Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 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 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Yang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7167

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.53

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed or be undertaking  the following courses before you commence this course

If you are enrolled in MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

  • COTH2192: Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 1
  • COTH2186: Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2

If you are enrolled in MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)

  • COTH2190: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2
  • COTH2110: Acupuncture Neurophysiology and Techniques

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

Work Integrated Learning:
Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.
• National Police check
• Working with Children Check
• First Aid Certificate

There is no flexibility with these requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED. Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

Course Description

COTH2111 Clinical Chinese Medicine 1 provides a Work Integrated Learning experience in in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. WIL activities for this course involve clinical placements consisting of observation and treatment of patients under supervision. This is a one-semester course that will cover a number of diseases of internal medicine and paediatrics. Preventive measures will also be included. For each of these key topics, you will consider aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and treatment. This course has a substantial practical component where you will be required to put into practice the learning from previous courses in the treatment of disorders of internal medicine and paediatrics. This practicum will consist of observation and treatment of patients under the supervision of a registered and RMIT approved Chinese medicine practitioner with a minimum of 5 years’ experience. This practicum will be held in the RMIT Clinic. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC138  Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) and MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture):

  • PLO1: Apply your knowledge of Chinese Medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of internal medicine disorders
  • PLO2: Plan and perform treatment using acupuncture for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner
  • PLO3: Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and incorporate this information into your professional evidence based practice
  • PLO4: Communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals, regulatory bodies and the general public
  • PLO5:  Operate and manage a responsible and sustainable health care practice in compliance with legal and ethical requirements;
  • PLO6: Reflect and improve upon your professional practice and build problem solving skills and abilities through lifelong learning.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Apply key Chinese Medicine theories and synthesise your knowledge of both western medicine knowledge and Chinese medicine to describe the following aspects of internal medicine and paediatrics:

    • aetiology & pathogenesis;
    • syndrome differentiation & treatment principles;
    • key acupuncture prescription and modifications;
    • treatment plan including expected time course for treatment and timing of review.

2. Conduct a case history on a patient using integrated knowledge of both Chinese and western medicine.

If you are enrolled in MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

3. Describe the principle components of key Chinese Herbal Formulae for treating specific diseases as well as the construction of the formulae related to the aetiology and pathogenesis of those diseases and critically analyse the literature regarding efficacy and       safety of associated Chinese herbal medicines.

4. Analyse common modifications and appropriate herbs for key formulae and design an individualised Chinese Herbal Medicine treatment plan which includes possible adverse reactions to the prescribed treatment, the significance of the adverse reactions and appropriate action.

5. Formulate a Chinese herbal prescription according to the standard format and dispense the herbal medicine accurately, providing verbal and written patient instructions for its preparation and use, including contraindications and side effects.

6. Manage a Chinese herbal medicine dispensary including the storage, quality assurance and processes required in an operating dispensary

If you are enrolled in MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)

3. Describe the key components of key acupuncture formulae for treating specific diseases as well as the construction of appropriate formulae related to the aetiology and pathogenesis of those diseases anddemonstrate knowledge of common modifications (and appropriate acupoints) for key acupuncture formulae.

4. Prescribe an individualised acupuncture treatment plan, write an acupuncture prescription according to a professionally acceptable format and perform the relevant treatment.

5. Write appropriate patient instructions for acupuncture which includes possible adverse reactions, their significance and appropriate action to be taken.

6. Critically appraise the literature in efficacy and safety of acupuncture.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities associated with this course include a mixture of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be extended in tutorials. Learning experiences that will foster the development of the capabilities to be developed in this course will include problem-based learning and case-based learning experiences. You will have the opportunity to practise skills and receive feedback on their development through clinical observation and/or clinical practice. Attendance at and participation in the Chinese Medicine Clinics is compulsory. Your assessment will include progressive activities such as keeping a log book record of your patient treatments during your attendance at the Clinic.Practical examinations will be also used to determine your ability to diagnose and plan treatment details for common conditions in the relevant areas. Feedback will be given in written and / or verbal format and to individuals and to the whole class. 

Teacher Guided Hours: 138 per semester (78 clinical hours and 60 hours over the semester comprising lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions).

Learner Directed Hours: 36 per semester

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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, lecture notes and library resources. All key material to be chosen will be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via face to face, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. 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 policies and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

 Assessment Task 1:  Progressive assessments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3-6 (CHM) & 1, 3-5 (A)

Assessment Task 2:  Written exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3-6 (CHM) & 3-5 (A)

Assessment Task 3:  Practical exam

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5 (CHM) & (A)

Assessment Task 4: Assignment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5(CHM) & 1-6 (A)

Assessment Task 5: Clinical Skill Logbook  (HURDLE)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6 (CHM) & 1-5 (A)

You will develop a clinical skill log to document and reflect on your clinical skill acquisition. This course includes 78 mandated clinical hours.