Occupational Optometry, Visual Standards

Subject OPTO40001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, 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: 36 hours of lectures/seminars/tutorials and practical/clinical work
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Prerequisites: All of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: All 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 laboratory 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


Email: antheac@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

Topics to be covered are lighting and its effect on visual tasks, visual standards for various tasks, eye injuries in the workplace, the role of eye protectors in reducing eye injuries, the visual ergonomics of a variety of visually demanding tasks such as sustained computer screen reading or microscopy. The role of national and international standards in providing guidance for safe practice will be stressed and particular attention will be given to relevant Australian standards.

Objectives: The aim of this subject is to detail the visual problems that can be encountered in the workplace.
Assessment: Six written practical-based assignments of up to 2,000 words each due during the semester (30%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (70%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:
  • R V North, Work and the Eye. Oxford Medical Publications, 1993 (or later edition)
  • D G Pitts and R N Kleinstein, Environmental Vision. Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993 (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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