Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acupuncture Theory and Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


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

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 (Pre-requisites)

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)

  • PLO2: Plan and perform treatment using acupuncture for a range of disorders in a safe and professional manner
  • PLO3: Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and incorporate this information into your professional evidence based practice
  • 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 will be expected to:

  1. Explain the composition and function of the meridian system, trace the travelling routes and describe the manifestations of fourteen meridians
  2. Accurately locate and needle 200 commonly used acupuncture points
  3. Apply knowledge of the function and indication of acupoints to formulate an acupuncture prescription
  4. Adhere to infection control regulations when performing acupuncture
  5. Analyse the clinical condition of a patient and apply preventative and management strategies for adverse events when performing acupuncture 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is a continuation of your learning undertaken in COTH2188  Acupuncture Theory and Practice 1.  To support your theoretical and clinical studies, activities including a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions will be provided. Lectures will continue to develop your knowledge of the point locations, functions and indication of the meridians. Extra points will also be discussed during this time.

Tutorials will require you to analyse complex case studies and form Chinese medicine diagnoses. You will be expected to participate in group discussion related to your classroom learning. You will have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge to form the management plan including point’s prescriptions, frequency and course of treatment. 
The practical sessions will continue to revise the pathway distribution and branches of the meridians as well as learning the points on remaining meridians. You will revise locations and practice needling points on learned meridians. You will also concentrate on needling procedures, safety precautions and infection control as well as patient handling and communication skills.

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

Learner Directed Hours: 80 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

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 Assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

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

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Assignment 

Weighting 20%

The assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

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

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5