|Duration||1 semester (14 teaching weeks)|
|Level||Year 3, Semester 5|
|Unit Weighting||Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
|Student Workload||Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
|Prerequisites/ Corequisites||ACU207 Channels & Points 2, and CHM 208 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 2|
|Description||This unit of study introduces students to the theory and practice of Chinese internal medicine. The student will study the classification of diseases in TCM, their common etiology and pathogenesis, and the therapeutic methods applied in their treatment. Each disease is examined in the light of its syndrome differentiation; treatment principles and methods; appropriate formulae and modifications; the application of modalities (Chinese herbal medicine and/or acupuncture and/or tuina); TCM strengths and limitations, cautions and contraindications; relevant lifestyle advice including appreciation of Australia’s healthcare context and relevant multi-cultural/multi-racial issues that may affect treatment options, and conditions necessary for referral to peers or other medical and health professionals when appropriate. The diseases discussed include those that affect the heart, the lungs, the liver, the digestive system, the kidneys and other diseases that are commonly treated in TCM practice.
The importance of a commitment to appropriate reporting of adverse events and the implementation of appropriate first aid measures when a patient displays an adverse reaction to treatment, and ensure prompt transfer to medical services where necessary will be emphasised. The desire to achieve excellence in the practice of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine and to contribute to improving both the quality of life of patients and the wellbeing of the community and the environment will be a key feature in the teaching and learning of this unit.
|Learning outcomes||Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:
|Unit requirement||To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes; attempt all assessment tasks and achieve at least 50% of the total marks; and achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination.|
|Assessment||Assessment 1: Class Exam (25%)
Assessment 2: Class Exam (25%)
Assessment 3: Final Examination (50%)
|Prescribed text||* The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.
Maciocia, G (2008). The practice of Chinese medicine: The treatment of diseases with acupuncture and Chinese herbs (2nd ed.). Edinburgh; New York: Elsevier.
Maclean, W., Lyttleton J (2009). Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine: the Treatment of Disease with Traditional Chinese Medicine (Volume 3 Blood Fluid Channels), Sydney, University of Western Sydney.
|Recommended readings||Xia, X,. Shen, XH,. Chen M (2013). Introduction to Chinese Internal Medicine. World Century; New Jersey.
Liu, Y., Eckman, P., & Vian, K (1988). The essential book of traditional Chinese medicine vol 2 (clinical practice). New York: Columbia University Press.
Maclean, W., & Lyttleton, J (1998). Clinical handbook of internal medicine: The treatment of disease with traditional Chinese medicine vol 1 &vol 2 (2nd ed.). Sydney: University of Western Sydney, Macarthur.
Wang, S (1996). Advanced textbook on traditional Chinese medicine and pharmacology, vol III: Internal medicine (1st ed.). Beijing: New World Press.