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HMO304 - Principles and Practice of Optometry 2

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

Unit chair:

Heather Connor


HMO203 and HMO204



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 2 hours of clinical skills seminars and 1 x 2 hour dispensing practical per week for 10 weeks of trimester. 1 x 8 hours of transition to clinical practice workshop and up to 70 hours of clinical placements across the trimester


In this unit students will build on the foundations developed in HMO203 and HMO204. They will gain further skills in history-taking and patient examination. They will continue to apply other competencies defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) including diagnosis, patient management, recording of clinical data and practical application of ophthalmic dispensing principles. They will further explore legal and ethical issues drawn from the problem-based learning cases presented in HMO303 and gain clinical knowledge and skills in professional practice associated with the cases through clinical skills seminars. In addition, students will consider in more depth public and population health implications in identifying and managing the conditions presented in the cases. Clinical skills seminars will develop skills based on the cases including developmental and refractive disorders of vision, ocular pathology, and systemic disorders of vision. Transition to clinical practice workshops will prepare students for clinical residential placement and highlight topical issues in optometric practice. Finally, students will be introduced to research methodology in preparation for an extended clinical research project, which will be commenced in later units.


Assessment task 1: 6 x objective structured practical examination (OSPrEs) during trimester 50%

Assessment task 2: Team-based project to produce a clinical skill demonstration video 20%

Assessment task 3: Clinical case report 15%

Assessment task 4: Dispensing examination 15%

Hurdle requirements:

  • Passing 6 out of 6 OSPrEs in Assessment Task 1
  • Successful completion of Professionalism and Placement (P & P) requirements, as defined in the Optometry P & P guide


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