Course Title: Chinese Dietary and Exercise Therapy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese Dietary and Exercise Therapy

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 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Yang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7175

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.53 PO Box 71 Bundoora VIC 3083

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite

Chinese Medicine Theory 2
Chinese Materia Medica & Formulae 2

before you commence this course.

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:

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
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Course Description

Chinese Dietary & Exercise Therapy is a one-semester course that will cover Chinese dietary therapy, western nutrition, Qigong and Taijiquan exercise. The goal of this course is to complement other components in the Chinese medicine program particularly for the study of clinical courses such as Clinical Chinese Medicine 1-3.

The learning in this course will provide theory and practice of health promotion, ways to strengthen the constitution, prevention and treatment of diseases and promotion of recovery from diseases. The course includes employing various types of food and advice in relation to diet therapy for various conditions under the guidance of the theory of Chinese medicine.

This course will also provide various western nutritional requirements in the body. Nutritional needs of clinical conditions will be discussed. The role of diet and use of supplements in various conditions will be presented.

This course will provide students with opportunities for training of Qigong and Taijiquan exercise. They will develop students’ ability to provide advice to a patient with enhancement of general health management and prevention of diseases in a clinical setting.

This course will contribute to achievement of technical capabilities that will be essential in the clinical practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Graduate Capabilities
The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide. This course contributes to the development of the following capabilities:
C1 provide specialist health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
C2 gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
C5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals).
C8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the origin and development of Chinese diet therapy, Qigong and Taijiquan exercise in history;
  • Understand the cultural significance of Chinese diet therapy in history;
  • Demonstrate understanding of concepts, principles of Chinese diet therapy and their application in clinical conditions;
  • Illustrate knowledge of the properties, therapeutic effects and compatibilities of foods;
  • Demonstrate understanding of various categories of food such as water, grains, vegetables, fungi, fruits, meat, seafood and eggs, etc.;
  • Comprehend the role of commonly used Chinese diet therapeutic approaches and their clinical applications;
  • Describe the use of various western nutritional approaches to common clinical conditions;
  • Reflect on and describe the relationship of Chinese diet therapy and western nutrition;
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform accurate Qigong exercises and Taiji movements;
  • Provide dietary advice to a patient for general health management and/or a specific condition;
  • Reflect on and describe the concept of “prevention is better than cure”;
  • Reflect on and describe the importance of Qigong and Taijiquan exercises in keeping a healthy lifestyle;
  • Demonstrate an ability to search appropriate information sources on Chinese dietary and western nutrition;
  • Reflect on and describe how the Chinese medicine paradigm differs from the western medicine paradigm.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities in this course comprise a mixture of lectures and tutorials, viewing live cases from the teaching clinic via video conferencing facility, and self-directed learning. You are expected to undertake learning tasks which include group discussions, tutorials, and watching a video and case analysis to develop your critical analysis skills and deductive abilities for your future study and practice. The theory and practical skills learnt from lectures will be broadened by providing many case studies and self-directed learning with the support of online learning. This will also be reinforced through clinical observations. This course provides an opportunity to explore different diagnostic skills applied in clinical practice. You will be invited to observe clinical practice and to reflect your own learning. You will be required to diagnose patients through real cases or literature.

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 you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, 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.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Assessment tasks will be used to assess your ability to apply Chinese medicine theory in clinical diagnostic procedures. This may include, but is not restricted to, the following: participation in discussion formats, examinations, assignments and clinical practice laboratories. It may also include use of online technology in the form of a critically reflective online journal or blog. Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

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Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment policies and procedures manual, at:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc