OPTM3102 Principles of Optometry 1

12 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit will enable students to understand and perform basic optometric testing. The unit will also provide an appreciation of the role of the optometrist within the broader health care system and describe the challenges that are faced.

In particular, students will:

- develop fundamental skills for taking simple patient histories associated with common optometric conditions;

- develop fundamental skills in conducting simple patient examinations associated with common optometric conditions;

- explore legal, ethical issues, professional, public and population health issues associated with common optometric conditions.
Students are able to (1) perform (take) simple patient histories relevant to common optometric conditions (e.g. simple myopia, presbyopia); (2) perform basic patient examinations (e.g. external observation, ocular excursions) relevant to the common optometric conditions.; (3) describe some of the legal and ethical, professional practice, public and population health issues associated with the common optometric conditions presented in OPTM3101; (4) describe various aspects of public and population health, epidemiology, migrant and refugee health in Australia; (5) discuss strategies for health maintenance, promotion, screening and disease prevention for conditions of the eye; and (6) describe some of the inter-professional health issues in optometry (e.g. driving standards, colour vision abnormality).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester assessment; (2) written assignment; (3) oral examination; and (4) professionalism and active participation assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the oral examination and professionalism and active participation assessment components.

Students with a mark between 45 and 49 overall in the unit may be offered a supplementary assessment;
Students with a mark between 45 and 49 for the oral examination may be offered a supplementary assessment.
Unit rules
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).
OPTM3101 Science of the Eye and Visual System 1
Contact hours
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.
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