Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Yang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7175

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.53

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

If you are enrolled in MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

  • COTH2192 Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 1
  • COTH2186 Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2

If you are enrolled in MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)

  • COTH2190 Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2
  • COTH2110 Acupuncture Neurophysiology and Techniques

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: 

Course Description

Clinical Chinese Medicine 3 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. It is a one-semester course that will examine diseases in the areas of dermatology, external medicine, ear, nose  and the eye.  For each of the key topics, you will cover aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis of disease, syndrome differentiation and treatment. In contrast with traditional ways of teaching, this course will focus on understanding diseases in terms of the principles, perspectives and practice of both western medicine and Chinese medicine. It includes a significant clinical practicum.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) or MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture):

  • 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 on the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine and  incorporating 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 problem-solving skills and abilities through lifelong learning.

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

1. Synthesise key knowledge from Chinese medicine and Western medicine to describe

    • aetiology and pathogenesis;
    • syndrome differentiation and treatment principles;
    • key formulae and modifications;
    • treatment plans including expected time course for treatment and timing of review.

   for a range of dermatological, external medicine, ear, nose, throat and eye conditions.

2. Take a patient history which draws on a synthesis of knowledge from both Chinese medicine and Western medicine

If you are enrolled in MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

3. Identify and elaborate the principle components of key Chinese Herbal Formulae for treating specific diseases, explain the construction of the formulae related to aetiology of disease/s and describe common modifications of Chinese medicinal formulae;
4. Write and dispense a Chinese herbal medicine prescription for an individualised herbal medicine treatment plan and provide the  patient with  written and verbal instructions which include information about  adverse reactions and contraindications;
5. Discuss standard labelling methods, explain how to take or prepare the herbs and provide relevant materials to support your explanations;
6. Manage a Chinese herbal medicine dispensary including the storage, quality assurance and other operational processes.

If you are enrolled in MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)

3. Discuss the key components of key acupuncture formulae specific to individual disease processes and identify the construction of the formulae as it relates to the aetiology and pathogenesis of the disease;
4. Design an individualised acupuncture treatment plan which includes an analysis of common modifications (and appropriate acupoints) and provide appropriate and accessible patient instructions;
5. Format your acupuncture prescription according to professional standards and include information about possible adverse reactions, their significance and required action.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to engage you actively in the learning process to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills. Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and clinical practice. 

Teacher Guided Hours: 138 per semester (includes 78 clinical practice hours)

Learner Directed Hours: 36 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. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via online mediums. 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

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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 for all relevant policies and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Progressive assessments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3-6 (CHM) & 1-5 (A)

Assessment Task 2:  Written exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3-6 (CHM) & 3-5 (A)

Assessment Task 3:  Practical exam

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5 (CHM) & (A)

Assessment Task 4: Assignment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6(CHM) & 1-5 (A)

Assessment Task 5: Clinical Skill Logbook  (HURDLE)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6 (CHM) & 1-5 (A)

You will develop a clinical skill log to document and reflect on your clinical skill acquisition. This course includes 78 mandated clinical hours.