Advanced Primary Care Optometry PG (10328.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.375||9||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Optometry||Post Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Interpret and sequence the eye and vision examination into an efficient and accurate clinical routine for the examination of patients;
2. Effectively communicate in a clinical setting using modes and methods of communication (oral and written) which consider the physical, emotional, intellectual context of individual patients;
3. Elicit information about the patients presenting complaint and accurately record all the aspects of patient history relevant to the diagnosis and management;
4. Analyse and evaluate the principles underlying the design of the visual environment and the external factors that affect the comfort, safety and performance of people working at everyday tasks and counsel patients about their suitability for occupational or other tasks;
5. Distinguish ethical and culturally safe behaviour from non-ethical behaviour in personal and professional contexts; and
6. Explain the concepts of error and violation in health care and use root cause analysis to analyse adverse events and improve quality and safety in healthcare.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in the Master of Optometry, 374JA.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Dr Vicki Evans|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Dr Vicki Evans|
David B. Elliott. Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care. Elsevier 2020. ISBN: hardcover 9780702077890. ebook ISBN:9780702077906.
Nathan Efron. Contact Lens Practice. 3rd Edition. ISBN 9780 7020 6660 3. ebook ISBN 9780702066627 or 9780702066610.
Visual Ergonomics Handbook. Edited By Jeffrey Anshel. CRC Press. 2019. paperback ISBN 9780367392611.
These books will be available for purchase at the School Locker online-shop and for loan at the library.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Applications for extensions must be submitted to the Unit Convener at the earliest possible opportunity in the case of circumstances considered to be unanticipated, extenuating and exceptional. For anticipated events or circumstances which have a defined time period, including Reasonable Adjustment Plans, the notification must be lodged no later than 5 working days before the scheduled due date of the assessment. Documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate, death certificate) will be expected for an extension to be granted. However, this does not guarantee that the application for extension will be successful. The final decision in whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension will be at the discretion of the Unit Convener or relevant Program Director. Your application will not be processed without the required information, your signature and relevant supporting documentation.
Late penalties will be applied (see below).
The following conditions will apply to late submissions without an approved extension:
- Mark adjustment: 5% of the maximum mark available for the assessment task will be deducted for each day late up until seven days late. For example, an essay awarded 60% (60/100) submitted 2 days late will receive a mark adjustment of 5% per day, therefore, the adjusted maximum mark for that item will be 50% (50/100).
- Similarly, if the weighting is used then a piece of work worth 50% of the unit which received 30/50 would be reduced by 2.5 marks per day (i.e. 5% of 50) and would therefore receive a maximum adjusted mark of 25/50 if late by two days.
- Submissions received more than 7 days after the prescribed date and time will not be accepted for marking, a mark of zero (0) will be awarded for the item.
- For the purposes of these penalties, all days of the week count, including weekends and public holidays, even when the University may be closed.
- The minimum possible mark for late submission is zero.
- For clarification, one (1) minute past the specified due date and time is considered a late submission.
It is students' responsibility to be familiar with the electronic submission process (e.g., the use of Canvas and URKUND). Students are reminded to ensure they plan well enabling adequate time to submit assessments prior to the deadline, in order to avoid a mark adjustment. More details can be found in the Assessment Procedures
Special assessment requirements
The final mark for this unit will be calculated by an accumulation of marks from each assessment item. To achieve a passing grade or higher in this unit, students must:
- Attempt all assessment items;
- Participate in all Practical/Laboratory/Tutorial sessions;
- Achieve a mark of at least 50% in the final written exam;
- Achieve a mark of at least 50% in the practical assessments 3 and 4;
- Achieve a final aggregate (overall) mark of 50% or higher
Students who obtain an aggregate mark greater than 50.0% for the unit, but failed practical assessments 3 or 4 (with a grade of 45 - 49.9%), must successfully complete an additional piece of assessment in order to pass this unit. e.g. if a student has an aggregate mark great than 50% overall, passes practical assessment 3 but only gains a mark between 45-49.9% for practical assessment 4 they will be eligible to sit an additional assessment for that practical. If the student does not achieve an aggregate score greater than 50%, or if the student receives less than 45% for one or both practical assessments they will not be eligible for additional assessment and will not pass the unit.
