Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 2

Credit Points: 24.00

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

Course Coordinator: Dr George Lenon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6587

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

  • COTH 2126 Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2
  • COTH 2168 Acupuncture Techniques and Clinical Preparation

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.
For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

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

Clinical Chinese Medicine 2 is a one-semester course that will holistically integrate the learning of previous courses in the clinical setting, in the areas of gynaecology and traumatology. For each of these key topics, this course will cover aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis of disease, syndrome differentiation, treatment principles, key Chinese herbal formulae, acupuncture, nutrition and Chinese diet therapy. This course has a substantial practical component where you will be required to put into practice your learning from previous courses in the treatment of disorders of gynaecology and traumatology. This practicum comprises observation and treatment of patients under the supervision of a qualified and RMIT-approved Chinese medicine practitioner. Regulatory requirements for practitioners and professional ethics and practice management issues will be included. This course will continue to contribute to the development of an evidence-based approach to the practice of Chinese medicine. It will familiarise you with the broad context within which Chinese medicine is practised in Australia, including its role within the health-care sector and with workplace issues, by giving you practical experience in the work setting.

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

Program Learning Objectives
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Objectives in the following way:

  • PLO1 provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO2 gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, 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 careC5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  • PLO6 work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  • PLO8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations

Course Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course you will be expected to:

  • synthesise Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine theory and apply this knowledge to diseases related to gynaecology and traumatology,
  • describe aetiology; pathogenesis; syndrome differentiation; treatment principles; key formulae and modifications; acupuncture prescription (including needling techniques) and modifications; treatment plan, including expected time course for treatment and timing of review
  • undertake a case history on a patient, applying Chinese medicine and western medicine knowledge
  • describe the components of key herbal formulae and acupuncture prescriptions for treating specific diseases, and the construction of the formulae relating to the aetiology and pathogenesis of the disease
  • describe common modifications (and appropriate herbs) of key Chinese medicinal formulae and acupuncture prescription
  • design and implement individualised herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment plans
  • describe possible adverse reactions, the significance of these and what appropriate action should be taken
  • write a Chinese herbal prescription according to standard format
  • provide appropriate patient instructions in written and verbal form for herbal medicine and other acupuncture modalities
  • dispense a prescription according to a written formula for both raw herbs and herbs in powder or granule form, including S1 herbs
  • demonstrate your understanding of concepts and principles of Chinese diet therapy and their application in clinical conditions
  • provide dietary advice to a patient for general health management and/or a specific condition.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. 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. Learning experiences will also provide you the opportunity to practise skills and receive feedback about your skills. The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be broadened by tutorials. It will also be reiterated and reinforced through clinical observation and/or clinical practice. You will have the opportunity for progressive feedback during the semester on your progress that may take the form of short tests and/or individual analysis of case studies. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities.

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 Lectopia, discussion board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) workshops.

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. Your formative assessment will require you to attend and participate at the Chinese Medicine clinic and keep a clinical log book associated with your learning. During the formative stage of this course you will also have your knowledge challenged using quizzes. Your summative assessment will cover all course objectives and will be in the form of 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 students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:

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.

f 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, at: