Course Title: Dermatology and Chinese External Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Dermatology and Chinese External Medicine

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 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Lin Dong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7990

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.052-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

Dermatology and Chinese External Medicine is a one-semester course that will cover a number of dermatological diseases and external conditions. It will cover their aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and treatment principles.  The roles of Chinese herbal formulae, acupuncture, nutrition and Chinese diet therapy will be addressed. The practicum component comprises observation and treatment of patients under the supervision of a qualified and RMIT-approved Chinese medicine practitioner. Regulatory requirements for practitioners and professional ethics and practice management issues will be included. This course will continue to contribute to the development of an evidence-based approach to the practice of Chinese medicine. Practical experience in a work-based setting will facilitate your understanding of the broad context within which Chinese medicine is practised in Australia, including its role within the health-care sector and workplace issues.

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 partnership.
  • PLO 8: understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

1. Conduct a case history, taking into consideration cultural safety and diversity, integrating your knowledge of both Chinese medicine and western medicine to describe the aetiology; pathogenesis; and syndrome differentiation for a range of dermatological and external diseases and conditions.

2. Describe the components of key herbal formulae and acupuncture prescriptions and modifications for treating dermatological and external diseases and conditions and relate the construction of the formulae to the aetiology and pathogenesis of the disease.

3. Plan, design and implement individualised herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment plans and write a Chinese herbal prescription according to standard format, and dispense the herbal prescription according to legal and ethical requirements.

4. Compose appropriate patient instructions for herbal medicine and other acupuncture modalities, supported by culturally appropriate verbal instruction to the patient that includes the risks and benefits.

5. Demonstrate the procedures involved in dispensing of herbal prescriptions and pao zhi (processing of herbs); follow hygienic procedures when preparing and dispensing herbs; and communicate with patients regarding the preparation, administration, cautions and contraindications of herbal prescriptions.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities associated with this course include a mixture of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Learning experiences that will foster the development of the capabilities to be developed in this course will include problem-based learning and case-based learning experiences. Learning experiences will also provide you the opportunity to work in teams, practice skills and receive feedback. They will also be reiterated and reinforced through clinical observation and/or clinical practice. You will have the opportunity for progressive feedback during the semester on your progress that may take the form of short tests/quizzes and/or individual analysis of case studies. 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 selected material will be digitally available to students. 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.

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 polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Assessment 1: Clinical Practicum (HURDLE)
Weighting: 10%
This assessment task aligns with CLO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 2: In-semester assessments
Weighting: 50%
This assessment task aligns with CLO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 3: End of semester case study assessment
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task aligns with CLO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5