Course Title: Supervised Clinical Practice 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Supervised Clinical Practice 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr George Lenon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6587

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.051

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


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

Supervised Clinical Practice 4 is a one-semester course that involves consultation and treatment of clinical patients by students under the close supervision of a registered clinician. In this clinical context you will integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from earlier courses in your program. The clinic experience will develop your capability to formulate diagnoses, prescribe appropriate Chinese herbal medicine treatments, and perform herbal dispensing. Your clinical practice will be underpinned by an evidence-based approach. You will gain an insight into the rewards and challenges of independent practice in Chinese medicine and identify strategies for your on-going professional development.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from supervisors and/or community is integral to your experience.

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 Objectives for MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine):

  • PLO1:  Apply knowledge of Chinese medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of health disorders;
  • PLO2: Plan and perform treatments using Chinese herbal medicine for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner;
  • PLO3: Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of Chinese Herbal Medicine  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 on and improve upon your professional practice and building

On successful completion of this course you will be expected to:

  1. Respond effectively to a patient’s inquiries about the practice of Chinese Medicine
  2. Conduct a comprehensive health history assessment and physical examination related to a patient’s clinical condition and use appropriate diagnostic procedures to formulate an individual diagnosis and treatment plan.
  3. Evaluate the holistic treatment of the patient (assessment, diagnosis, treatment approaches, documentation and communication skills), provide advice regarding their health condition and lifestyle and identify the requirement for referral to another health practitioner as appropriate.
  4. Write and dispense a Chinese herbal medicine prescription which includes labelling, written and verbal instructions and information concerning adverse reactions and contraindications.
  5. Demonstrate competency in the hygienic management of Chinese Herbal medicines including herbal identification, appropriate processing of the substances and dispensing of a herbal prescription.
  6. Identify and apply strategies to improve your future professional practice, problem-solving skills and technical abilities.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context.The WIL component consists of practice in Chinese herbal medicine and herbal dispensing under the supervision of a qualified and RMIT approved Chinese medicine practitioner. You will also participate in seminars where you will discuss your current experience, research and issues in Chinese medicine with your peers.


Teacher Guided Hours: 234 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 0 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. All material to be chosen may 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 (Learning & 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 Task 1: Clinical Practicum  (HURDLE)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

You are required to meet a minimum of 95% of attendance and treat a minimum of 95% of allocated new and return clinical patients in your supervised clinical practicum. 

Assessment Task 2: Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Practical Clinical Exam (Clinical Competency test) (HURDLE)

Weighting: 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

You will be eligible to sit for the practical clinical examination once you have completed 80% of clinical hours, new patients and returning patients.   You may be given more than one opportunity to retake this assessment subject to conditions.