Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
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


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Zhen Zheng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7167

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.048-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

Clinical Chinese Medicine 2 includes 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. The type of WIL activity involves clinical placements consisting of observation and treatment of patients under the supervision of a qualified and RMIT approved Chinese medicine practitioner.

This is a one-semester course that addresses diseases in the fields of gynaecology and traumatology. For each of these key topics, this course will cover aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis of disease, syndrome differentiation, treatment principles and treatment. There is a significant practical component where you will be required to apply your prior knowledge and skills in the treatment of disorders to gynaecology and traumatology conditions. This course involves an evidence-based approach to the practice of Chinese medicine. It will familiarise you with the broad context within which Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture are practised in Australia, their role within the health-care sector and the political context within which Chinese medicine operates. Regulatory requirements for practitioners, professional ethics and practice management issues are also considered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes forMC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) and  MC024  Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture):

  • PLO 1: Apply your knowledge of Chinese Medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of internal medicine 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 or Chinese Herbal Medicine and incorporate this information into your professional evidence based practice.

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

  1. Critically apply key Chinese Medicine theories and synthesise your knowledge of Chinese and western medicine related to gynaecology and trauma to consider: aetiology and pathogenesis; syndrome differentiation and treatment principles; key acupuncture prescription and modifications; and treatment plan including expected time course for treatment and timing of review
  2. Conduct a case history on a patient integrating Chinese and western medical knowledge.

MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine): 

  1. Identify and elaborate the principle components of key Chinese Herbal Formulae for treating specific diseases, explain the construction of the formulae related to aetiology of disease/s and critically analyse the literature regarding the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine.
  2. Analyse common modifications and appropriate herbs for key formulae, design an individualised Chinese Herbal Medicine prescription which takes into account reactions to the prescribed treatment, the significance of the adverse reactions  and  appropriate action.
  3. Formulate a Chinese Herbal prescription according to standard format, dispense the herbal medicine and provide accurate verbal and written patient instructions for preparation and consumption, including contraindications and side effects.
  4. Manage a Chinese herbal medicine dispensary including the storage, quality assurance and other operational processes.

MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture):

  1. Identify and elaborate the key components of key acupuncture formulae for treating specific diseases, how the construction of the formulae relate to aetiology and pathogenesis and common modifications of key acupuncture formulae.
  2. Prescribe  an individualised acupuncture treatment plan, write an acupuncture prescription according to a standard professional format and perform the treatment
  3. Write appropriate patient instructions for acupuncture which take into account possible adverse reactions, their significance and appropriate action to be taken.
  4. Critically analyse the literature in efficacy and safety of acupuncture.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of lectures, tutorials, exercises in reflective practice and practical sessions. The theory and practical skills learned in lectures will be extended and reinforced in tutorials, self-directed learning and through clinical observation and practice. Attendance and participation in Chinese medicine clinics is compulsory.  Assessment tasks such as clinical logbook records, online and written examinations will be used to determine your ability to diagnose and plan treatment details for common conditions in the relevant areas.

Teacher Guided Hours: 51 hours (including lectures, tutorials and practical sessions) and 78 clinical hours

Learner Directed Hours: 44 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, Discussion Board interaction and RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS). Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. 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).

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: Progressive assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (MC138), 1, 2, 5 & 6 (MC024)   

Assessment Task 2: In-Class Practical exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6  (MC138), 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (MC024)   

Assessment Task 3: Summative Assessment (reflection, short answer questions and case analysis)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (MC138), 1, 3, 4 & 5 (MC024)  

Assessment Task 4: Clinical Skill Logbook (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (MC138), 1, 2, 5 & 6 (MC024)

You will develop a clinical skill log to document and reflect on your clinical skill acquisition. This course includes 78 mandated clinical hours.