Clinical Optometry Practice

Subject 655-430 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

, - 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, 24 hours of clinical tutorials and 96 hours of clinical practice and demonstrations. Students are rostered to attend the clinics at the Victorian College of Optometry
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Optometry 655-321; 655-341; 655-028 or 655-328; 655-330 or 655-332; 655-351 or 655-359; and microbiology 526-306.
Corequisites: Optometry 655-441, 655-451 and 655-461.
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. 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.


Prof N McBrien
Subject Overview:

In this subject students will develop their clinical skills with direct patient consultations and management. Students will utilise the optometric techniques learned in 655-330 and refine and improve their patient management skills. Under supervision, students will learn appropriate assessment of patient history and symptoms, and patient communication skills. Application of standard optometric techniques will be undertaken in direct patient management and students will develop their clinical routine. Students will in addition see contact lens patients and observe low vision and paediatric consultations.

Assessment: Ongoing assessment of clinical work throughout the semester (45%); a 2-hour practical and oral examination in the first semester examination period (20%); a 2-hour written examination in the second semester examination period (35%). Satisfactory completion of all three components of assessment is necessary to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:
  • The Ocular Examination, Measurements and Findings (K Zadnik), WB Saunders, 1997 (or later edition)
  • Clinical Procedures in Primary Care (D B Elliott), 2nd edn, Butterworth Heinemann (or later ­edition)
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.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry

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