Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 3

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Suzi Mansu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7318

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the following prerequisites before you commence this course:

  • COTH 2119 Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2
  • COTH 2137 Acupuncture Techniques and Clinical Preparation

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. For further information go to:
Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

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

Clinical Chinese Medicine 3 is a one-semester course that will cover a number of diseases of paediatrics, external medicine, eye and ENT (ear, nose, throat), and clinical practicum, and holistically integrates learning from previous courses in those areas. For each of these key topics, the course will cover aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis of disease, syndrome differentiation, treatment principles and key formulae and acupuncture, nutrition and Chinese dietary therapy. In contrast with the traditional way of teaching, this course will focus on understanding diseases in terms of western medicine and Chinese medicine. This course will contribute to the development of an evidence-based approach to the practice of Chinese medicine. Regulatory requirements for practitioners and professional ethics and practice management issues will be re-iterated from previous courses. This course will develop your technical and analytical abilities, your communicative abilities, and your ability to access and analyse information about Chinese medicine by building on those skills developed in previous courses. The learning gained from this course will provide the foundation for future learning and practice in Chinese medicine.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit 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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • synthesise Chinese medicine theories and practices with that of western medicine and apply this knowledge to a range of diseases of paediatrics, external medicine, eye and ENT
  • describe the aetiology; pathogenesis; syndrome differentiation; treatment principles; key formulae and modifications,  acupuncture prescription (including needling techniques) and modifications;  treatment plan, including expected time course for treatment and timing of review
  • undertake a case history on a patient, applying  Chinese medicine and western medicine knowledge and describe the above
  • describe the components of key herbal formulae and acupuncture prescriptions for treating specific diseases, and how the construction of the formulae relate to the aetiology and pathogenesis of the disease
  • describe common modifications (and appropriate herbs) of key Chinese medicinal formulae and acupuncture prescription
  • design and implement individualised herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment plans
  • describe possible adverse reactions, the significance of these and what appropriate action should be taken
  • prepare a Chinese herbal prescription according to standard format
  • provide appropriate patient instructions in written and verbal formats  for herbal medicine and other acupuncture modalities
  • dispense a prescription according to a written formula for both raw herbs and herbs in powder or granule form, including S1 herbs
  • demonstrate your awareness of concepts, principles of nutrition and Chinese diet therapy and their application in clinical conditions
  • provide dietary advice to a patient for general health management and/or a specific condition.

Program Learning Objectives
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Objectives in the following way:

  • PLO1 provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO2 gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO3 practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO4 demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO5 communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO6 work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  • PLO8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to engage you actively in the learning process to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills. Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, tutorials, podcasts and Lectopia, wikis, blogs and discussion board.  Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities.

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. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, discussion board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) workshops. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes.
Your formative assessment will require you to attend and participate at the Chinese Medicine clinic and keep a clinical log book associated with your learning. You will also be required to test your knowledge of the following objectives using quizzes and tests. Your summative assessment will require your participation in discussion formats, examinations, assignments and clinical practice laboratories and will challenge all of your course objectives. It may also include use of online technology in the form of a critically reflective online journal or blog. Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.
For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:
Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.
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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: