Course Title: Chinese Medicine Theory 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese Medicine Theory 2

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 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Zhen Zheng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7167

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.048

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

Chinese Medicine Theory 2 is a one-semester course that covers four diagnostic techniques, various differentiation methods and skills for analysing and writing up a case record from a Chinese medicine perspective. The course provides you with knowledge and skills to apply to cases in a clinical setting. This course will build a foundation for you to undertake clinical studies. The theory and practical skills learnt from lectures will be broadened by providing many case studies, group discussions and tutorials incorporating audio-visual learning-ware and self-directed learning with the support of online learning. This course is designed to build the foundation needed for you to undertake clinical studies, and to develop diagnostic skills that you can apply in clinical practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • PLO 1. Apply your knowledge of Chinese Medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of health disorders
  • PLO 3. Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion or Chinese Herbal Medicine and incorporate this information into your professional evidence based practice
  • PLO 4. Communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals, regulatory bodies and the general public
  • PLO 6. 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:

CLO 1. Apply your body of knowledge and skills in analysing data obtained from the four diagnostic methods, diagnosis an illness and differentiate syndromes according to:

  • Eight guiding principles
  • Qi, Blood and Body Fluids
  • Zang-Fu Organs
  • Aetiological factors
  • The Meridians and Collaterals
  • The theory of the Six Meridians
  • Wei, Qi, Ying and Blood phases
  • The Triple Energiser (san jiao)

CLO 2. Interpret and record a case history according to Chinese medicine practice using the 10 questions.
CLO 3. Appraise and synthesise the skills of Chinese medicine diagnosis including pulse and tongue diagnosis.
CLO 4. Communicate Chinese Medicine diagnosis and aetiology in “plain language” to patients and their families and other health professionals in ways that relate Chinese medicine concepts to western medicine and explain relevant Chinese medical terminology.
CLO 5. Critically analyse and demonstrate the attributes and skills required for patient assessment, clinical decision-making, interpretive skills, human relationships, ethics and compassion, professional responsibility, management of common disorders and diagnoses and bases for referral.
CLO 6. Review fundamental principles, theories and diagnostic skills and their application to case studies, and identify strategies to further your learning. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture on-line material and electronic resources for learning diagnostic techniques and differentiation to provide an introductory theoretical basis for Chinese Medicine knowledge. You will use this knowledge in the application of diagnosis and writing up a case record. You will be introduced to and expected to read academic literature relating to Chinese Medicine Theory and the information provided in this course.

Teacher Guided Hours: 40 per semester including lectures, tutorials, online activities and practical sessions

Learner Directed Hours: 80 hours 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 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Progressive case record and analysis
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Diagnostic skill assessment
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Online comprehensive end of semester diagnostic skills assessment
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6