Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


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

Course Coordinator: Dr George Lenon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6587

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.057

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides foundational knowledge for subsequent Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses. COTH2188 Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1 is a prerequisite for COTH2190 Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2, COTH2110 Acupuncture Neurophysiology and Techniques, and Clinical Chinese Medicine courses (COTH2111, COTH2113, COTH2191).

You will develop your knowledge and skills in the basic theory of the meridian system and acupuncture points, including connections and Qi flow direction, symptoms and signs of the 8 out of 14 meridians. You will learn to accurately locate and trace meridians and points and understand the functions, indications, contraindications and the anatomical basis of 220 out of 405 acupoints to enable you to apply these clinically.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Objectives for MC024 Master Applied Science (Acupuncture):

  • PLO1: Apply your knowledge of Chinese Medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of internal medicine disorders
  • PLO2: Plan and perform treatment using acupuncture for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner
  • PLO4: Communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals, regulatory bodies and the general public
  • PLO5: Reflect and improve upon your professional practice and build problem solving skills and abilities through lifelong learning.

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

  1. Trace the travelling routes and describe both the manifestations of fourteen meridians and the composition and function of the meridian system.
  2. Accurately locate the most commonly used acupuncture points, demonstrate familiarity with needling procedures and describe their function and indication
  3. Apply your knowledge of the function and indication of acupuncture points to formulate an acupuncture prescription
  4. Identify the risks and contraindications associated with acupuncture using your knowledge of the regional anatomy of 100 acupuncture points.
  5. Adhere to infection control regulations when performing acupuncture
  6. Analyse the clinical condition of a patient and apply risk minimisation and management strategies for adverse events when performing acupuncture

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of face-to-face and/or 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 practise skills and receive feedback about your skills.  The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be broadened by tutorials. It 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.

This course will provide you an opportunity to develop acupuncture knowledge that is an important basis for Chinese medicine practice including meridian tracing, point location, communication with patients and asepsis techniques.

Teacher Guided Hours: 34 per semester including lectures, tutorials, online activities and practical sessions

Learner Directed Hours: 86 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. All material to be chosen 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. 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 polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

Assessment Task 1: Progressive Assessments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Practical Examinations (points, meridians and needling) (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

You may be given more than one opportunity to retake this assessment subject to conditions.

Assessment Task 3: Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Summative Assessment (Reflection, short answer questions and case analysis)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5