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Doctor of Optometry (coursework) (extended)

This is a three-year program.The overall aim of the course is to produce socially accountable optometry graduates committed to delivering culturally safe and responsive person-centred care, addressing individual and societal healthcare needs, and improving individual and societal health outcomes.
The outcomes, content and teaching are based on the competency standards for optometrists (as set out by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand, under the auspices of AHPRA) which comprise five domains: professional responsibilities; communication; patient examination; diagnosis and management; and health information management.
In the first year, students gain a thorough foundation of the vision sciences and begin to develop patient care skills which underpin the development of skills for optometry practice in year two. The program culminates in year three with the application of knowledge, skills and attitudes through work-integrated practice in a range of practice settings and locations.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Optometry (coursework) (extended)
Award abbreviation
D. Opt.
Course code
91590
Course type
master's by coursework (extended)
Status
not available in 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
0101919

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full-time only
Credit points required
192
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
3 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 144 points of taught units and 48 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
3 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 192 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
6 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth), Numerous external providers
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Note
This new course has not been granted accreditation by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand and is not approved as a qualification leading to registration as an optometrist in Australia or New Zealand. The University of Western Australia has applied for accreditation of the course.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2020.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2020;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Year 1

Students who have not completed the major in Vision Science (MJD - VISSC) direct pathway - into the Doctor of Optometry must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 48 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AOPTM3101Science of the Eye and Visual System 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Doctor of Optometry 91590 OR 96 points including the completion of all level 1 and 2 units in the major in Vision Science (MJD – VISSC).
Co-requisites:
OPTM3102 Principles of Optometry 1
Problem-based learning tutorials up to 48 hours. Lectures and seminars up to 96 hours.
N/AOPTM3102Principles of Optometry 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Doctor of Optometry 91590 OR 96 points including the completion of all level 2 units in the major in Vision Science (MJD – VISSC).
Co-requisites:
OPTM3101 Science of the Eye and Visual System 1
Clinical skills practicals: up to 72 hours. Ophthalmic optics workshops: up to 24 hours. Lectures, symposia and inter-professional education sessions: up to 60 hours.
N/AOPTM3103Science of the Eye and Visual System 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
OPTM3101 Science of the Eye and Visual System 1 AND OPTM3102 Principles of Optometry 1
Co-requisites:
OPTM3104 Principles of Optometry 2
Problem-based learning tutorials: up to 48 hours. Lectures and seminars: up to 56 hours Team-based learning seminars: up to 48 hours.
N/AOPTM3104Principles of Optometry 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
OPTM3101 Science of the Eye and Visual System 1 AND OPTM3102 Principles of Optometry 1
Co-requisites:
OPTM3103 Science of the Eye and Visual System 2
Clinical skills practicals: up to 72 hours. Ophthalmic optics workshops: up to 24 hours. Lectures, symposia and inter-professional education sessions: up to 60 hours.

Year 2

Take all units (72 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AOPTM5101Integrated Ophthalmic Science 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 91590 (Doctor of Optometry) and completion of OPTM3101 Science of the Eye and Visual System 1, AND OPTM3102 Principles of Optometry 1, AND OPTM3103 Science of the Eye and Visual System 2 AND OPTM3104 Principles of Optometry 2.
Co-requisites:
OPTM5102 Optometric Practice 1
Problem-based learning tutorials: up to 48 hours. Lectures and seminars: up to 56 hours Team-based learning seminars: up to 48 hours.
N/AOPTM5102Optometric Practice 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 91590 (Doctor of Optometry) AND completion of OPTM3101 Science of the Eye and Visual System 1, AND OPTM3102 Principles of Optometry 1, AND OPTM3103 Science of the Eye and Visual System 2 AND OPTM3104 Principles of Optometry 2
Co-requisites:
OPTM5101 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 1
Clinical skills practicals: up to 48 hours. Workshops: up to 24 hours. Lectures, symposia and inter-professional education sessions: up to 60 hours. Observational clinical (optometric and allied health) placements up to 20 hours.
N/AOPTM5103Integrated Ophthalmic Science 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
OPTM5101 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 1 AND OPTM5102 Optometric Practice 1
Co-requisites:
OPTM5104 Optometric Practice 2
Problem-based learning tutorials: up to 48 hours. Lectures and seminars: up to 56 hours Team-based learning seminars: up to 48 hours.
N/AOPTM5104Optometric Practice 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
OPTM5101 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 1 AND OPTM5102 Optometric Practice 1
Co-requisites:
OPTM5103 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 2
Clinical skills practicals: up to 48 hours. Workshops: up to 24 hours. Lectures, symposia and inter-professional education sessions: up to 60 hours. Observational clinical (optometric and allied health) placements up to 20 hours.
N/AOPTM5105Optometry Research Project (24 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Doctor of Optometry and complettion of OPTM5203 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 2 AND OPTM5104 Optometric Practice 2
workshops and tutorial sessions, collection of research data: equivalent to 2-3 days per week

