General Optometry Practice

Subject 655-510 (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 and no less than 200 hours of clinical work and clinical demonstrations. Students are rostered to attend the clinics of the Victorian College of Optometry including clinics based in Community Health centres at Broadmeadows, Darebin and Sunshine throughout the prescribed clinical year
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Optometry 655-422, 655-430, 655-442 and 655-462.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof N McBrien; Ms A Cochrane
Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject, students will have a broad and strong command of their knowledge of the disorders of vision and their 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 be skilled in patient communication. The core of the subject is the examination and treatment of patients in the general clinics of the Victorian College of Optometry, including clinics based in Community Health centres at Broadmeadows, Darebin and Sunshine throughout the prescribed clinical year. In addition, lectures and tutorials will provide detailed information on professional ethics and practice management and general medicine with emphasis on those systemic diseases with ocular manifestations and the diagnosis and management of abnormal colour vision. Students are also required to dispense a proportion of the spectacle prescriptions they write during their attendance at clinics and complete other dispensing assignments.

Assessment: Progressive assessment of clinical work throughout the year (40%); practical skills tests, written clinical reports (5 reports of 2000 words each) and oral examinations throughout the year (25%); a 3-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: 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.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Optometry

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