Assessment of Optometric Competence PG (10330.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Health
|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. Demonstrate optometric skills and knowledge at a standard appropriate for entry into the optometry profession in a range of health care contexts;
2. Use critical thinking and evidenced based practice to inform their optometry practice including research and quality improvement projects; and
3. Collaborate with clients and stakeholders effectively and appropriately to improve vision and health outcomes.
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 - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
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
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesStudents must have passed 36 credit points AND
10412 Optometry Residency PG AND 10413 Optometry in Practice PG
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in the 374JA Master of Optometry.
|Teaching start date
|05 February 2024
|Dr Agnes Choi
|29 July 2024
|Dr Agnes Choi
There is no prescribed textbook for this unit. Students are advised to revise all suitable material from pre-requisite units in the Master of Optometry and Bachelor of Vision Science as the assessments necessarily includes assessment of content taught in previous units of the optometry program as this unit applies all that knowledge to patient care.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass the unit, students must:
- attempt all assessment items, including subparts;
- attend all clinical placements, lectures, workshops and problem based learning (PBL). Note that for external accreditation reasons, attendance is compulsory and records will be kept. Students are required to submit an absence form (available via the unit's canvas site) and documentary evidence for EACHabsence.
- achieve a minimum mark of 50% in E portfolio parts A and B to pass the unit (hurdle) and satisfy OCANZ patient quota requirements (hurdle).
- pass 100% of the OSCE stations to pass the unit (hurdle)
Students are required to pass 100% of the OSCE stations to pass the unit (hurdle). Only students who pass at least 50% of the OSCE stations (i.e. 11 out of 21) during the main OSCE examination will be eligible for a maximum of two additional attempts at the failed stations during the scheduled times in weeks 19 and 20 of the semester. The additional attempts will not contribute to the mark, i.e. not increase nor decrease the mark for the OSCE examination assessment, and are only for the purposes of demonstrating competency to meet this unit hurdle.
Example 1: A student passed 10 out of the 21 stations in the main OSCE examination achieving amark of 48% (10/21*100=48%). This is fewer than 50% of the OSCE stations, therefore the student has failed the assessment item and the hurdle; they are not eligible for any further attempts and must repeat the unit. The final mark for the OSCE will be 48%.
Example 2: A student passed 18 out of the 21 stations (i.e. 18/21*100=86%) in the main OSCE examination so is eligible for 2 additional attempts to pass the failed stations (i.e. needs to re-attempt the 3 failed stations only). If the student is able to obtain competency in all the failed stations withinthose 2 additional attempts, the student keeps the same mark of 86% and has passed the OSCE hurdle. If the student does not achieve competency in the failed stations after 2 additional attempts,the student has not met the requirement to pass 100% of the OSCE stations to pass the unit (hurdle) and must repeat the unit.
Example 3: A student passed 11 out of the 21 stations (i.e. 11/21*100=52%) in the main OSCEexamination so is eligible for a maximum of 2 additional attempts to pass the failed stations (i.e. needsto re-attempt the 10 failed stations only). If the student is able to obtain competency in all the failedstations within those 2 additional attempts, the student keeps the same mark of 52% and has passed the OSCE hurdle. If the student does not achieve competency in the failed stations after 2additional attempts, the student has not met the requirement to pass 100% of the OSCE stations to pass the unit (hurdle) and must repeat the unit.
Students are not permitted supplementary assessments within this unit as successful completion of each assessment item is required to demonstrate required professional competencies.
The unit convener reserves the right to question students on any of their submitted work.
If a student has a Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP) to apply to their studies, it is their responsibility to communicate with their unit convener in writing with the RAP attached at least 7 days before their in-classassessment is due.
Students are required to cooperate in (laboratory classes, workshops or remediation sessions) where students may be asked to practise optometry skills on each other, so each student is the patient and practitioner in turn and in approximately equal duration. By both conducting the clinical procedures and participating in the tests, students will gain an insight and empathy into the issues associated with testing visual function, from the point of view of both an optometrist and patient.