The content of the additional assessment will be comparable to the failed assessment. The additional assessment will take place no later than two weeks after the Semester 2 examination period has ended and students should expect to have their grade withheld (WH) until the additional assessment has been completed. If the student passes the additional assessment, their mark on the nominated assessment item will be upgraded to 50%.
Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP)
If you have a RAP that you wish to apply to your studies, it is your responsibility to communicate with your Unit Convener in writing at least 7 days before your in-class assessment is due. Please attach your RAP with your request. For assessment tasks where patient safety will be compromised, time adjustments may not be applied.
The Unit Convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Note: Attendance at all lectures is expected and 100% participation is required in all Practical/Laboratory/Tutorials. Students are required to submit an absence form (available via the unit's UC Learn Canvas site) and appropriate documentary evidence for every Practical/Laboratory/Tutorial absence. The Unit Convener will assess your application; however, this will not guarantee that your application will be successful.
Deferred Exams and Quizzes
In the event a student misses an assessment due to an extenuating and evidenced circumstance, the student must contact the Unit Convener and request a deferred assessment/quiz/placement within three (3) days of the scheduled exam, quiz or placement. The request must be made in writing (by email) with an ‘Assignment Extension' form. Student must provide documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate – leave certificates will not be accepted) or other relevant documents as requested by the Unit Convener before sitting the deferred assessment. Failure to do so will result in a zero grade being awarded for that assessment item. Students are not permitted to defer a deferred intra-semester exam, quiz or placement. Any student unable to undertake the deferred intra-semester exam will be failed for the assessment task.
EIn the event a student is unable to attend their scheduled Final Examination and the reason meets the criteria for acceptable grounds for extenuating circumstances, the student should submit a ‘Request for Deferred Examination Application' form with original documentary evidence to the Timetabling and Examinations Office. This must be lodged within three days of the scheduled examination. Deferred Final Examination Applications lodged after the due submission date may be considered only if circumstances made it impossible for the application to be lodged before, or immediately after the original examination (e.g. ongoing serious illness exists). Students are not usually permitted to defer a deferred final exam. Any student who does not undertake their deferred exam will receive a mark of zero for the exam. Where students are able to provide evidence of exceptional circumstances that led to them being unable to sit their deferred final exam, they may apply for a late withdrawal from the unit using the ‘Enrolment Amendment' form. Full details are found in the Assessment Procedures.
Students are only permitted one extension per assignment and one deferral per examination/test/placement (on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances, see Assessment Procedures) unless otherwise approved. Students must make themselves available for deferred intra-semester exams and tests when scheduled by the Unit Convener . Deferred final exams are centrally administered by the Timetabling and Examinations Office.
This unit is not in the final semester of the course, and a supplementary assessment is not available.
Extensions to assignments, placements, deferred intra-semester tests and examinations
Students can apply for an extension to the due date for submission/completion of an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances (specific details are found through the Assessment Policy and Procedures). Extensions must be applied for before the due date as outlined above. It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the extension application will be successful. The Unit Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length or availability of the extension.
Students are only permitted one extension per assignment and one deferral per examination/test/ placement (on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances as per UC policies) unless otherwise approved. Students are NOT PERMITTED to defer a deferred intra semester exam, test or placement. Any student unable to undertake the deferred intra semester exam, test, assignment or placement will receive a mark of zero or fail grade for the assessment task.
Students should note that this policy does not apply to deferred final exams which are centrally administered by the examinations office.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
COVID Exam Considerations
Due to COVID-19 emergency conditions, exams may need to be offered remotely and use online proctoring software.
Inclusion and engagement
If you have a RAP that you wish to apply to your studies, it is your responsibility to communicate with your Unit Convener in writing at least 7 days before your in-class assessment is due. Please attach your RAP with your request.
Attendance at all lectures is expected and 100% participation is required in all Practical/Laboratory/ Tutorials. Students are required to submit an absence form (available via the unit's UC Learn Canvas site) and appropriate documentary evidence for every Practical/Laboratory absence. The Unit Convener will assess your application; however, this will not guarantee that your application will be successful.
This Unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the Optometry Board of Australia entry-level competencies for optometrists (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cxo.12216). Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendances is expected at all lectures, and 100% participation is required in all practicals/laboratories/tutorials, and presentations. Please note, that not all learning material covered in lectures, e.g. worked examples of problems or discussion in small groups, will be captured by the lecture recording software. Students are required to attend for the entire time scheduled for tutorials, practicals, laboratories and presentations. Students who are late by more than 15 minutes without an adequate documented reason will be regarded as absent; students who leave before the end, unless all assigned work has been completed to the satisfaction of the lecturer or tutor will be regarded as absent from the tutorial. It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, by telephone or email. If attendance requirements cannot be regularly satisfied (e.g. timetable clash) it may be recommended that you schedule this unit for a future semester.
Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in failure of the associated assessment piece. For inability to attend a scheduled laboratory session, an ‘Absence from Laboratory' form (available on UCLearn Canvas) with supporting documentation must be submitted to the Unit Convener; students may be required to attend an additional laboratory session to complete the required tasks. Consideration will be given for illness; however evidence such as a medical certificate will be required. The final decision will be at the discretion of the Unit Convener.
Contact details for the Unit Convenor and the Faculty of Health Administration Office are given in Section 1.
Required IT skills
The use of UCLearn Canvas, library searching skills, word and data processing (Microsoft Office Suite) and electronic presentation skills are necessary for this unit.
Students are expected to purchase their own non-programmable scientific calculator and small tape measure. Students will be expected to have the optometry student equipment starter kit and may additionally purchase additional equipment such as a direct ophthalmoscope and retinoscope and retinoscopy lens rack, diagnostic fundus lenses at their discretion. Students may wish to print electronically provided material for their own study. There are no additional in-unit costs.
Work placement, internships or practicums
The professional nature of this unit requires 100% participation at all learning activities (lectures, practicals etc. if scheduled – see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c). If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g. timetable clash), it is recommended that you meet with your Program Director/Course Convener to schedule this unit for a future semester.
Contract cheating (academic outsourcing / ghost-writing) is a form of academic misconduct in which students submit written or creative work which has been drafted or produced by someone else and claim authorship for it. It includes (but is not limited to) using a third party, offering their services for commercial or other benefits, to complete (either partially or fully) an assignment or other assessment items on behalf of the student.
You are at risk of contract cheating if you ask someone to:
- complete an assignment for you substantially edit your assignment
- do your university work for you, with or without compensation check test or quiz answers
- sit a test or quiz for you
- provide someone with your UC login details.
You may also be at risk of contract cheating if you provide information to people or organisations outside UC, such as:
- assignment questions and briefs lecture notes
- marking rubrics and marking guides
UC considers contract cheating serious misconduct which may attract suspension or exclusion from the university. Furthermore, we, as your education provider, have mandatory reporting responsibilities under National Law. We are required to notify the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) if we believe that a registered health practitioner (including those with student registration) has behaved in a way that constitutes notifiable conduct including signature departure from accepted professional standards. Contract cheating may also result in UC submitting a mandatory notification to AHPRA.
You can learn more about contract cheating in the Academic Integrity Module - which is a compulsory module that provides information about a range of issues including plagiarism and contract cheating. UC provides a range of services to support student learning - further information regarding Study Skills, Studiosity and Medical & Counselling services are available in your unit's Canvas site.
Pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, optometry practitioners (registered optometrists) and education providers have an obligation to report ‘notifiable conduct', to the Optometry Board of Australia in order to prevent the public being placed at risk of harm.
Education providers are also required, under s.143 of the National Law, to make mandatory notifications in relation to students, if the provider reasonably believes:
- a student enrolled with the provider has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm; or
- a student for whom the provider has arranged clinical training has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking the clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
Practitioners are required to make a mandatory notification in relation to a student if the practitioner reasonably believes that a student has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
All concerns raised within the Discipline of Optometry or by clinical preceptors will be reviewed by the Head of Discipline and the Course Convener before any reporting action is taken.These professional obligations are taken seriously by staff and the University. Students should be aware of their obligations under student registration.