagnostic images and identify abnormalities related to injuries to musculoskeletal soft tissue conditions and injuries of the spine and extremities
8. Discuss the basic underlying pathomechanics that results in the imaging presentation of the above noted injuries;
9. Integrate the epidemiology of the musculoskeletal conditions covered into a decision making process when developing a radiological differential diagnosis;
10. Demonstrate a practical understanding of the role of the various types of imaging in the assessment of musculoskeletal soft tissue conditions and injuries, as evidenced by appropriate selection of the various imaging modalities used in the work-up of the conditions covered;
11. Apply lines of measurement accurately and appropriately in the clinical, postural, and biomechanical evaluation of radiographs.
12. Utilize accepted guidelines to produce appropriate medicolegal quality radiology reports.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; Workshop: 3.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Lecture content of weekly topics is delivered face-to-face or online where necessary, with the opportunity to discuss components of the content and ask questions. Practical classes provide students with an environment to develop and practice their practical skills related to manipulative technique, further reinforcing prior knowledge. Additionally, the practical classes also aim to encourage active participation and engagement in the weekly topics.

Radiology lecture content of weekly topics is delivered face-to-face or online with the opportunity to discuss components of the content and ask questions. All lecture powerpoint presentations are made available to students in Moodle prior to lectures, should students choose to preview lectures to assist in their preparation for class time. These presentations are also made available throughout the teaching period to allow for later review or to access during practical sessions. Example theory and practical examination questions are made available on Moodle for assessment preparation. Lectures are supported by smaller group practical sessions which provide students with an environment to develop and practice their interpretive skills related to the weekly topics, further re-enforcing their understanding and knowledge of the topics presented in lectures. The practical session is designed to allow students opportunities to review a variety of cases in a self-directed format, with radiologists available to answer individual questions; additional self-directed study of adjunct videos presenting selected cases from the weekly practical sessions is encouraged. These videos are provided on LMS and cover findings, search patterns, differential diagnoses, and appropriate terminology to use when describing and diagnosing imaging cases. Report writing opportunities may be integrated into the practical sessions. Lectures, practical sessions, and self-directed activities encourage active participation, face-to-face contact and purposeful, engaging activities related to weekly topics, and assist in the development of communication skills, critical and creative thinking, social interaction, independent and lifelong learning, interdisciplinarity, and in-depth knowledge of a field of study.
Assessment Students will be examined on their understanding of the spinal orthopaedics and arthropathies content by a mid-semester theory assessment, a final theory assessment and a final practical assessment. The understanding of the radiology component of the unit will be assessed by formative report writing exercises, two practical assessments and a final theory assessment.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc + BClinChiro) and successful completion of Years 1 and 2, and CHI335 Diagnosis I and CHI354 Chiropractic Skills.
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Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc)+(BClinChiro) [New in 2015]
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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Ms Sasha Aspinall
Lecturer Clinical Chiropractic

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2114
e: Sasha.Aspinall@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.056 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Ms Sasha Aspinall
Lecturer Clinical Chiropractic

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2114
e: Sasha.Aspinall@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.056 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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