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Unit Overview


This unit will provide students with an overall understanding of the skills and knowledge required to navigate the optometry program and considerations of having a successful optometry career. Students will undertake study of different models of optometry profession, including business planning and practice set-up, finance and accounting, business law, practice operations and management, human resources, staff management, the retail and supply chain. Students will learn effective communication skills and personal resilience.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand the role of an optometrist in a clinical setting including equipment used, clinical procedures and processes.; (2) evaluate and disseminate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various modes of optometry practice; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of effective patient communication skills and the importance of personal resilience; and (4) describe the strategies used by commercial and non-commercial organizations in achieving their objectives and key results.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) peer assessments; (2) oral assessments; and (3) written assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Mark Lucey
Unit rules
Enrolment in
the Doctor of Optometry 91590
OPTM4101 Principles of Optics 1.
OPTM4102 Structure and Function of the Eye.
OPTM4103 Research Fundamentals and Methodology 1.
Approved quota: 64—quota places are allocated based on admission requirements contained within CAIDi 91590 Doctor of Optometry (coursework) (extended).
Contact hours
Workshops and problem-based learning tutorials up to 40 hours.
Lectures and seminars up to 30 hours.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.