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Principles of Eye Bank Practice (BMSC90013)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMSC90013
July - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject arms students - who have completed the Specialist Certificate: Fundamentals in Eye Banking, with advanced professional and technical skills required of progressive eye banks in the 21 st century. The subject packages a comprehensive exploration into ocular and cellular microbiology and immunology, tissue preparation and preservation, recipient allocation, vigilance and surveillance and tracking systems, and complements them by exploring quality and management systems and professionalism. The subject will also explore cellular therapies in relation to ocular transplantation.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the subject the students should be able to:

  1. Describe principles of business management, clinical governance and quality management as it relates to an eye bank.
  2. Understand at an advanced level, the surgical and scientific aspects of eye banking and apply this knowledge to practice.
  3. Develop and apply skills in corneal evaluation in the selection of tissue for transplantation and intended outcome.
  4. Apply ethical and quality principles coupled with clinical and scientific understanding, to the allocation of tissue for transplantation.
  5. Appreciate developments in advanced cell therapies approaches to corneal disease and how they will impact on eye banking practice in the future

Generic skills

  • Ability to articulate, both written and oral, the key concepts and frameworks
  • Developed analytical, evaluation and problem solving skills required to review, report and monitor professional practice and community expectations;
  • The ability to adapt and respond to a rapidly changing professional environment;
  • Mastered inter-professional relations and team work;
  • Flexibility and adaptability required to work as a solo professional and a member of a multi-disciplinary professional body

Eligibility and requirements


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the GC-EYEBANK Graduate Certificate in Eye Banking. This subject is not available to students from any other courses. For more information please contact the School of Melbourne Custom Programs.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BMSC90012 Fundamentals in Eye Banking
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Case Study Set by Lecturer
  • 1,500 words
Week 630%
  • Weekly discussion board participation (150-200 words per week. Graded against a rubric provided to students
  • 2,000 words
Throughout the semester20%
  • Presentation supporting Report
  • 1,500 words
Week 1130%
  • E-Presentation - 10 minute oral-video presentation
  • 10 minutes
Week 1120%

Dates & times

  • July - Online
    Principal coordinatorGraeme Pollock
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours36 hours (12 x 3 hours of online lectures)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 1 November 2019
    Last self-enrol date16 August 2019
    Census date19 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 October 2019
    Assessment period ends 1 November 2019

    July contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education

    Further Information: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/graduate/specialist-certificate-in-the-fundamentals-of-eye-banking

    Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 24 December 2018