Occupational Optometry, Visual Standards

Subject OPTO40001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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: For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in clinical and practical class activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


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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