Course Title: Traumatology in Chinese Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Traumatology in Chinese Medicine

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COTH2182

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

COTH2182

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr George Lenon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6587

Course Coordinator Email: george.lenon@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.57


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites

None

Assumed Knowledge

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 

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

Traumatology in Chinese medicine is a one-semester course that will holistically integrate your learning about musculoskeletal conditions from previous courses in the clinical setting. It will cover the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and treatment principles for various musculoskeletal traumatology conditions. This course has a substantial practical component which includes interpreting modern imaging reports and images such as CT, ultrasound and radiographs. The 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 industry and/or community is integral to your experience.The WIL 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 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. You will develop your technical and analytical abilities, your communicative abilities, and your ability to access and interrogate the evidence base about Chinese medicine in order to inform your future practice. 

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 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 partnerships
  • 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 from  both Chinese medicine and western medicine (including orthopaedic and neurological testing)  to describe the aetiology; pathogenesis; and syndrome differentiation for a range of musculoskeletal traumatology conditions
  2. Describe the components of key herbal formulae and acupuncture prescriptions and modifications for treating musculoskeletal traumatology conditions and relate the construction of the formulae to aetiology and pathogenesis
  3. Plan, design and implement individualised herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment plans, 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; determine when referral to other health professions is warranted.


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. The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be broadened by tutorials. 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: 44 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. Chinese medicine library subject guides are available via http://rmit.libguides.com/chinese-medicine


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 Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Progressive assessments

Weighting 40%

This assessment aligns with CLOs 1-6.

Assessment Task 2: Clinical practice (HURDLE)

Weighting 10% 

This assessment task aligns with CLOs 1-6.

Assessment Task 3: Written examination

Weighting 50% 

This assessment aligns with CLOs 1-6.