Course Title: Dermatology and Chinese External Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Dermatology and Chinese External Medicine

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COTH2181

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

COTH2181

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Suzi Mansu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7318

Course Coordinator Email: suzi.mansu@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.045


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

  • COTH2119 Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2
  • COTH2168 Acupuncture Techniques and Preparation for Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice

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: www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he 


Course Description

Dermatology and Chinese External Medicine is a one-semester course that will cover a number of dermatological diseases and external conditions. It will cover their aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and treatment principles.  The roles of Chinese herbal formulae, acupuncture, nutrition and Chinese diet therapy will be addressed. The practicum component 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. Practical experience in a work-based setting will facilitate your understanding of the broad context within which Chinese medicine is practised in Australia, including its role within the health-care sector and workplace issues.


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 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 care
  • 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 partnership.
  • PLO8: understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.


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

  1. Conduct a case history integrating your knowledge of both Chinese medicine and western medicine to describe the aetiology; pathogenesis; and syndrome differentiation for a range of dermatological and external diseases and conditions;
  2. Describe the components of key herbal formulae and acupuncture prescriptions and modifications for treating dermatological and external diseases and conditions and relate the construction of the formulae to the aetiology and pathogenesis of the disease
  3. Plan, design and implement individualised herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment plans and write a Chinese herbal prescription according to standard format, and dispense the herbal prescription according to legal and ethical requirements
  4. Compose appropriate patient instructions for herbal medicine and other acupuncture modalities, supported by appropriate verbal instruction to the patient which includes possible adverse reactions, the significance of these and appropriate action to be taken.
  5. Demonstrate the procedures involved in dispensing of herbal prescriptions and pao zhi (processing of herbs); observe hygienic procedures when preparing and dispensing herbs; and communicate with patients regarding the preparation, administration, cautions and contraindications of herbal prescriptions
  6. Provide evidence based advice for general health, preventative measures, principles of nutrition and Chinese diet therapy clinical conditions.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities associated with this course 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 work in teams, practise skills and receive feedback. They  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/quizzes and/or individual analysis of case studies. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 76 per semester

28 hours of clinical practice and 48 with lectures, tutorials, online activities and practical sessions

Learner Directed Hours: 48 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.


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 http://www.chinesemedicineboard.gov.au/ for all relevant polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Assessment 1: Clinical practice (HURDLE)

Weighting: 10% 

This assessment task aligns with CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment 2: Progressive assessments

Weighting: 40%

This assessment task aligns with CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment 3: End of semester closed book written and prac exams

Weighting: 50% 

This assessment task aligns with CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6