CMPL 2003 Channels and Points 2

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400875

Coordinator Isabella Leung Opens in new window

Description Acupuncture is one of the principal therapeutic interventions in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This subject completes the study of the system of channels and points, which forms the basis of clinical application of acupuncture. It covers the channel pathway, point location and indications of the last 6 channels of the meridian cycle and the extra points. It also reinforces the student’s ability to identify and palpate surface anatomy relevant to identifying the acupuncture point locations covered in this subject and relevant safe administration of needling. This subject expands the student's understanding of TCM theory and practice principles. This subject includes mandatory clinical placement. As an indication, this subject includes a minimum of 20 practicum hours at UniClinic, and 24 practicum hours at an external clinic.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Acupuncture

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) CMPL 2006 AND
CMPL 2002

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 7238 - Acupuncture 1


Students must be enrolled in 4660 Bachelor of Health Science-Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine or 4710 Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine to enrol in this subject.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge in Chinese Medicine Theory and basic meridian theoretical knowledge and competency in first six channels of the meridian system.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the distribution and local anatomy of the channels covered in this unit;
  2. Identify location, functions and indications of commonly used points on the channels, and of the extra points;
  3. Identify high-risk related acupuncture points and apply appropriate needling strategies.

Subject Content

1. The three yang channels of foot and points
- pathway and Indications of The channels
- Locations and Indications of The points
2. Du, Ren and other extra-ordinary channels and points
3. The extra points
Note: surface anatomy relevant to identifying individual acupuncture point location covered in this subject and relevant safe administration of needling will be taught.
Clinical skills
- Point location of The main acupuncture points
- identification of High-Risk related acupuncture points

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.   
There are Western Special Requirements that you may need to meet to enrol into your program of study or subject. There are mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements you are responsible to meet to undertake any placement in any NSW Health facility. You must be assessed in the first year of your enrolment regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. 
Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet, ensure that you gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history, complete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to your campus enrolment requirements, and follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW Health. 
International students have additional requirements: check the booklet for these additional  requirements.  
School Requirements 

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as: 

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia or need to meet a state, territory or country’s compliance requirements 
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or another state equivalent, valid for your entire course. 
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at: 
  • Other non-health related requirements.   

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only):


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practical Exam 25 minutes each 40 Y Individual
Quiz 15 minutes each 20 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 N Individual
Log/Workbook 10 hours at UniClinic S/U N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Deadman, P., Mazin, Al-K., (2007). A Manual of Acupuncture, 2nd Edition. London: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)



Subject Contact Shengxi (George) Zhang Opens in new window

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