Assessment of Ocular Health (10408.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Optometry||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Examine the anterior and posterior segments of the eye using appropriate clinical techniques and describe the optical principles, strengths and limitations of each technique;
2. Describe the principles of the various clinical techniques used for measuring IOP and obtain accurate measurements of IOP in adult subjects;
3. Demonstrate how to care for all equipment involved in ocular health assessment including the techniques necessary for preventing cross infection;
4. Evaluate the principal mechanisms of clinically relevant image acquisition modalities, the potentials and limitations of each method and the importance of multi-modal imaging; and
5. Describe the latest developments in the field of ocular imaging and their relevance to the diagnosis of clinical disease.
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
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites10285 Ocular Anatomy and Phsyiology
Corequisites10289 Functional and Developmental Disorders of Vision
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Mrs Rachel Smeal|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Mrs Rachel Smeal|
Title: Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care
Author: David B Elliott
Edition: 4th or 5th edition
This book is available for purchase at the Co-op book shop, or for loan at the library
Title: Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach
Author: Bowling (8th), Salmon (9th)
Edition: 8th or 9th Edition
This book is strongly recommended for Assessment of Ocular Health and will is a required textbook for other units in the Bachelor of Vision Science degree
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
To pass this unit you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
- Students must pass the final practical examination to pass this unit by obtaining a mark of at least 50%. This component is a threshold component of the unit and is required to succesfully pass the unit overall.
- Students must pass 3 of the 4 clinical skills assessed in the final practical exam. This component is a threshold component of the unit and is rquired to successfully pass the unit overall.
- Students must pass the final theory exam to pass this unit by obtaining a mark of at least 50%. This component is a threshold component of the unit and is required to succesfully pass the unit overall.
- Students must have participated as a patient in the UC Health Hub optometry clinic with a final year UC optometry student before Week 11 of this iteration of the unit, and completed the reflection on the techniques used to assess ocular health in a submission as part of one of the lab quizzes.
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 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 patients or peers or is deemed disrespectful to your patients, fellow students or the teaching staff can result in failure of an assessment task regardless of the aggregate mark for the assessment.
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.
Deferred in-class assessments
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. The student must provide documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) 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 practical assessment. Any student unable to undertake the deferred assessment will be failed for the assessment task.
In 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 (3) days of the scheduled examination. 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.
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 lab sessions. 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 lab sessions. 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 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.
Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendance is expected at all lectures, and lab sessions.
Required IT skills
This unit may involve online meetings in real time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site (subject to lockdown). The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
Students will be required to purchase items such as equipment for some lab sessions.
Details can be found on the Canvas site for the Bachelor of Vision Science.
Work placement, internships or practicums
6h Additional Information:
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.