Course Title: Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Yang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7175

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.018

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

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.

Course Description

Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine is one-semester course that will cover the teachings and theoretical contributions of major classical texts in Chinese Medicine including Huang Di Nei Jing (Huangdi’s Internal Classic), Jin Gui Yao Lue (Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber), Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases), Wen Bing Xue (Study of Warm Diseases), Nan Jing (Classic of Difficult Issues), Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing (A-B Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion) and Zhen Jiu Da Cheng (Complete Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion).

It will also cover the Six Meridian Theory and the Theory of Wei, Qi, Ying and Xue, key signs and symptom syndromes, aetiology and pathogenesis of disease, location of disease, treatment principles and the application of these theories in the treatment of diseases. Key medicinal formulae and classical point selections will be presented for various syndromes/conditions as well as modern applications of classic formulae. The contribution of these historical works to the formation of Chinese medicine theory and clinical practice and as a form of experiential evidence will be covered in the course.  

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):

  • PLO 1: Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the major contributions of these classic texts to modern Chinese Medicine theory and clinical practice.
  2. Explain the clinical applications of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture as described in the classic literature and how it is applied in a modern clinical context
  3. Apply selected clinical methods derived from classic texts to modern clinical contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Progressive assessments
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2:  Group project
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: End of semester assessments
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

If 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.