Channels & Points 2

General Information
Duration 1 semester (14 teaching weeks)
Level Year 2, Semester 3
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 8.5 (include 4.5 hours clinic practice)
Number of personal study hours per week: 1.5
Total workload hours per week: 10
Prerequisites TCM106TCM Diagnosis & Clinical Theory; ACU107 Channels and Points 1; CHM108 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae1
Academic Details
Description This unit of study is a continuation of ACU107 and extends the theory and application of Channels and Points. The unit will present a comprehensive coverage of the composition and functions of the channels and points of the Urinary Bladder, the Kidney, the Pericardium, the Gall Bladder, the Liver, and Eight Extra Channels: Chong Mai, Dai Mai, Yang Qiao and YinQiao Mai, YinWei and Yang Wei Mai.

Students will study acupuncture points, the name and the number of each point, their location, their classification, and their therapeutic functions and clinical indications. Students will explore the significance of the Primary Channels and the Divergent Channel, the Collaterals Channel, the Sinew Channel and the Cutaneous region of each meridian will also be discussed.

Students start Level 2 clinical practice. It aims to provide the students with 50 hours of active participation in basic clinical procedures involved in the diagnosis and management of patients as an observer

During Level 2, students will be placed in the student clinic and are able to attend practice with approved external practitioners. This stage will provide them with an introduction to clinic and patient management, experience with pulse and tongue diagnosis, and herb handling.

Learning outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe and explain the channels and points of the Urinary Bladder Channel, the Kidney Channel, the Pericardium Channel, the Gall Bladder Channel, the Liver Channel, and Eight Extra Channels; and critically evaluate the significance of the symptoms and signs associated with disorders of the Channels and Collaterals.
  2. Describe and explain the theories of acupuncture points including name, number, general features (categories), location, and functions; and demonstrate competence in point location, palpation and appropriate needling technique for each point in the context of safe practice.
  3. Demonstrate potential competency in problem-focused interview and examination, integrated diagnosis and pattern differentiation, and formation of treatment plans including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and formulas, herbal identification and dispensing, patient care, record keeping and clinic duties as a Level 1 observer in the clinic practice.
  4. Describe and demonstrate compliance with Chinese Medicine Board of Australia’s policies, codes and guidelines to their practice, and awareness of the updated listing of restricted Chinese herbs in the clinic practice and Code of Conduct (including self-reflection, understanding and practicing within their own scope of practice, assuming responsibility and accept accountability for their own professional decisions, and identifying and explaining procedures for the appropriate reporting of adverse events and implementation of appropriate first aid measures when necessary) in the clinic practice.
Unit requirement To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes plus 100% of clinic hours including fulfilling all rostered receptionist duties; attempt all assessment tasks including summative and formative assessments and achieve at least 50% of the total marks; and achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination and at least 50% in Clinical Assessment.
Assessment Assessment 1: Practical Examination (30%)

Assessment 2: Clinical Assessment (30%)

Assessment 3: Final Examination (40%)

Prescribed text * The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.

Deadman, P., Al-Khafaji, M., & Baker, K. (2007). A manual of acupuncture (2nd ed.). Hove, East Sussex: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications.

Recommended readings Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (2013). Infection prevention and control guidelines for acupuncture practice. Available at 01/09/2013).

Ellis, A., Boss, K., & Wiseman, N. (1989). Grasping the wind. Brookline, Mass: Paradigm Publications.

Lian, Y. Chen, C., Hammes, M., &Kolst, B. (2013). The Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture. H.F.Ullmann Publishing Gmbh.

Li, D. (1991). Acupuncture, meridian theory, and acupuncture points (B. You, Z. Wang Trans.). Beijing, China: Foreign Languages Press.

Low, R. H. (1983). The secondary vessels of acupuncture: A detailed account of their energies, meridians and control points. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: Thorsons.

Maciocia, G. (2006). The channels of acupuncture: Clinical use of the secondary channels and eight extraordinary vessels. Philadelphia, Pa.: Churchill Livingstone.

National Health and Medical Research Council (2010). Australian Guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare. Australian Government: Canberra. Available at 04/09/2013)

Yan, Z. (2003). English-Chinese applied anatomical atlas of acupoints. Shanghai: Publishing House of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.