Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr George Lenon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6587

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.057

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

This course provides foundational knowledge for subsequent acupuncture and Chinese medicine courses. Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1 is crucial to your learning in Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2, Acupuncture Techniques and Clinical Chinese Medicine courses. You will develop your knowledge and skills in the basic theory of the meridian system and acupuncture points, including connections and Qi flow direction and symptoms and signs of the 8 out of 14 meridians. You will learn to accurately locate and trace meridians and points and understand the functions, indications, contraindications and the anatomical basis of 220 out of 405 acupoints for clinical practice.

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 diagnosis, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO 3: Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO 4: Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO 8: Understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

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

  • CLO 1: Trace the travelling routes and describe both the manifestations of fourteen meridians and the composition and function of the meridian system
  • CLO 2: Accurately locate the most commonly used acupuncture points, describe their function and indication and  demonstrate familiarity  with needling procedures
  • CLO 3: Apply your knowledge of the function and indication of acupuncture points to formulate an acupuncture prescription
  • CLO 4: Identify the risks and contraindications associated with acupuncture using your knowledge of the regional anatomy of acupuncture points
  • CLO 5: Demonstrate infection control guidelines when performing acupuncture
  • CLO 6: Analyse and apply risk minimisation and management strategies for adverse events when performing acupuncture.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Learning experiences that foster the development of the capabilities to be developed in this course will include problem-based learning, case-based learning experiences and simulated activities. You will be able to practise skills and receive feedback about your skills development. The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be extended in tutorials and in clinical placement.

This course will provide you an opportunity to develop acupuncture knowledge that is an important basis for Chinese medicine practice including meridian tracing, point location, communication with patients and infection control.

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

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 (Learning & 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 polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: In-semester assessments

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Practical examination (HURDLE)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Online tests

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3 & 4