Unit description

Provides students with knowledge of the herbal materia medica, the study of actions and indications of individual medicinal plants, and skills in the simple construction of herbal prescriptions. This is core knowledge for the practice of herbal medicine and at the completion of this unit students will have a basic understanding of most of the herbs used by practising herbalists in Australia.

Unit content

Study of the materia medica, that is, the botanical and therapeutic aspects of medicinal herbs, their indications in treatment, contraindications and incompatibilities, posology, and dosage indications for elderly patients and children.

Materia medica pertaining to specific agents for body systems: reproductive system, urinary tract, gastrointestinal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, immune system, musculo-skeletal system, and integumentary system.

Formulation of prescriptions appropriate to simple case needs.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • There is no prescribed textbook for this unit but several herbal texts are recommended – please see below: ., ..
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%
Project report25%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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