Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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


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 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
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

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

Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2 is a one-semester course that is foundational for the learning of Acupuncture Techniques; Clinical Preparation and Clinical Chinese Medicine courses. This course will enable you to develop the ability to formulate and modify an acupuncture prescription based on an understanding of the indications and contraindications of acupuncture points. You will also have the ability to prepare and perform acupuncture treatment procedures safely and effectively. This course enables you to learn a further 185 of the 405 acupoints including extra points. Knowledge and skills relating to infection control and safe practice of basic acupuncture needling techniques are also a focus. 

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):

  • PLO1: provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnosis, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment.
  • PLO3: practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO4: demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO8: understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations

On successful completion of this course you will be expected to:

  1. Accurately locate and needle 200 commonly used acupuncture points and  describe the function and indication of 100 acupuncture points to formulate an acupuncture prescription
  2. Apply your knowledge of the regional anatomy of 100 acupoints to analyse and identify the risks and contraindications associated with acupuncture
  3. Adhere to infection control regulations when performing acupuncture
  4. Analyse the clinical condition of a patient and apply preventative and management strategies for adverse events when performing acupuncture

Overview of Learning Activities

This course builds on and extends your learning from Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1. Lectures will take you through the point locations, functions and indications of the meridian points. Extra points will also be discussed during the lectures. You will be given more complex case studies to analyse and form Chinese medicine diagnoses and acupuncture treatment during the tutorial classes that will include group discussions. Class participation is encouraged. You will have opportunities to apply skills and knowledge to form a management plan including points’ prescriptions, frequency and course of treatment.

Teacher Guided Hours: 44 per semester including lectures, tutorials, online activities and practical sessions

Learner Directed Hours: 76 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. All material to be chosen 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. The Chinese medicine library subject guides is 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: Progressive assessments 

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Practical examinations (points and meridians) HURDLE

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: Written examination

Weighting 50%

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