Course Title: Chinese Medicine Theory 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese Medicine Theory 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COTH2106

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
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

COTH2140

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
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

COTH2140

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Lin Dong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7990

Course Coordinator Email: lin.dong@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.52


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.

 


Course Description

Chinese Medicine Theory 1 is a one-semester course that will cover the history of the development of Chinese medicine and the philosophies and fundamental principles that guide the practice of Chinese medicine. The course will provide a solid theoretical basis and foundation for future learning over the remainder of your Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture studies, but particularly for courses dealing with Chinese medicine diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, medicinal formulae, clinical Chinese medicine, classic literature and Chinese medicine and research. Topics include the theory of yin-yang; the theory of five elements; the theory of zang-fu organs; and the aetiology, pathology and principles of treatment in Chinese medicine. The basics of pin yin of the Chinese language will be taught to enable you to understand terminology in Chinese medicine.


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):

  • PLO2: gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;
  • PLO4: the ability to demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care                          
  • PLO8: an understanding of the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.


On completion of this course you will be expected to:

  1. Describe the development and achievements of specific scholars and schools of thought in Chinese Medicine and their influence on social economics, culture, science and health.
  2. Explain the philosophies and fundamental theories that underpin the practice of Chinese medicine including: Yin Yang theory, Five-element theory, Zang-fu theory, theory of Qi, blood and body fluids, meridian theory, aetiology and pathogenesis.
  3. Identify the physiological functions and inter-relationships of organs and other structures of the human body from the perspective of Chinese medicine and how these influence a Chinese medical diagnosis, taking into account the impact of the individual’s environment.
  4. Recall principles of aetiology and pathogenesis in order to apply fundamental theories of Chinese medicine to the analysis of case studies
  5. Discuss the impact of cultural factors in relation to language study and describe issues associated with communicating Chinese medicine terminology to a western audience
  6. Demonstrate the appropriate use of the Chinese pinyin systems. 


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures will introduce you to the origin, development, achievements and current stages of Chinese medicine including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, as well as providing a solid theoretical basis to help you to achieve professional practice.

Tutorials are used to explore your critical and clinical thinking by examining case studies in addition to discussing various key topics. The practical sessions will build the necessary skills of Chinese medicine theory and Chinese medicine terminology. You will be introduced to and expected to read academic literature relating to history and principles of Chinese medicine. A written assignment task requires you to learn the history and principles of Chinese medicine. You are expected to practise Chinese medicine terms by participating in role playing. 

 

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

Learner Directed Hours: 60 hours 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 material to be chosen will be digitally available to students. 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 http://rmit.libguides.com/chinese-medicine.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

 

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Progressive assessment (in class tests and early assessment)

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2,3,4,5 and 6.

Assessment Task 2:  History presentation

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 3.

Assessment Task 3: Written examination

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 2,3,4,5 and 6