Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

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

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

Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2 is a one-semester course that is a basis for further learning of Acupuncture Techniques, Clinical Preparation and Clinical Chinese Medicine courses. You will develop your ability to formulate and modify an acupuncture prescription based on an understanding of the indications and contraindications of acupuncture points. In addition you will learn a further 185 of the 405 acupoints including extra points. You will prepare and perform acupuncture treatment procedures safely and effectively - develop knowledge and skills relating to infection control and safe practice of basic acupuncture needling techniques.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • PLO 2: Plan and perform treatment using acupuncture for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner
  • PLO 3: Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of acupuncture 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 5: Reflect and improve upon your professional practice and build problem solving skills and abilities through lifelong learning.

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

  1. Apply and critically analyse advancing knowledge in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and principles that underpin practice for acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.  
  2. Formulate acupuncture prescriptions based on critical analysis of the indications and contraindications of acupuncture points.
  3. Plan, implement and evaluate safe acupuncture treatment, applying evidence-based practice to inform decision-making
  4. Communicate the acupuncture treatment plan, including relevant risks, benefits and options, to patients/their families/other health professionals the purpose of an assessment for acupuncture.
  5. Apply risk minimisation and management strategies for adverse events.
  6. Evaluate progress and review continuation of the acupuncture treatment plan through analysis of extensive case studies to identify strategies to further professional development.

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 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.

Chinese medicine library subject guides are available via

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-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program. Visit for all relevant polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Attendance at practical classes is compulsory for several important reasons, including to prevent potential injury to participants during practical assessments. Therefore, if you don’t attend and participate effectively in at least 85% of your scheduled practical classes you won’t be entitled to a practical assessment opportunity at the end of semester, which is a hurdle requirement.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Assignment
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Practical Examination (HURDLE)
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Case based Online Test
Weighting 40%
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.