Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1

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


150H Health Sciences


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 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr George Lenon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6587

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.51

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

  • COTH2141 Chinese Medicine Theory 2
  • BIOL2274 Limb and Trunk Anatomy

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

Course Description

This course provides foundational knowledge for subsequent acupuncture and Chinese medicine courses. Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1 is crucial to your learning in Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2, Acupuncture Techniques and Clinical Chinese Medicine courses. You will develop your knowledge and skills in the basic theory of the meridian system and acupuncture points, including connections and Qi flow direction and symptoms and signs of the 8 out of 14 meridians. You will learn to accurately locate and trace meridians and points and understand the functions, indications, contraindications and the anatomical basis of 220 out of 405 acupoints for clinical practice.

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 diagnosis, 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 should be able to:

  • CLO1: Trace the travelling routes and describe both the manifestations of fourteen meridians and the composition and function of the meridian system
  • CLO2: Accurately locate the most commonly used acupuncture points, describe their function and indication and  demonstrate familiarity  with needling procedures
  • CLO3: Apply your knowledge of the function and indication of acupuncture points to formulate an acupuncture prescription
  • CLO4: Identify the risks and contraindications associated with acupuncture using your knowledge of the regional anatomy of acupuncture points
  • CLO5: Demonstrate infection control regulations when performing acupuncture
  • CLO6: Analyse the clinical condition of a patient and apply risk minimisation and management strategies for adverse events when performing acupuncture.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of face-to-face and/or lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Learning experiences that foster the development of the capabilities to be developed in this course will include problem-based learning, case-based learning experiences and simulated activities. You will be able to practise skills and receive feedback about your skills development. The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be extended in tutorials and in clinical observation and/or clinical practice. Short answer tests/quizzes and/or individual analysis of case studies will also assist your learning.

This course will provide you an opportunity to develop acupuncture knowledge that is an important basis for Chinese medicine practice including meridian tracing, point location, communication with patients and asepsis techniques.

Teacher Guided Hours: 60 per semester including 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

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program. Visit for all relevant polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Progressive assessments (includes early assessments, quizzes and clinical practice, throughout the semester)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2 and 5.

AssessmentTask 2: Practical examinations (points and meridians) (HURDLE)

Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Assessment Task 3: Written examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.