Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 2 2023

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

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

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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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

This course contains hurdle requirements. 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 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-focused professional standards throughout the course of their program. Visit for all relevant polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

Attendance at practical classes is compulsory for several important reasons, including to prevent potential injury to participants during practical assessments. Therefore, if you don’t attend and participate effectively in at least 85% of your scheduled practical classes you won’t be entitled to a practical assessment opportunity at the end of semester, which is a hurdle requirement.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Knowledge check quizzes (4)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Case Based Assignment 
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Practical examination (HURDLE)
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLO 1 - 6

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.