MC138 - Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

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Plan: MC138 - Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Your learning experiences will contain a combination of study modes, including lectures, tutorials, practical classes and clinical sessions, using face-to-face, on-line and other flexible delivery mechanisms.

Assessment is designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate your capabilities. You will find that the forms of assessment used may be different for each course, as the assessment you receive must be appropriate to the objectives of each course. 

Assessment in this Program may include:

  • Examinations: an individual form of assessment where you are asked to demonstrate your ability to explain principles and to solve problems such as case studies;
  • Practical assessments: an individual form of assessment where you are asked to demonstrate your ability to recall or apply practical knowledge;
  • Assignments and projects: these may be done individually or in groups. This method may also enable you to demonstrate your ability to work alone or as a member of a team;
  • Oral presentations: a form of in-class test, which may be done individually or as a team;
    Online quizzes: a set of short questions to help you reflect on the work learned in each topic;
  • Reflective blogs: where you pause to consider what you have learnt, along with reflecting on the development associated with that learning.
  • Clinical Log Books: you will also be required to keep a clinical log book of clinical skills undertaken during clinical practicum to support and evidence your clinical learning activities.

Most of the assessment tasks you receive (the exception is written exams) will enable your lecturer to provide you with feedback on your work. This will enable you to improve your performance in the future.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage 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.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he.

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and
  • these interactions and the work context provide a distinctive source of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.

This program requires you to complete clinical training (work integrated learning) components that are critical to your future practice in Chinese medicine. Throughout your study, you will complete a number of clinical case studies provided in lectures and assessments, commmencing during your clinical observation stage and with more emphasis during the clinical practicum phase. This integrated process of learning is designed to develop your ability to apply theoretical knowledge to effective clinical practice. Courses concerning evidence-based health research methods provide tools for you to utilise results gleaned from research to inform your clinical practice.

From Year 2 onwards, you will undertake observation in COTH2111 Clinical Chinese Medicine 1, COTH2113 Clinical Chinese Medicine 2 and COTH2191 Clinical Chinese Medicine 3. In your final year you will also consult real patients in COTH2135 Supervised Clinical Practice 4 at the on-campus clinic or externally with an approved external supervisor (totaling 468 hours practice). You will be expected to apply the knowledge and skills of Chinese Herbal Medicine  you have learned whilst observing and treating patients under the close supervision of qualified practitioners.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Chinese Medicine Theory 112COTH2187Bundoora Campus
Pharmacology and Toxicology12ONPS2103Bundoora Campus
Chinese Medicine Theory 212COTH2189Bundoora Campus
Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 112COTH2192Bundoora Campus
 
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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 212COTH2186Bundoora Campus
Professional Issues and Australian Health Care System12COTH2185Bundoora Campus
Clinical Chinese Medicine 112COTH2111Bundoora Campus
Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine and Clinical Conference (Chinese Herbal Medicine)12COTH2094Bundoora Campus
 
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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Clinical Chinese Medicine 212COTH2113Bundoora Campus
Clinical Chinese Medicine 312COTH2191Bundoora Campus
Supervised Clinical Practice 312COTH2115Bundoora Campus
Research Project12COTH2131Bundoora Campus
 

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Program transition plan

Effective from 2018, the program plan MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese herbal medicine) will be changed.  The existing program plan will be formally discontinued at the end of December 2017 and the new program plan will come into effect from January 2018. 

If you are currently enrolled in first, second, or third year of the program, you will retain credit for all courses completed but will need to follow transition mappings as detailed below.

The changed course offerings in the new program structure for enrolled students are set out below.  You will be provided with an individual transition plan. You are strongly advised to contact the Program Coordinator to discuss any queries you have about your individual plan.

The transition map for the new program structure is shown below:

Year or SemesterCourse in old program offeringCredit pointsCourse in new program offeringCredit points
Year 1 semester 1COTH2185 Professional issues12ONPS2103 Pharm and Toxicology12
Year 2 semester 1ONPS2103 Pharm and Toxicology12COTH2185 Professional issues12
Year 3 semester 2COTH2135 Supervised clinical practice 412COTH2115 Supervised clinical practice 312

 

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