Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 3
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Clinical Chinese Medicine 3
Credit Points: 12.00
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Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Yang
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7175
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Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.018
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Required prior study (Pre-requisites)
- COTH2186 Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae 2 (Course ID 051787)
- COTH2110 Acupuncture Neurophysiology and Techniques (Course ID 038167)
Work Integrated Learning:
Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.
• National Police check
• Working with Children Check
• First Aid Certificate
There is no flexibility with these requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED. Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.
This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.
Clinical Chinese Medicine 3 provides a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. WIL activities for this course involve clinical placements consisting of observation and treatment of patients under supervision. This is a one-semester course that will cover a number of diseases in the areas of dermatology, external medicine, ear, nose, throat and eye. Preventive measures will also be included. For each of these key topics, you will consider aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and treatment. This course has a substantial practical component where you will be required to put into practice the learning from previous courses in the treatment of disorders of dermatology, external medicine, ear, nose, throat and eye. This practicum will consist of treatment of patients under the supervision of a registered and RMIT approved Chinese medicine practitioner with a minimum of 5 years’ experience.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.
At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) or MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture):
- PLO 1: Apply knowledge of Chinese medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of health disorders
- PLO 2: Plan and perform treatments using Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture and moxibustion 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 moxibustion 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: Operate and manage a responsible and sustainable health care practice in compliance with legal and ethical requirements
- PLO 6: Reflect on 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. Synthesise key knowledge from Chinese medicine and Western medicine to describe
- aetiology and pathogenesis;
- syndrome differentiation and treatment principles;
- key prescription and modifications;
- treatment plans including expected time course for treatment and timing of review for a range of dermatological, external medicine, ear, nose, throat and eye conditions.
2. Take a patient history which draws on a synthesis of knowledge from both Chinese medicine and Western medicine.
If you are enrolled in MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
3. Identify and elaborate the principle components of key Chinese Herbal Formulae for treating specific diseases as well as the construction of the formulae related to the aetiology and pathogenesis of those diseases and critically analyse the literature regarding efficacy and safety of associated Chinese herbal medicines.
4. Analyse common modifications and appropriate herbs for key formulae and design an individualised Chinese Herbal Medicine treatment plan which includes possible adverse reactions to the prescribed treatment, the significance of the adverse reactions and appropriate action.
5. Formulate a Chinese herbal prescription according to the standard format and dispense the herbal medicine accurately, providing labels, verbal and written patient instructions for its preparation and use, including contraindications and side effects.
6. Manage a Chinese herbal medicine dispensary including the storage, quality assurance and other operational processes.
If you are enrolled in MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
3. Describe the key components of key acupuncture formulae for treating specific diseases as well as the construction of appropriate formulae related to the aetiology and pathogenesis of those diseases and demonstrate knowledge of common modifications (and appropriate acupoints) for key acupuncture formulae.
4. Prescribe an individualised acupuncture treatment plan, write an acupuncture prescription according to a professionally acceptable format and perform the relevant treatment.
5. Write appropriate patient instructions for acupuncture which includes possible adverse reactions, their significance and appropriate action to be taken.
6. Critically appraise the literature in efficacy and safety of acupuncture.
Overview of Learning Activities
Learning activities associated with this course include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be extended in tutorials. 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. You will have the opportunity to practise skills and receive feedback on their development through clinical observation and/or clinical practice. Attendance at and participation in the Chinese Medicine Clinics is compulsory.
Teacher Guided Hours: 48 hours (including lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions) and 78 clinical hours
Learner Directed Hours: 48 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. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. 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 http://rmit.libguides.com/chinese-medicine
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-focused professional standards throughout the course of their program. Visit http://www.chinesemedicineboard.gov.au for all relevant policies and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
Assessment Task 1: Progressive assessments (online)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (CHM) and 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (A)
Assessment Task 2: In-class exams
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (CHM) and 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (A)
Assessment Task 3: Assignment
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (CHM) and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (A)
Assessment Task 4: Clinical Skill Logbook (HURDLE)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (CHM) & 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (A)
You will develop a clinical skill log to document and reflect on your clinical skill acquisition. This course includes 78 mandated clinical hours.