Course Title: Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
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 Jing Cui

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7759

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.52

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the following prerequisites before you commence this course:

  • COTH2118 - Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 1

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2 is a one-semester course that will cover the remainder of the herbs that were not covered in Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 1. Key formulae (prescriptions of combinations of herbs) used in Chinese medicine will be undertaken. This course will follow on from and build on the learning of Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 1. Participation in this course will enable you to become familiar with actions of individual herbs, meridians entered, dosage range, processing, contraindications and/or cautions. You will also study medicinal formulae which will introduce you to the theory of developing formulae, and key formulae including ingredients, modifications, actions, indications, contraindications and/or cautions. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Objectives for BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine):

  • PLO1: provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses , assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO3: practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO4: demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO8: understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

On completion of this course you will be expected to:

  1. Identify actions, indications, contraindications, dosage range, processing, any known toxicity, and any known potentially toxic interactions with other herbs or western medication
  2. Describe the regulations governing the practice of herbal medicine and demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the relevant Chinese Medical Board of Australia Guidelines, with particular emphasis on elements relating to the prescribing of herbs – in particular, S1 herbs
  3. Explain how herbal formulae are built;  list the component herbs; describe clinical indications, contraindications and cautions; and discuss common modifications for a number of key Chinese medicinal formulae
  4. Write a Chinese herbal prescription according to standard format
  5. Compose and provide appropriate patient instructions for herbal medicine.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Learning activities that will foster the development of the capabilities to be developed in this course will include problem-based learning and case-based learning experiences. Learning experiences will also provide you with the opportunity to practice skills, such as writing out a Chinese herbal prescription according to standard format and each individual patient’s condition and receive feedback about your skills. Practical sessions including role-play situations will be provided so that students will have hands-on experience in identification of herbs, writing prescriptions, describing common modifications (and appropriate herbs) of key Chinese formulae, recognising possible adverse reactions and the significance of these and describing appropriate action.

Teacher Guided Hours: 60 per semester with lectures, tutorials, online activities and practical sessions

Learner Directed Hours: 60 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. All selected material will be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via online media. 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: Progressive and capability tests (herbal dispensing)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5.

Assessment Task 2: Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5.

Assessment Task 3: Written exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5.