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Preclinical Practicum 1 (CHI485)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Students are prepared for their clinical roles by allowing them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective patient care. Students receive instruction on Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic's (MUCC) policies and procedures, and are exposed to ethical and legal issues relating to chiropractic practice. Student's undertake supervised clinical observations at MUCC and in an age care facility. Students develop an understanding of the electronic patient records management system at MUCC, review technique skills and the management of problematic cases.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the capacity to perform a structured clinical history and physical examination of an adult, pregnant, and paediatric patient in a simulated laboratory environment.
2. Develop a working diagnosis and prognosis for theoretical cases.
3. Understand and implement an appropriately structured management plan
4. Acquire a working knowledge of the clinical procedures and policies within Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic
5. Demonstrate the capacity to competently navigate through the electronic patient records management system (Visual Outcomes software) within Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of plain radiographic anatomy of the spine, extremities, chest and spinal variants and anomalies.
7. Understand cultural differences in patient management
Timetabled Learning Activities Theory and practical contact time: 3 hours session per week (lecture, workshop, and laboratory).
Unit Learning Experiences The unit mainly relies on theoretical basis teaching. This teaching will be intertwined with specific workshop to help the student improve his practical skills. Discussion and facilitation of group learning activities allows students to learn effectively within a team of health professionals.
Other Learning Experiences Clinical observations: 2 to 6 hours of clinical work per week varying throughout the semester. Clinical observational placement: One 2 - 3 hours session in the outpatient age-care facility.
Assessment In order to pass this unit the student is required to:
1. Clinic Entrance Examination (Practical 1) History Taking: 35%
2. Radiology assessment: Pass/Fail
3. Clinic Entrance Examination (Practical 2): Examination and Treatment Procedures - 45%
4. Theory examination on clinic Handbook (Theory I): 20%
5. Cultural Orientation; Plan for Health Professionals: Complete/Incomplete
6. Required clinic observations: Complete/Incomplete.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Chiropractic (BSc/BChiro), or Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc+BClinChiro_), and successful completion of Years 1 to 3, or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CHI4841 Pre-clinical Practicum may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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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Mrs Christine Losco
P/T Teaching

e: Christine.Losco@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mrs Christine Losco
P/T Teaching

e: Christine.Losco@murdoch.edu.au
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