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Eye Donation for Transplantation (BMSC90014)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMSC90014
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject awards graduates with advanced knowledge necessary for completion of the full donation process -inclusive of the legalities. Graduates shall develop enhanced procedural and communication skills required to; complete a comprehensive donor assessment and consent process with a next-of-kin, interact with other donation transplant teams, obtain a medical, surgical and social history, identify contraindications to donation, and perform a physical examination and a tissue recovery. Students will also have the opportunity to analyse the variances in the donation process around the world.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Compare laws, relating to human tissue donation, understand the responsibilities they place on donation practitioners, and evaluate the law’s impact on eye donation.
  2. Examine and discuss and reflect on different eye donation programs, locally and globally.
  3. Demonstrate a good awareness of issues surrounding death, bereavement, and apply this understanding to donor family discussions and interactions with clinical staff.
  4. Critically appraise aspects of risk of disease transmission versus benefit in the selection and testing of eye donors.
  5. Explain the different surgical approaches to corneal transplantation understand risk factors affecting outcomes of transplantation and appreciate how these relate to eye donation practice.

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


Additional details

  1. Case study set by lecturer (1500 words) due Week 6 - 30%
  2. e-Presentation. Consisting of: a 10 minute oral-video presentation (worth 20% - equivalent of 1000) and a 1500 word Supporting Report (worth 30%), due Week 10 - 50%
  3. Open book online exam (1 hour, equivalent to 1000 words) during the Exam Period - 20%

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 30 August 2019