Course Title: Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine and Clinical Conference (Acupuncture)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine and Clinical Conference (Acupuncture)

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Dawn Wong Lit Wan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7454

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.061

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine and Clinical Conference (Acupuncture) is a one-semester course that will cover teachings from the Huang Di Nei Jing (Huangdi’s Internal Classic), 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). You will study the key sign and symptom complexes (syndromes), aetiology and pathogenesis of disease, location of disease, treatment principles and acupuncture and moxibustion application in the treatment of disease. The contribution of these historical works to the formation of Chinese acupuncture theory as a form of experiential evidence will be considered  in this course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • PLO1: Apply your knowledge of Chinese Medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of internal medicine disorders;
  • PLO2: Plan and perform treatment using acupuncture and moxibustion for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner;
  • PLO3: Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion and incorporate this information into your professional evidence based practice.

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

  1. Review the major contributions of these classic texts to modern Chinese Medicine theory and clinical practice and their application in a contemporary clinical context.
  2. Demonstrate the appropriate acupoints for a given case study using the Na Zi Fa of Zi Wu Liu Zhu (hour-prescription of points in midnight-midday ebb flow).
  3. Critically analyse and discuss research data related to the role and efficacy of traditional healing techniques and methods.
  4. Identify all the classical point selection methods based on acupuncture classic literature
  5. Perform classical acupuncture techniques such as Nine, Twelve, and Five needling methods, adapted from Ling Shu and Yang Jizhou’s Twelve needling techniques documented in Zhen Jiu Da Cheng

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through face-to-face introductory lectures covering key topic areas of Chinese medicine literary classics of acupuncture and moxibustion. Learning will be reinforced through tutorials and clinical case conferences. Key concepts and theoretical origins of Chinese medicine will be further explored through group discussions. The teaching will focus on building your clinical reasoning through case studies. You will examine key texts concerning point selection and clinical approaches. You are also expected to undertake independent learning in between workshops. 


Teacher Guided Hours: 28 per semester including lectures, tutorials, online activities and practical sessions

Learner Directed Hours: 72 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. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Assignments

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 2: Written exam (in class)

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 3: Practical exam

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 5