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Bachelor of Vision Science - 372JA

Course Code: 372JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Optometry
CRICOS Code: 094977J
Lowest Selection Rank: 87.4
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

See yourself in this specialist field

Study a Bachelor of Vision Science and begin your journey towards a career in optometry. Our course has been developed with academics, practitioners and representatives from international optometry companies and will be launched in the same year UC opens the doors to our state-of-art UC Public Hospital. During your degree you will develop foundation knowledge and skills in the biomedical sciences with a specific focus on optical and vision sciences. You will also broaden your skills in business and management related areas should you choose to explore private practice. On graduating from this undergraduate degree you will be eligible for entry into a Master of Optometry.

Study a Bachelor of Vision Science at UC and you will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental sciences underpinning health, optical and vision sciences
  • perform common optical and visual diagnostic assessments
  • demonstrate a strong understanding of the dysfunctions and diseases of the eye
  • demonstrate an awareness of the inter-disciplinary nature of health practitioners and health professions
  • demonstrate awareness of and respect for individual human rights and cultural and social diversity.

Work Integrated Learning

In your final year you will enrol in the work-integrated unit Integrated Eye Care and Ocular Therapeutics. This unit incorporates a significant component of industry experience and includes clinical and non-clinical placements designed to observe the latest vision science industry projects and optometric practice in progress.

Career opportunities

  • Optometrist
  • Private practice & retailer
  • Vision-related government and non-government organisations
  • Hospitals
  • Health clinics & Services
  • Research institutes

Course specific information

The Bachelor of Vision Science is an accelerated 3 year program enabling completion in 2.5 years. The University of Canberra is currently seeking accreditation for this course by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ), the accrediting body for optometry  courses in Australia and New Zealand. Subject to accreditation which has not yet been determined, successful completion of both the Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry would allow students to apply for registration with the Optometry Board of Australia to practice as an optometrist in Australia.  

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

Clinical practice is a key component of the program and is assessed. Students may be required to complete this component outside of teaching time. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificates including CPR, as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments. All students are required to undergo a 'working with vulnerable people' check, an Australian Federal Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking practice in NSW.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

This course is to be completed in 2.5 years via an accelerated pathway.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Vision Science BVisSc

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Learning outcomes for the Diploma of Health Studies:
1. Graduates at this level will have technical and theoretical knowledge in one or more of a broad range of areas within the health sector.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
2. Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
a. Analyse health information;
b. Provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems in the health sector and;
c. Transmit information and skills to others.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
3. Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills in one or more areas of the health sector to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters. UC graduates are professional:
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Learning outcomes for the Associate Degree in Health Studies.
1. Graduates at this level will have broad technical and theoretical knowledge of a specific health area or of a broad range of areas within the health sector.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
2. Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
a. Analyse health information;
b. Interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the health sector; and
c. Transmit information and skills to others.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
3. Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills in one or more areas of the health sector to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility:
a. In contexts that are subject to change; and
b. Within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions.
UC graduates are professional:
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Vision Science will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental sciences underpinning health, optical and vision sciences.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
2. Perform common optical and visual diagnostic assessments. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
3. Demonstrate a strong understanding of the dysfunctions and diseases of the eye. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the inter-disciplinary nature of health practitioners and health professions. UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
5. Demonstrate awareness of and respect for individual human rights and cultural and social diversity. UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and
Be self-aware.

Course Duration

3 years, or part-time equivalent. To be completed in 2.5 years via accelerated pathway. Maximum 6 years.

Honours

None.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Exit awards only Diploma of Health Studies and Associate Degree of Health Studies. In order for the Diploma of Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: - completed 24 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1; - completed a minimum of 12 credit points at UC; and - obtained a minimum of 12 credit points in any of the health disciplines. - In order for the Associate Degree in Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: - completed 48 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 and 12 credit points at Level 2; - completed a minimum of 24 credit points at UC; and - obtained a minimum of 24 credit points in any of the health disciplines.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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