Ocular Pharmacology (10409.1)
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|Faculty Of Health
|Discipline Of Optometry
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced 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. Select appropriate ocular pharmaceutical agents for cycloplegia, mydriasis, and topical anaesthesia;
2. Choose appropriate topical and oral medications to treat allergic, inflammatory and infectious eye diseases based on pathophysiological mechanisms, best available research evidence and patient preference;
3. Select appropriate topical medications for the treatment of glaucoma;
4. Accurately write an ocular therapeutic prescription; and
5. Instruct patients on the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological topical medications including providing accurate information on the dose, frequency, timing, methods of installation and hygiene associated with ocular agents.
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 - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
Prerequisites10285 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology AND 10293 Pharmacology for Health Professionals AND 6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology
Corequisites10291 Diseases of the Eye
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Clinical Ocular Pharmacology, 5th Edition or later
Jimmy Bartlett and Siraat Jannus
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
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, artificial intelligence, 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 (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 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 on your unit's Canvas site.
Artifical intelligence services must not be used by students in assessments or assessment preparation.
Special assessment requirements
Practical Coursework and Assessments
In order to pass 10409 Ocular Pharmacology, students must:
- Achieve a mark of at least 50% in the final exam; and
- Achieve a final aggregate (overall) mark of 50% or higher
If an answer provided by a student is likely to cause patient harm, contradictory in nature or is inappropriate to the question, the student may have marks deducted, to not less than a zero grade for the entire assessment item.
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.
As stated earlier, 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 the teaching 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 require students to interact either verbally, through polls or the shared chat function. Students who do not participate in this way will be marked as absent for the class. Students who need guidance on expected behaviors 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 is NOT in the final semester of the course, and a supplementary assessment is NOT available.
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 Exams and Assessments
In the event a student misses an intra-semester assessment due to an extenuating and evidenced circumstance, the student must contact the Unit Convener and request a deferred exam/assessment/quiz within three (3) days of the scheduled assessment. The request must be made in writing (by email) with an 'Assignment Extension' form. 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 will be informed of the date of the deferred assessment via the student's University email and the deferred assessment may take place within 3 days of the email being sent by the Unit Convenor and/or representative. Students are not permitted to defer a deferred intra-semester exam, quiz or assessment. Any student unable to undertake the deferred intra-semester exam will be failed for the assessment task and will result in a zero grade being awarded for that assessment item.
In the event a student is unable to attend their scheduled 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 (through the Student Centre). This must be lodged within three (3) days of the scheduled examination. Deferred 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 received 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.
If a student is feeling unwell or hold a current medical certificate on the day of the scheduled examination, they should not attempt the examination as once the examination paper has been opened, the student is unable to defer the examination, and no consideration will be given for illness when the examination is marked.
Students are only permitted one extension per assignment and one deferral per examination/assessment (on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances) unless otherwise approved. Students must make themselves available for deferred intra-semester exams and quizzes which will be scheduled by the Unit Convener and informed to the student through the Canvas site or student email. It is the student's responsibility to ascertain the correct timetable for their examinations and quizzes. Deferred final examations are centrally administered by the Timetabling and Examinations Office.
Students are required to cooperate in laboratory classes and tutorials. Where students may be asked to practice optometry or clinical skills on each other, each student is expected to participate equitably as patients and practitioners; the amount of participation in these roles should be decided by students so that no student has a lesser or greater contribution than the others within the group. By both conducting the clinical procedures, participating in the tests, and experiencing the different types of eye drops used within an eye examination, you will gain an insight and empathy into the issues associated with testing visual function and effects of eye drops, both from the point of view of 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 patient safety 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, and can also result in student misconduct.
Inclusion and engagement
If you have a Reasonable Adjustment Plan (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.
This unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the Optometry Board of Australia entry-level competencies for optometrists
Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendance is expected at all lectures, and 100% participation is expected in all laboratories. 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 expected to attend for the entire time scheduled for laboratories. 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 session. It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, by telephone or email. Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in failure of the associated assessment piece (e.g. if you do not attend a laboratory session, the associated laboratory report will not be marked as the laboratory report requires you to include data that you have been involved collecting).
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 or complete other designated tasks in place of an additional laboratory session at the descretion of the Unit Convenor. Consideration will be given for illness; evidence such as a medical certificate will be required. The final decision will be at the discretion of the Unit Convener.
Currently, there are no mandates on use of personal protective equipment but if any mandates are reinstated within the University, these will need to be followed. If students are unwilling to follow University directives, they will not be permitted to enter and participate in the laboratory session. As this information may change, please review CANVAS announcements regularly.
If a student is unable to hand in a laboratory report due to illness or extenuating circumstances, he or she must apply to the unit convenor for an assignment extension within three (3) days after the scheduled laboratory session. Late submission of a laboratory report (without an approved extension) will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available per calendar day late. A laboratory report submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted.
Contact details for the Unit Convenor and the Student Centre are given in Section 1.
Required IT skills
The use of UCLearn Canvas, library searching skills for appropriate references, and word and data processing (Microsoft Office Suite) skills are necessary for this unit.
There are no additional in-unit costs.
Work placement, internships or practicums
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 reasonable 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 Discipline Lead and the Unit 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.
For further information, please refer to: https://www.optometryboard.gov.au/policies-codes-guidelines/guidelines-for-mandatory-notifications.aspx