Course Title: Supervised Clinical Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Supervised Clinical Practice 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
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 Angela Yang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7175

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.018

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


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.

Course Description

Supervised Clinical Practice 3 is a one-semester course that involves consultation and treatment of clinical patients by students under the close supervision of a registered, RMIT approved Chinese Medicine practitioner. In this clinical context you will integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from earlier courses in your program. The clinic experience will develop your capability to formulate diagnoses and deliver appropriate Chinese Medicine as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Your practice will be underpinned by an evidence-based approach. You will gain an insight into the rewards and challenges of independent practice as Chinese medicine practitioner and identify strategies for your on-going professional development.

This course 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 supervisors and/or community is integral to your experience. You will become familiar with the roles of Chinese Medicine in the broad context of the Australian health-care sector and develop your technical and analytical abilities, your communicative abilities and your ability to access and analyse information about Chinese Medicine.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Objectives for MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) and MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine):

  • 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 acupuncture and moxibustion (MC024) and Chinese herbal medicine (MC138) for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner;
  • PLO 3: Critically analyse the literature on the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion  (MC024),  Chinese herbal medicine (MC138) and  incorporating 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 building problem-solving skills’ and abilities through lifelong learning.

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

1. Conduct a comprehensive health history assessment and physical examination related to a patient’s clinical condition and use appropriate diagnostic procedures to formulate an individual diagnosis and treatment plan with consideration of cultural diversity and cultural safety;

2. Evaluate the holistic treatment of the patient (assessment, diagnosis, treatment approaches, documentation and communication skills). Advise clients regarding their health condition and lifestyle and identify the requirement for referral to another health practitioner as appropriate.

If you are enrolled in MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)

3. Explain and demonstrate the management of materials for acupuncture, moxibustion and related techniques in a competent manner with due attention to hygiene and infection procedures.

If you are enrolled in MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

4. Demonstrate competency in writing up a Chinese herbal medicine prescription in the professionally recognised standard format concerning adverse reactions and contraindications.

5. Dispense a Chinese herbal medicine prescription with capabilities in herbal identification, processing and dispensing of substances, labelling, written and verbal instructions, and hygienic management.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context. The WIL component will consist of practice in acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine under supervision of a qualified and RMIT approved Chinese medicine practitioner. Attendance at and participation in the Virtual Clinic activities is compulsory.

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Practicum (HURDLE)

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 2: Assignments

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: Practical Clinical Exam (HURDLE)

Weighting 50%

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