Course Title: Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine and Clinical Conference (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine and Clinical Conference (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Yang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7175

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.053

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COTH2186  Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine and Clinical Conference (Chinese Herbal Medicine) will provide you with an appreciation of the clinical foundations from which modern Chinese medicine is formed and will include modern applications of classic formulae. It is a one-semester course that will cover teachings from the Huang Di Nei Jing (Huangdi’s Internal Classic), Jin Gui Yao Lue (Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber), Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases) and Wen Bing Xue (Study of Warm Diseases). You will cover the key signs and symptoms complexes; aetiology and pathogenesis of disease; location of disease; and treatment principles and their application in the treatment of disease. Key medicinal formulae will be presented for various syndromes. The contribution of these historical works to the formation of Chinese medicine theory and as a form of experiential evidence will be addressed. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine):

  • PLO1: Apply knowledge of Chinese Medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of internal medicine disorders;
  • PLO2: Plan and perform treatments using Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture and moxibustion for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner;
  • PLO3: Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion or Chinese Herbal Medicine and incorporate this information into your professional evidence based practice.

 On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO1: Describe the major contributions of these classic texts to modern Chinese Medicine theory and clinical practice;
  • CLO2: Identify the clinical applications of Chinese herbal medicine as described in the classic literature and their application to a modern clinical context;
  • CLO3: Apply selected clinical methods derived from classic texts to modern clinical contexts;
  • CLO4: Participate in informed clinical discussion related to the contemporary application of traditional treatment methodologies;
  • CLO5: Critically analyse and discuss research data related to the role and efficacy of traditional healing techniques and methods.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through face-to-face introductory lectures covering key topic areas of Chinese medicine classics on herbal medicine. Learning will be reinforced through tutorials and conferences of clinical cases. Key concepts and theoretical origins of Chinese medicine will be further explored through group discussions. The teaching will focus on building your clinical thinking through case studies. You are also expected to conduct independent learning in between workshops.

Teacher Guided Hours:  20 - 30 per semester (with lectures, tutorials, online activities and practical sessions)

Learner Directed Hours:  80 - 90 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via online mediums. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Chinese medicine library subject guides are available via

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1:  Written exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2:  Online assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Feedback will be given in written and / or verbal format to both individuals and the whole class.