This course aims to develop your professional and communication skills in preparation for your journey towards being a health professional. During classes and placements, you will be required to demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict. Any action or omission that affects the safety of your patient or peers or is deemed disrespectful to your patients, fellow students or theteaching staff can result in failure of a patient assessment task regardless of the aggregate mark for the assessment. Virtual classes have additional requirements where you will further develop communication skills in the virtual environment. While in a virtual environment, students are required to present themselves and communicate with peers, staff and invited speakers in a professional way. Hence, the default for all virtual classes is for all student web cameras to be turned on during virtual classes. Instructors may requirestudents to interact either verbally, through polls or the shared chat function. Students who do not participatein this way can be marked as absent for the class. Students who need guidance on expected behaviours and participation may consult with the Unit Convenor and/or Study Skills. Instructors may request that cameras are turned off under certain circumstances.
This unit has been granted an exemption from the requirement to offer supplementary assessments. Students are not permitted supplementary assessments within this unit as successful completion of each assessment item is required to demonstrate required professional competencies.
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.
Students are required to cooperate in laboratory classes, workshops or remediation sessions where studentsmay be asked to practice optometry skills on each other, with each student as the patient and practitioner inturn and in approximately equal duration. By both conducting the clinical procedures and participating in thetests, you will gain an insight and empathy into the issues associated with testing visual function, both fromthe point of view of both an optometrist and patient.
Contract cheating (academic outsourcing / ghost-writing) is a form of academic misconduct in which studentssubmit written or creative work which has been drafted or produced by someone else and claim authorshipfor it. It includes (but is not limited to) using a third party, artificial intelligence, offering their services forcommercial or other benefits, to complete (either partially or fully) an assignment or other assessment itemson behalf of the student.
You are at risk of contract cheating if you ask someone (including artificial intelligence) 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
- Use someone's work as your own
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 theuniversity. Furthermore, we, as your education provider, have mandatory reporting responsibilities underNational Law. We are required to notify the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) if webelieve that a registered health practitioner (including those with student registration) has behaved in a waythat constitutes notifiable conduct including signature departure from accepted professional standards.Contract cheating can result in UC submitting a mandatory notification to AHPRA.
You can learn more about contract cheating in the Academic Integrity Module, a compulsory module thatprovides information about a range of issues including plagiarism and contract cheating. UC provides arange of services to support student learning. Further information regarding Study Skills, Studiosity and Medical & Counselling services are available on your unit's Canvas site.
Artificial intelligence services must not be used by students in assessments or assessment preparation.
This unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand competencies and learning outcomes for this unit. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendance is expected at all lectures, and 100% participation is required in all clinical placements, workshops and PBL.
Internal placements are expected to run from 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday). However, this may change depending on staff movements and the scheduling of patient appointments. Students will be expected to be present daily at their clinical placement. When there are no patients booked in, students will be attending feedback sessions, remediation sessions on clinical skills and professional skills, other clinical work (including administrative), or developing product knowledge.
It is expected that students who are unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the unit convener by email as soon as practical. Students are also required to submit an absence form (available via the unit's UC Learn Canvas site) and appropriate documentary evidence for every absence. The unit convener will assess the application; however, this will not guarantee that the application will be successful. Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in failure of the associated assessment piece. Consideration will be given for illness; however evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
Required IT skills
The unit involves the use of UC Learn Canvas, library searching skills, Microsoft Office Suite and online presentation skills.
This unit also involves online meetings in real time using the Virtual Room in the UC Learn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows students to communicate in real time with their lecturer/instructor, and other students. Students will need a web camera and a microphone to participate verbally. For best audio quality, a microphone and speaker headset are recommended. Students are advised to go to the Virtual Room in the UC Learn site and 'Join Course Room' for more information and testing their computer. This will trigger a tutorial to help the student familiarise with the functionality of the Virtual Room.
Students are required to turn on their cameras for online classes and will be marked absent if their cameras are not turned on.
Costs associated with clinical placements include but are not limited to:
- uniform related costs and uniform maintenance
- equipment related costs and equipment maintenance
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves work integrated learning projects (WIL). Students must adhere to University policy during WIL activities, including the Student Conduct Rules 2018, the WIL Policy and WIL Procedure, and the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedure.
This unit has pre-placement requirements (e.g. Working with Vulnerable People registration, immunisation/s) which must be completed prior to the student's placement.
Under section 143 of the National Law, an education provider must notify the National Agency if the providerreasonably believes — (a) a student enrolled in a program of study provided by the provider has animpairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training as part of the program of study, mayplace the public at substantial risk of harm; or (b) a student for whom the education provider has arrangedclinical training has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking the clinical training, mayplace the public at substantial risk of harm.