General Optometry Practice

Subject OPTO50001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 5 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, tutorials and workshops and no less than 200 hours of clinical work and clinical demonstrations. Students are rostered to attend the University of Melbourne EyeCare Practice and other clinical sites both within Melbourne, rural Victoria, interstate and overseas throughout the prescribed clinical year. Students will also be required to attend Saturday Clinics as rostered.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: All of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: Both of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in clinical practice activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Ms Anthea Cochrane, Prof Neville Mcbrien




Subject Overview:

The core of the subject is the examination and treatment of patients in the University of Melbourne EyeCare practice and other clinical sites both within Melbourne, rural Victoria, interstate and overseas throughout the prescribed clinical year. In addition students will attend ophthalmology placements both in private practice and in hospital settings in Melbourne. In addition, lectures, tutorials and workshops will provide detailed information on professional ethics, practice management and administration, general medicine with emphasis on those systemic diseases with ocular manifestations and on ophthalmic product information related to ophthalmic dispensing. Students are required to dispense a specified proportion of the spectacle prescriptions they write at the University EyeCare practice as well as completing other dispensing assignments

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should have a comprehensive command of their knowledge of the disorders of vision and their clinical management; have developed a very high level of skill with optometric procedures and will be competent in the identification, diagnosis and resolution of patient visual problems. They will also build on their skills in patient communication.

Progressive assessment of clinical work throughout the year (40%); a written clinical report (1500-2000 words) due at the end of first semester (5%); an oral examination during second semester (10%); and a 3-hour written examination in the second semester examination period (45%). Satisfactory completion of all components of assessment is necessary to pass the subject. Timely attendance at all rostered clinical sessions, both national and international, is compulsory. Specific details relating to this requirement can be found in the subject guide.

Prescribed Texts: A reading list will be provided.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to Bachelor of Optometry students.

The 5th year of the Bachelor of Optometry comprises 2 x 16 week clinical semesters.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry

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