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Preclinical Optometry Refresher (OPTO90029)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeOPTO90029
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry.

Note: Students will only enrol in this subject on the instruction of the O.D. Progress Committee

This subject provides students with the opportunity to maintain the clinical skills developed through the completion of the subject Preclinical Optometry, by providing further practise and training in the optometric procedures for the examination of the eyes and the treatment of visual disorders. On completion of the subject students will be able to investigate patients' visual problems, make a diagnosis and plan an appropriate course of management. Practical sessions will allow students the opportunity to take and record a routine patient history and work up an ocular complaint, complete a comprehensive refractive examination, perform a routine screen to detect overt pathology or visual dysfunction and acquire the skills to examine the health of the eye. In the latter part of semester 2, students will reinforce their practical skills and knowledge and perform routine eye examinations on colleagues and practice patients in a clinical setting.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • maintain basic competency in clinical ocular examination, using current best-practice methods, enabling them to assess and the health and visual performance of their patient;
  • maintain developing interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, that allow them to establish relationships with their patients;
  • maintain developing technical skills to proficiently manipulate ophthalmic instruments and equipment; and
  • maintain developing skills in problem identification, and applying these to particular problems presented by patients.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have highly developed written and oral communication skills
  • have the capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written modes of communication
  • be able to work as part of a team to address a common goal
  • be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to new problems
  • be able to incorporate evidence based information into their clinical practice
  • value the collection and recording of accurate and complete data
  • have enhanced time management skills, in particular a capacity to manage competing demands on time, and professional focus in clinical practice
  • be able to keep up to date with the latest innovations
  • be able to reflect upon and identify deficiencies in their knowledge, and develop strategies to address those deficiencies

Last updated: 15 August 2019