Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 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


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: A/Prof Zhen Zheng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7167

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.048

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

Clinical Chinese Medicine 1 provides a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. WIL activities for this course involve clinical placements consisting of observation and treatment of patients under supervision. This is a one-semester course that will cover a number of diseases of internal medicine and paediatrics. Preventive measures will also be included. For each of these key topics, you will consider aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and treatment. This course has a substantial practical component where you will be required to put into practice the learning from previous courses in the treatment of disorders of internal medicine and paediatrics. This practicum will consist of observation and treatment of patients under the supervision of a registered and RMIT approved Chinese medicine practitioner with a minimum of 5 years’ experience. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.
• National Police check
• Working with Children Check
• First Aid Certificate

There is no flexibility with these requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED. Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture):

  • PLO 1: Apply knowledge of Chinese medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of health disorders
  • PLO 2: Plan and perform treatments using Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture and moxibustion for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner
  • PLO 3: Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion and incorporate this information into your professional evidence-based practice
  • PLO 4: Communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals, regulatory bodies, and the general public
  • PLO 5: Operate and manage a responsible and sustainable health care practice in compliance with legal and ethical requirements
  • PLO 6: Reflect on and improve upon your professional practice and build problem-solving skills and abilities through lifelong learning

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

  1. Apply key Chinese Medicine theories and synthesise your knowledge of both western medicine and Chinese medicine to describe the following aspects of internal medicine and paediatrics: aetiology & pathogenesis; syndrome differentiation & treatment principles; key prescription and modifications; treatment plan including expected time course for treatment and timing of review.
  2. Conduct a case history which synthesises both Chinese and Western medicine knowledge with consideration of cultural diversity and safety.
  3. Describe the key components of key acupuncture formulae for treating specific diseases as well as the construction of appropriate formulae related to the aetiology and pathogenesis of those diseases and demonstrate knowledge of common modifications (and appropriate acupoints) for key acupuncture formulae.
  4. Prescribe an individualised acupuncture treatment plan, record acupuncture prescription according to a professionally acceptable format and perform the treatment safely and address possible adverse events appropriately.
  5. Communicate risks and benefits of acupuncture procedures, and to gain informed consent.
  6. Critically appraise the literature in efficacy and safety of 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. 

The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be extended in tutorials. Learning experiences that will foster the development of the capabilities to be developed in this course will include problem-based learning and case-based learning experiences. You will have the opportunity to practise skills and receive feedback on their development through clinical observation and/or clinical practice. Attendance at and participation in the Virtual Clinic activities.

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 policies and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Assignment 1
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (ACU)

Assessment Task 2: Practical exam
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5 (ACU)

Assessment Task 3: Assignment 2
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (ACU)

Assessment Task 4: Clinical Skill Logbook (HURDLE Requirement)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (ACU) 

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.