Year 3

Take all units (72 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AOPTM5201Community Optometry 1 (24 points)
Prerequisites:
OPTM5101 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 1, OPTM5102 Optometric Practice 1, OPTM5103 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 2, OPTM5104 Optometric Practice 2 AND OPTM5105 Optometry Research Project
Clinical placement: up to 4 days per week for 11 weeks. Intensive clinical skills workshops and simulations: up to 5 days on campus.
N/AOPTM5202Community Optometry 2 (24 points)
Prerequisites:
OPTM5201 Community Optometry 1
Clinical placement: up to 4 days per week for 11 weeks. Intensive clinical skills workshops and simulations: up to 5 days on campus.
N/AOPTM5203Community Optometry 3 (24 points)
Prerequisites:
OPTM5202 Community Optometry 2
Clinical placement: up to 4 days per week for 11 weeks. Intensive clinical skills workshops and simulations: up to 5 days on campus.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Note: This course is not available in 2020.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.IELTS Academic with overall score of 7.0 and no band less than 7.0

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree in biomedical science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a Faculty grade point average (GPA) of at least 5;

and

(c) demonstrated adequate knowledge of each of the following: chemistry (at year 12 or tertiary level) and mathematics (year 12 or tertiary level mathematics or statistics);

and

(d) a current Australian Police Certificate, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal convictions. The currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) a structured interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in optometrists, with invitation to attend the interview based on equal weightings under parts (a), (b) and (c) in Rule 4, in alignment with the interview quota for the year;

and

(b) the intake quota for that year;

and

(c) equal weighting of the Faculty GPA and interview for non-rural applicants, or equal weighting of the Faculty GPA, interview and rurality ranking for rural applicants.

OR

(d) direct pathway

OR

(e) entry via an Indigenous pathway

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 192 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed the major in Vision Science (MJD - VISSC) direct pathway - into the Doctor of Optometry are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 48 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass all units that the student is required to undertake in that year.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, may assign a progress status of 'On Probation' or 'Excluded' to a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8.

(2) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, and except as set out in (3), the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, assigns a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8.

(3) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, assigns a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who—

(a) fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and has previously repeated two years of the course;

or

(b) fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 in the same year of the course for a second time.

(4) A student who is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' under (3) (a) or (b) will not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Supplementary assessment

13.(1) Subject to (2), a student who fails a barrier component of a unit may be granted a supplementary assessment in that

component.

(2) The Board of Examiners will not provide an opportunity for supplementary assessment to a student who—

(a) fails two or more units in any calendar year;

or

(b) fails a deferred or supplementary assessment.

Requirements of students on probation

14.(1) Subject to (2), students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' must repeat all units that they have previously attempted in that year of the course.

(2) Students are exempt from the requirement to complete one or more of the following units if they have a mark of at least 60 per cent in the unit(s) concerned.

Leave and retention of credit

15.(1) Students may apply for a period of approved leave in accordance with the University Policy on Approved Leave.

(2) Following a period of approved leave of less than two years, students retain credit for all units previously passed.

(3) Following a period of approved leave of two years or more, full credit is unable to be granted and students must repeat the units comprising the most recently completed year of the course.

Requirement to attend and complete prescribed work

16.(1) Students must attend compulsory teaching and undertake practical and clinical work at the University, and other institutions as approved by the Faculty.

(2) Students must abide by the Professional Behaviour Procedure set in out in the Workplace-based placements.

(3) Providing approval is granted, a student is permitted to take a maximum of 10 University days annually as leave. Leave can include compassionate leave, medical leave , personal/other leave.

(4) Leave is administered and managed as outlined in the UWA Optometry Student Orientation Handbook.

Faculty's Infection Control Requirements

17. Students must comply with the Faculty's Infection Control Requirements for the duration of their enrolment.

First Aid Course Requirements

18. Students will be required to provide proof of successfully completing an Australian First Aid Course (accreditation number HLTAID0003 or HLTFA311A) prior to commencement of their course.

Mode of Study

19.(1) Students must enrol on a full-time basis unless the Faculty permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances.

(2) Students who have been permitted to enrol on a part-time basis in units of one level will not be permitted to enrol on a part-time basis in units of the next level.