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Unit Overview


The unit will introduce students to basic eye examination techniques and refraction and the role of the optometrist within the broader health care system. A module in this unit on the business of optometry will enable students to understand the roles played by the various industry partners and collaborators, future career options, their opportunities and challenges in an ever-changing landscape.

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 various legal, ethical issues, professional, public and population health issues associated with common optometric conditions.

- demonstrate a broad understanding and appreciation of the business aspects of optometry practices

12 points

Students are able to (1) perform simple patient history taking relevant to common optometric conditions (e.g. simple myopia, presbyopia); (2) perform basic patient examination techniques (e.g. external observation, ocular excursion) relevant to the common optometric conditions; (3) perform a range of simple optometric and ophthalmic investigations (e.g. basic refraction) in the context of the management of common optometric conditions; (4) describe an array of the legal and ethical, professional practice, public and population health challenges associated with common optometric conditions; and (5) evaluate the merits of the various models of optometry business and discuss their opportunities and challenges.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) test; (2) ongoing assessments; (3) business plan; (4) oral assessments; (5) clinical assessments; and (6) professional behaviour 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 clinical assessments and professional behaviour assessment components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Khyber Alam
Unit rules
OPTM3101 Science of the Eye and Visual System 1
AND OPTM3102 Principles of Optometry 1
OPTM3103 Science of the Eye and Visual System 2
Contact hours
Practical, workshops and problem-based learning tutorials up to 75 hours.
Lectures and seminars up to 75 hours.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.