Community Optometry PG (10331.1)
|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. Demonstrate competence in the OCANZ prescribed competencies of history-taking, patient examination, diagnosis, management and recording of clinical data;
2. Demonstrate competence in assessing and prescribing optical, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for common eye/visual system conditions;
3. Analyse their clinical placement experiences to gain a further understanding of the legal, ethical, professional, social and management issues in optometry practice; and
4. Analyse specialty clinical optometry encounters and apply self-reflection, feedback/ critique and development of new concepts to promote optometrist professional development.
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 - 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
Prerequisites10328 Advanced Primary Care Optometry PG AND 10329 Optometry for Special Populations PG
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in the Master of Optometry, 374JA.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Ms Layal Naji|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Ms Layal Naji|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Ms Layal Naji|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Ms Layal Naji|
Bowling, B. (2016). Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology : A systematic approach (Eighth ed.). London: Elsevier.
This book is available for purchase at the School Locker online-shop and for loan at the library (including online).
Bagheri, N., Wajda, B., Calvo, C., Durrani, A., Friedberg, M., Rapuano, C., & Wills Eye Hospital. (2017). The Wills Eye Manual : Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease
This book is available for loan at the library (including online).
Bruce AS and Loughnan MS. ‘Anterior Eye Disease and Therapeutics', Butterworth-Heinemann, 2nd edition, 2011
This book is available for loan at the library (including online).
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
To achieve a passing grade or higher in this unit, students must:
- Attempt all assessment items;
- Attend the full 10 week clinical placement. This includes placement at the Health Hub, external practices, vision screenings, and specialty Optometry clinics.
- Participate in 4 hour pre-placement workshop
- Achieve a mark of at least 50% in the compulsory work samples
- Keep a deidentified record of your compulsory work samples through your placement log. This must be completed daily for every placement. Submit your work samples via Mahara to the Clinical Coordinator weekly (or as required) during relevant clinical placement. Failure to do so may result in a failure of the clinical placement or a loss of 5% of the total unit marks per day.
- Complete the E-portfolio submission. The assignment must be completed satisfactorily for you to pass the clinical placement. In the case of an inadequate or incomplete e- portfolio you will fail the placement and need to repeat the unit it is attached to.
The Unit Convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Students are 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 your application; however, this will not guarantee that your application will be successful.
Students are required to cooperate in (laboratory classes, workshops or remediation sessions) where students may be asked to practice 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, you will gain an insight and empathy into the issues associated with testing visual function, both from the point of view of both an optometrist and patient.
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 the teaching staff can result in failure of a patient assessment task regardless of the aggregate mark for the assessment.
Students who have failed a single unit in their final semester with a final mark between 45-49%, where the unit is required for course completion, are eligible for supplementary assessment.
However, a Unit Convener may seek permission from the Associate Dean (Education) for an exemption from this requirement if it is impractical or inappropriate to offer supplementary assessment
(e.g. where the unit involves teaching practicums or professional placements).
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.
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 and participation is required at all placements and workshops. Students are required to attend for the entire time scheduled for placements and workshops . 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 clinical educator will be regarded as absent from the placement. It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, by 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 clinical session, an ‘Absence from Clinic' form (available on UCLearn Canvas) with supporting documentation must be submitted to the Unit Convener; students may be required to attend an additional clinical 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.
Required IT skills
The use of UCLearn Canvas, Smartabase, Mahara, library searching skills, word and data processing (Microsoft Office Suite) and electronic presentation skills are necessary for this unit.
In-Unit costs for students include travel and accomodation costs for placements.
Compulsory placement can include regional placement within Australia.
- Eligible students may apply for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Student Support Scheme for financial support.
- There are also subsidised placement accomodations for UC Health Students.
Further details will be provided on CANVAS.
Students should already own the full Optometry uniform and Optometry kit.
Students have access to Optometry Equipment loans.
To arrange equipment loan, or if you have any concerns with meeting the cost requirements of this unit, please contact your unit convener.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves work integrated learning: Placement.
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). You must complete Pre-Place: Preparation for Work Integrated Learning prior to commencement of your Placement. You can self-enrol in this module through the UC Learn site here.
You are also required to complete details in InPlace, refer to inplace.canberra.edu.au. If you have any queries related to InPlace please contact email@example.com.
Contact your unit convener if you have any concerns with meeting the requirements of this unit.
Complying with UC Graduate attributes of professionalism is a requirement for students enrolled in this unit.
Failure to comply and demonstrate these attributes will result in your practice placement being cancelled.