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.
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.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||explain the use and application of the herbs covered by therapeutic classes||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|2||explain the use and application of the herbs covered by specific actions||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|3||describe the indications, contraindications, and dosage of the herbs covered||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||formulate simple prescriptions appropriate to specific case needs||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a small number of herbs with regard to their required habitat, growth pattern and/or medicinal actions.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- There is no prescribed textbook for this unit but several herbal texts are recommended – please see below: ., ..
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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