CMPL 2003 Channels and Points 2

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400875

Coordinator Shengxi Zhang Opens in new window

Description Acupuncture is one of the principal therapeutic interventions in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This unit 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 unit and relevant safe administration of needling. This unit expands the student's understanding of TCM theory and practice principles. This unit includes mandatory clinical placement

School Health Sciences

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

Restrictions 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.

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

Essential equipment

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement. Students must also hold a valid and current First Aid Certificate from a Registered Training Organisation. Refer to the Special Requirements website for more information.
Special Requirements


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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practical Acupuncture Assessments x2 25 minutes each 40 Y Individual
Online Quizzes x10 15 minutes each 20 N Individual
Exam 2 hours 40 N Individual
Logbook: Clinical Observation 10 hours at UniClinic Pass/Fail Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

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

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



Subject Contact Shengxi Zhang Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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