Course Title: Supervised Clinical Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Supervised Clinical Practice 1

Credit Points: 24.00


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 1 2011,
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: 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


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

Supervised Clinical Practice 1 is a one-semester course that involves independent consultation and treatment of clinical patients by students under the close supervision of a qualified, registered and RMIT-approved clinician. This course provides you the opportunity to apply all your knowledge and skills gained from your program so far. As such, it is a designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) 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. The WIL component will consist of independent practice in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese herbal dispensing.

You will further develop your knowledge and skills in evidence-based medicine, translate knowledge into clinical practice, critically appraise literature and interpret evidence for clinical conditions. It will familiarise you with the roles of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese herbal dispensing and engage inter-professionally in the broad context of the Australian health-care sector. This course will develop your technical and analytical abilities, your communicative abilities and your ability to assess and analyse information about Chinese medicine by building on those skills developed in previous courses. The knowledge and skills gained from this course will provide the foundation for lifelong learning and independent practice in Chinese medicine.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Manager or Equitable Learning Services (ELS) 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. If there are gaps in your skills that affect your ability to safely and competently practise you may be required to undertake remedial training and a period of clinical placement suspension until such time you are safe and competent may also be applied. If you do not meet required standards, WIL placement termination may also occur.

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 Objectives for BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine):

  • PLO 1: provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 2: gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO 3: practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO 4: demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO 5: communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO 6: work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  • PLO 8: understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

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

  1. Communicate effectively with patients to elicit reasons for seeking treatment, respond effectively to inquiries about Chinese medicine, determine when referral to other health professions is warranted and use reflective practice to evaluate your own diagnoses, treatment approaches and communication skills;
  2. Collect details of a patient medical case history (including undertaking physical examination) and record information and procedures in an appropriate format;
  3. Explain, justify and demonstrate safe and competent patient management using acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other modalities; formulate treatment plans for various clinical conditions; advise clients regarding their health condition and lifestyle; and apply and comply with legal and ethical responsibilities with consideration of cultural diversity and cultural safety as a Chinese medicine practitioner;
  4. Demonstrate competence in herbal identification, scrutinise herbal prescription and explain procedures for assisting in the management of a herbal dispensary (including storage, labelling, inventory control and contamination control), according to the legal and ethical responsibilities as a Chinese medicine practitioner and dispenser;
  5. Dispense herbal prescriptions and pao zhi (processing of herbs); follow hygienic procedures when preparing and dispensing herbs; and communicate to patients in the preparation, administration, cautions and contraindications of herbal prescriptions;
  6. Construct a clinical question, effectively appraise the literature, interpret the evidence and translate knowledge into practice, and provide evidence-based advice to patients

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.

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, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese herbal dispensing under supervision of a qualified and RMIT-approved Chinese medicine practitioner.

You will receive feedback during the semester on your progress that may take the form of ongoing clinical and dispensing assessments, reflective activities and interprofessional activities. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including real patient and simulated learning 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 polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical practicum (HURDLE)
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Progressive assessments
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Practical clinical examination (HURDLE)
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

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.